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.
“oh shit he looks like one of those frat boys from college who actually cares about people’s feelings and his future sign me the fuck up“ - @tomskgard on twitter
Pairings: Frat Boy!Tom Holland x Reader
Warning(s)?: A lil PG-13, but nothing too crazy, and no smut (yet)
Word Count: 2.1k wow I JUST COULDN’T STOP WRITING
A/N: This story is actually based on this tweet (https://twitter.com/tomskgard/status/905611268760809473), and I could not stop thinking about how I wanted to write an imagine based on it. So here we go laid ease, grab your snacks cuz this is a long and fun one! Send in requests if have any btw :-)
You were greeted with the strong smell of liquor and your Vans sticking to the floor coated in some type of drink as you walked through the large doors of this frat house.
This was your first college frat party, needless to say you had never seen someone shotgun a beer as fast as the guy in front of you just did. And so many people were in each part of this house, it seemed like there was barely any more room for you and your friends.
“Hey ladies!” you hear and turn your head to the voice. It was a tall, slim boy wearing an Alpha Sigma Phi shirt, which was the frat house you were at today.
“Hey David, this party is lit!” your friend, Emma, says to him. She has to basically yell over the loud music blasting from the speakers. David simply laughs before motioning for you guys to walk into the party and wandering off.
Thankfully, you and your girls all pre-gamed so you weren’t walking into this party completely sober. Emma and Rayna decided to go to get some more drinks, while you and Jess went to the dance floor; you especially loved the song that was playing at the moment: Boogie Feet by Kesha.
You and Jess shimmy through the crowd holding hands so you don’t get lost. As you reach the center of the dance floor, you both waste no time before moving your bodies to the rhythm of the song, letting your limbs take control while your head is in the clouds.
By the time the song ended, you had made friends with the girls dancing next to you. You all would sing the lyrics with each other and laugh contagiously. Next song was Slippery by Migos ft Gucci Mane, and this one would get you hype; it was one of your favorites. And you were dancing to the song so carelessly, you bumped into a body quite hard unintentionally.
Turning around to face who it was, apologies start spilling out of your mouth, “Oh god, I am so so sorry-”
Looking up to the guy’s face, you realize he’s probably the most attractive guy you’ve ever seen. He’s wearing a blue and black flannel with the top two buttons unbuttoned and jeans, and his curly brown hair was covered with a cap. Not to mention, his hands still rest on your waist to steady you from knocking into him.
“Hey, don’t worry about it,” he says charmingly; his British accent and tone of voice could make you swoon. “I like this song, too.”
His comment makes you laugh, and he removes his hands from your waist. “I’m Y/N.”
“Tom,” he says with a smile, then takes a sip of whatever’s in the red cup he’s holding.
“So you’re part of Alpha Sig?” you bite your lip, trying to learn a little bit more about him before you fully pursue him. His looks are already a ten and from what you’ve seen, so is his personality.
“Yeah.. I love it. I’m a sophomore and these guys have treated me like nothing but their family since I’ve joined,” he tells you, seemingly really passionate about frat life. Most guys are only in it for the parties and the girls, but he seems like he really enjoys the brotherhood of it all.
“That’s really cool that you’re into it like that. Most guys only like it for.. other reasons,” you say, causing him to chuckle lightly. And that smile.. wow.
“That other stuff is just a plus,” he assures you.
“Aye! My man, Tom!” you hear from behind Tom so you both turn around to see a group of guys making their way over to where you guys are. These guys all start hugging and high-fiving Tom and you realize he must be pretty popular. With a personality like that, you don’t see how he wouldn’t be.
As you watch Tom and his chums, you’re snapped out of your thoughts by one them asking Tom, “Ooh, who’s this?”
“Oh, guys, this is Y/N! Y/N, this is Kyle, Ronnie, Blake, Andrew, and Tyler.” He points and you smile at all of them, somewhat cowering behind Tom.
“Oh, cool! So you in a sorority?” Blake asks, and you shake your head.
“Nope,” you say simply.
“Really? You could totally pass as a Pi Beta Phi hottie!” Ronnie announces, causing all the boys to laugh in agreement.
Heat rises to your cheeks and you don’t really know what to say. Tom senses your silence as your hand fishes for Tom’s behind his back, and as if you guys were both thinking the same thing, your hand connects with his.
“Heyyy, now fellas,” Tom scolds playfully, “can’t some other girl receive the pleasure of your comments?”
Tom says this sarcastically, but it’s all it takes for the group of guys to scurry off to find some more poor girls.
“Damn, they really listen to you,” you note as he turns back around to face you.
He genuinely smiles at your comment before asking, “Hey love, do you wanna get some drinks?”
Tom leads you through the crowd to the drinks table, his hand still intertwined with yours.
“What would you like?”
“I’ll have whatever you’re having,” you say, not having all that much experience with alcoholic drinks to know the variation.
He smiles lightly before fetching two colorful drinks in a Solo cup. It had fruits lying at the top, and you were pretty excited to try it.
“What is it?” you ask curiously as he hands it to you.
“Jungle Juice,” he raises his cup and you raise yours as well, meeting in the middle as you both say “Cheers!” and race to see who can finish it the fastest. Tom, obviously has you beat by a few seconds, this new drink feeling all too mysterious as it travels down your throat, stinging a bit. Tom wipes the corners of his mouth lazily, which you can’t help but admit is a little sexy to watch.
Your attention is quickly averted from Tom to clamor coming from the front of the house, the music coming to a pause.
“12!!!” they all shout before running off in opposite directions, as does everyone else in the crowd. It takes a minute for your brain to register that 12 is slang for the police, and by the time you figure it out, Tom’s grabbing your hand and taking you to the back of the house.
The sirens got louder as Tom and you practically ran throughout the house. Suddenly, he opened a door and closed it as soon as you two got inside. It was small like a closet, but there were no clothes in it. There were just some empty boxes.
“I can feel the alcohol in my stomach,” you tell him, trying to catch your breath as he laughs.
“Me too,” he agrees, as you realize his hand is still in yours, but neither of you make a move to change that. “Our neighbors probably filed a noise complaint again; our last party was the last strike.”
“And then what?”
“They threatened that the first people they saw would be arrested on sight.”
“So your parties are always this crazy?” you ask. “And you always meet girls like me?”
“Yeah, the parties are usually like this.. but, no, I’ve never met a girl like you.”
You try to ignore the rapid beating in your heart as you both just stare at each other.
Opening your mouth to reply, it’s closed shut when you hear the front doors get forcefully opened. Tom holds a finger to his lips as you hear loud boots stomp around the house’s wooden floors. And as they travel further down, you hear more students start swearing and the clamps of handcuffs.
You were saying a quick prayer in your head. If you got arrested, you’d lose your scholarship, not to mention, your parents would kill you. You even tried to quiet your breathing, saying a silent prayer when you hear boots stomp past where you and Tom were hiding.
30 minutes had passed now in the closet, and Tom and you were getting so restless, the alcohol settling in, you began to goofily whisper to each other as you sat on the floor.
“And then I have this bruise,” you moved the sleeve of your top down to show him a purple bruise on the tip of your shoulder. You’d gotten it at the gym bench pressing and long story short, the weight grazed your shoulder, but it hurt like shit.
Tom took this as the perfect moment to reach over and push down on the bruise, causing you to flinch. “Owww!” you whisper-yelled, quite like a baby as you pushed your bottom lip out. “That hurt.”
“You want me to kiss it?” he asks gently, inching closer to you.
Your heart rate speeds up, “That would make it better..”
And with no further coaxing needed, he reached up and left a kiss right on the site of the bruise. But he didn’t stop there, his lips began to travel up your shoulder, leaving open mouthed kisses along your neck. It was taking everything in you to not let out a moan, your breaths were already too heavy. He was evidently not as innocent as he seemed to be.
Your hands found their way to the back of his curly hair, threading your fingers through his locks when he reached your jawline, leaving one last kiss there before stopping. “Better?” he asked, looking up at you with swollen lips.
You were swooning at this point, his brown eyes looking up at you with admiration and a hint of lust would make any girl weak. You made the first move this time, putting your fingers on his chin to align his face with yours.
“Hey bro, we’re good, the cops just left.” Someone said opening the door, making both your head and Tom’s turn. It turned out being Kyle, and you expected him to apologize for interrupting, but he didn’t even realize what he’d barged in on as he left as fast as he’d come.
Tom flashes you a longing smirk before standing up, holding his hand out for you to grab onto. You do, standing up next to him and walking out of the closet with his hand resting on the small of your back.
The music started back on as normal, but at this point most people were deciding to call it a night.
Rayna, Emma, and Jess all immediately approached you.
“Hey, we’re gonna uber back to our dorms. You coming or what?”
“Yeah, just wait for me outside,” you tell them, turning to face Tom. “Let’s exchange numbers, I definitely want to see you again,” you say, not even beating around the bush like you normally would. He laughs, nodding before handing you his iPhone and you hand him yours.
After putting your numbers in each other’s phones, you hand them back, standing and just looking at each other with goofy grins on your face for a few seconds. Neither of you wanted to say goodbye just yet. So just deciding to go for it, you reach up and connect your lips to his. It takes no time for him to return the kiss, gripping your hips tightly with his hands as one of your hands is placed on the side of his jaw. His lips felt so nice on yours as his tongue grazed your bottom lip, seemingly asking you for entrance which you accept, opening your mouth just enough for him to slip his tongue inside. He was way too good of a kisser to be even a little bit inexperienced.
One of your friends cleared their throat loudly, causing you to detach your lips from Tom’s and turn your head to them, all of them waiting on you impatiently.
“Sorry to interrupt, but our Uber’s here.” Rayna interjects, trying not to giggle.
You and Tom give each other one final peck before you remove your arms from each other. You catch up with your friends, and turn around to give Tom one last look before you walk out of the house. He’s already busy talking with his mates, and they seem to be excitedly hyping him up, probably over you. You knew it wouldn’t be long before you saw him again.
Some interesting facts about the ancient pyramids of Egypt.
-During the fall of consciousness in humanity, the pyramids were placed to activate certain grid points on Earth to open the field of consciousness fro ascension.
-The pyramids once aligned with true North before the poles changed.
-The measurements of the pyramids equal to Phi, the golden mean.
-If you divide the perimeter by the height, you receive the approximation of Pi.
-The pyramids align with the Orion’s Belt constellation.
-Speed of light through vacuum is 299,792,458 m/s.
-A geographic coordinate of 29.9792458, 31.134658 will end up on the Great Pyramid Of Giza
-In the Great Pyramid alone, it consists of about 2.5 million stone blocks.
-Based on the shafts in the Great Pyramid, when plotted on a map and coordinated, they can be found to replicate a pyramid mountain located in the Himalayas precisely.
-The Great Pyramid used to have swivel doors at the entrance.
-There are 4 shafts within the Great pyramid and 3 chambers. In the Queen’s chamber, the walls are covered with salt. This creates a theory that the shafts and chambers would combine to create a particle laser. Also in one of the shafts which had 2 copper pieces attached to the shaft door, there was corrosion on the copper, which means electricity was being generated and used there.
-If you had a hydrochloric acid solution coming down in one shaft, and hydrated zinc coming down the other shaft, when they combine in the Queen’s chamber they created hydrogen, the most powerful substance in the known universe.
-The North shaft had the hydrated zinc while the Southern shaft had the hydrochloric acid which meet at the Queen’s chamber to trigger combustion.
-The hydrogen then builds up in the King’s chamber.
-The energy of the Earth vibrates the whole pyramid which are picked up in the Grand Gallery which could be a resonator hall. There are 27 slots that go up the gallery.
-With this energy building up, it shoots a microwave out of one of the shafts.
-Water would be pumped into a chamber under the Great Pyramid from the Nile River. This created hydrolic pressure which vibrated the pyramid. There is evidence all over the chamber that shows presence of water.
-This means the pyramids function could have also been a power plant. It also tuned the frequencies of the Earth and could have possibly supplied energy to other places on Earth to obelisks and other sacred cites.