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🎀 Master list of sweet sorority photo poses! 🎀

Sorority sisters love to take photos and sorority sugar loves these CUTE poses!


The Faux Conversation:

The Glitter Flurry:

The Elbow Clutch:

The Scenic Landmark:

The Circle:

The Legs In The Air Don’t Care:

The Sand in Our Toes:

The Flag Unfurled:

The Happy Hands:

The Straight Arm:

The Boot Scoot:

The Square: 

The Chalkboard Crush:

The Wall Sit:

The Timeless Squat:

The Shirt Showoff: 

The Arm In Arm:

The Tummy Tuck:

The Perfect Pair:

The One Leg Lift:

The Air Born:

The Just Hangin’ Around: 

The Sorority Sign:

The Blowing Bubbles:

The Pyramid: 

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Please don’t pass judgement on something you don’t understand.

I just read an article about a sorority recruitment video that “is worse for women than Donald Trump”–I read the entire article and watched the video, expecting some horrendous taboo recruitment video. I didn’t get what I expected. It was a complete run of the mill plain Jane recruitment video. The article states"It’s all so racially and aesthetically homogeneous and forced, so hyper-feminine, so reductive and objectifying, so Stepford Wives: College Edition. It’s all so … unempowering,”. When in reality it shows a group of girls goofing around, having fun and bonding with each other to form a sisterhood. Sisterhood is ultimately the reason a girl joins a sorority in the first place, so showcasing that is an extremely important part of the recruitment process. Speaking from experience, the making these types of videos is sometimes choreographed and sometimes someone just pulls out a camera and starts filming friends joking around, sitting and talking. 

Do the girls all have on nice outfits, their hair done and makeup on? Yes! Of course! Why would somebody post a video of their sorority looking like crap? That’s not going to attract PNMs. In many sororities, including my own, sisters pride themselves on appreciating beauty, both of themselves and their surroundings. This isn’t in vain or for shallow reasons, but simply because when we look our best, we feel our best. We are confident and ready to conquer anything. When we wear our letters or represent our houses, we are encouraged to spend a little extra time grooming in the morning to look put together. Similarly when I went on field trips in high school, we were instructed to wear nicer clothes and be nicely groomed because we were representing our school. There’s nothing wrong with taking pride in yourself. 

Thirdly, the author tells us that the video is lacking : any mention of core ideals or service and philanthropy efforts”. Recruitment videos are meant to be supplemental. They are shown to PNMs DURING the recruitment process. These PNMs are also talking to the sisters about their values and philanthropies. In fact, when I went through recruitment, the video was shown during our philanthropy round. We met with the girl who was recruiting us, talked about the philanthropy that house was involved in, watched the video, and did a small craft for the philanthropy (i.e. making sugar free iced tea lemonade for the JDRF walk when the philanthropy is Diabetes Research and Education). We don’t see it in the 5 minute video, but we talk about the values of the houses for 4 days, each time we visit. 

The author concludes saying “It’s the kind of thing I never want my young daughters to see or emulate.” That’s very sad, I want my daughter to emulate sorority women. Women who share a bond that lasts a lifetime. Women who seek wisdom, who aspire to keep their bodies and minds healthy, speak kindly with those who they meet and cherish the friendships they make along the way. I want her to be a woman who looks for ways to contribute to her community and show respect for herself, her home, and her beliefs. I want my daughter to be honest, kind and sincere. I want her to have high ambitions and find a way to reach them. That is the kind of woman I want to be, I want to raise and that is the kind of woman that is in a sorority. 

RANT OVER. Please, just do research and find the appropriate information on a subject before you pass judgment. Not everything about a system can be shown in a 5 minute video that’s meant to be an advertisement. 

Paddles are a tradition in sororities. While many sororities have tried to stay away from paddles due to their historical uses, I believe that paddles are an essential part of Greek life. Whether you’re in PanHellenic, IFC, for MGC paddles are common place. I have complied a list of my five favorite paddles that I have come across on Pinterest.

1. Alpha Sigma Tau Anchor Paddle

2. Kappa Alpha Theta Tangled Paddle

3. Lilly Pulitzer Paddle

4. Gamma Phi Beta Floral Paddle

5. Gamma Phi Beta Quote Paddle

Bonus: Kappa Alpha Theta UP Paddle (this is my personal paddle that I gave to my big. Not on the top five, but I wanted to share it on my blog)

I Bentvueghels

Fra il 1620 e il 1720 circa nacque e prosperò a Roma una particolare organizzazione di mutuo soccorso detta Schildersbent (in olandese “clan dei pittori”), i suoi membri si conoscevano fra di loro con il termine Bentvueghels (“i simili”). Scopo dell'organizzazione era fornire supporto e rifugio a quella miriade di pittori fiamminghi (con qualche eccezione solo per i tedeschi) che, attirati dal fascino esotico dell'antica Roma, molto in voga allora nelle accademie, decidevano di stabilirsi nel paese delle belle arti e della classicità per condurre vita da artisti. Una capacità di attrazione formidabile che oggi farebbe la fortuna di albergatori, affittacamere e B&B, ma all’epoca il movimento diede non poco filo da torcere alle autorità artistiche e religiose, l'associazione si mise infatti da subito in urto con l'Accademia di San Luca, l'organo ufficiale attraverso il quale il Vaticano controllava gli artisti e imponeva i tributi.

Nel 1620, Urbano VIII concesse il diritto all'Accademia di San Luca di stabilire chi poteva esser considerato “artista” a Roma e tredici anni più tardi, nel 1633, le diede la capacità di poter tassare tutti gli artisti ed il monopolio su tutte le commissioni pubbliche dello Stato Pontificio. L'accademia entrò sotto l'alto patronato del nipote del Papa, il cardinal Francesco Barberini, Sr.” (wikipedia)

I Bentvueghels, protestanti e piuttosto allergici alle autorità religiose, si rifiutavano di pagare il tributo smerciando le proprie opere per strada, guadagnandosi così la nomea di pagani e tiratardi, di festaioli sregolati e impenitenti; i loro rito di iniziazione, ampiamente documentato, prevedeva un baccanale in cui l'iniziato impersonava il dio Bacco in una sorta di toga party della Delta Tau Chi in stile Animal House. Ogni membro doveva poi scegliersi un nome di battaglia, così Jan Frans van Bloemen, alias Orizzonte, Jan van Bunnick, alias Keteltrom o Timballo, Jan Linsen, alias Hermafrodito, Abraham Genoels II, alias Archimede per le sue conoscenze di matematica, Pieter van Laer, alias Il Bamboccio per il suo aspetto infantile (da cui nacque poi la scuola detta dei “bamboccianti”) e così via. Seguono diapositive.

(Jan Frans van Bloemen, alias Orizzonte, Veduta della campagna romana nei pressi di Tivoli)

(Pieter van Laer, alias Il Bamboccio, Sosta di cacciatori)

(Bartholomeus Breenbergh, alias Het Fret, il furetto, Veduta ideale con rovine romane, sculture ed un porto)

(Johannes Glauber, alias Polidoro, Paesaggio arcadico)


In honor of National Volunteer Day, here are three incredible pictures of a trip to the Elizabethtown Crippled Children’s Hospital by the Delta Tau Chi group in 1964.

I know I usually add humor to all of my posts, but volunteerism is a central part of life at Lebanon Valley College. I am humbled by these photos. We often forget the good that people can do and the difference one moment, one hour, one day of selfless volunteering can make in another person’s life.

Top Picture: Lois Quickel

Middle Picture: R. Carlson

Bottom Picture: B. Benner

Against The Wall- Part One

Prompt: Rye and Peeta share an apartment and Katniss is their next door neighbor. Every week Rye brings home a different girl and they have loud sex (which Katniss constantly overhears). Katniss thinks Peeta is the one with all the conquests, how does she figure out he isn’t? [submitted by Anonymous]

A/N: Modern AU. Rated E for explicit language, graphic sex, and potentially offensive slang. Part One of Three. Contains direct and revised quotes from The Hunger Games books and movies. With many thanks to @everlylark , @jennagill , and @myusernamehere for pre-reading under a tight deadline and to @javistg for being a gracious host and all-around mensch. All mistakes and errors are mine. Sadly, The Hunger Games is not.

Contains lyrics from “Anecdotes” by Joanna Newsom.


He moved in on a Saturday morning at the asscrack of dawn.

It was the grunting that woke her up, some strange man’s voice barking things like “pivot!” and “higher,” and “no, no, you go first” from the narrow hallway outside her apartment. Katniss rubbed the crust from her eyes, impatiently gouging her index finger into each corner, and laid there, belligerently tangled in her sleep-rumpled sheets, grimacing from the commotion in the hall. A small army, by the sound of it, was hauling furniture into the empty apartment next door. She could hear their names— Mellark, Finnick, and Hawthorne— and although it was bad form to judge people by the sound of their voices, she had the distinct impression that the brothers of Delta Tau Chi were moving into sweet Mags’ old apartment.

She missed her former neighbor already, the afternoon invitations to tea (that Katniss never accepted but appreciated all the same), and the peace and order of the hours the elderly woman kept. She even missed the smell of the mothballs, although, in the scorching heat of late summer, she could still detect traces of it baking its way out of the pores of the walls. When Mags had passed away and her apartment was posted for let, Katniss had hoped that the faded floral wallpaper and the spare room that had been earmarked for Mags’ porcelain doll collection would be a magnet for another sweet old lady.

No such luck, it turned out. That was the downside to living in a rent-controlled apartment in a gentrifying neighborhood— the invasion of the casually affluent hipsters and frat boys who saw an affordable apartment in a working class neighborhood as an opportunity to gain street cred while still living a short commute from their shiny new jobs and the glitzy shops and restaurants further downtown.      

Climbing out of bed, she slipped on her robe and wrapped it around her like body armor, tiptoeing over to her front door and pressing her ear lightly to the wood, curious to glean whatever information she could about the new tenants in apartment 451.  

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🎨 get the look: how to paint sorority canvas shoes! 🎨

Painted sorority Keds and Toms are super fun for bid day, big/little reveal and any day! Get the look with these step-by-step instructions for creating your footwear works of art. They are totally wearable and a FAB way to show your greek pride all around campus.


  • Pair of white canvas sneakers (Keds), or white/ivory slip-ons (Toms), or similar brands. 
  • 1-2" blue painter’s tape
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint pens and/or Sharpies
  • Firm small brushes
  • Tissue paper
  • Pencil for tracing or penciling freehand 
  • Tracing paper for preferred technique
  • Nail polish remover & Q-tips
  • Clear matte sealing spray such as Krylon

❉ STEP 1 Prep the Shoes: 

  • Remove the laces if you are painting Keds. 
  • Tape all around the sole with the blue painter’s tape, protecting the edges from stray paint.
  • Stuff tissue paper in the toes of the shoes to keep your painting surface firm.

❉ STEP 2 Lightly Trace Your Design:

  • With a pencil, lightly freehand your design. Or trace one using your favorite tracing technique. Please refer to the sorority sugar Letter Tracing Guide for different ways to trace. 
  • Another option is to print a design from the computer, cut it out and use it as a “stencil.” Secure your stencil with pins and lightly trace around it.

❉ STEP 3 Paint the Design:

  • Using firm, small brushes paint your design on the canvas surface. 
  • A light touch works better than a heavy application.
  • Accent and outline with paint pens and/or colored Sharpies.
  • If there are multiple layers to your design, allow for drying time.

❉ STEP 4 Finishing Touches:  

  • After shoes are completely dry, spray clear sealant over the painted surface.
  • Remove the blue painter’s tape. 
  • Touch up any stray paint spots with a Q-tip and nail polish remover.
  • Remove the tissue paper inside the toes.
  • Re-lace the shoes if you painted Keds.

{DIY photos & info from: google search}

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