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Greeks gather on top of a building to get a better Decorating floats for the homecoming parade is a view of the Sigma Chi Derby Day activities. major activity for most fraternities and sororities. Greeks — 301 ll
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300 — Greeks
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Rush students faced with tears, and misconceptions All in a week ' s work With my clothes stuffed into the form closet, my new comforter stretched across the bed and tears still running down my face from saying good- bye to Mom and Dad, I dashed off to the con- vocation session of so- rority rush 1984. Following the con- vocation, which in- cluded a rush fashion show that in no way re- sembled what I had plan- ned to wear during rush and a shopping spree at Albertson ' s with my rush group, I returned to my new 12 ' x 12 ' " home, " sat on the bed and wondered what to do next. My journal entry on August 25 included such phrases as " had fun with some new friends at Albertson ' s. " But the journal ended, " I ' m sa d. " The first few days of rush scratched the sur- face of what was yet to come. The excitement of really being at college, getting dressed up for rush parties, giggling, and decorating the dorm room made the serious- it all begins at sorority rush convocation, which takes place in the University Center Theater. Hopeful pledges Hs- ten closely to members of the Panhellenic Council. ness of rush take the back seat. Journal entries in- cluded " went to Baskin- Robbins, " " went to pool party, " and " saw ' Revenge of the Nerds ' with my rush group. " But by the fourth day of rush my attitude was somewhat different. The closing statement in my journal read, " I ' m scared. " As I attended the rush parties , the thing that im- pressed me the most was the genuine love and sisterhood they all shared. Each sorority was different, but they all had love and sister- hood in common. I remembered think- ing, " They have spent hours preparing for this. I ' m impressed. " I also thought, " Am I sure all of this is for me? Is this what I want? " For some reason, I always answered " yes. " Pref night — I " had " to make a decision. Which sorority is right for me? The climax of the entire week seems now almost a blur, yet it seems as though time stood still for a few pre- cious moments when I too felt that love. I turned away from any barriers in my mind, and, as I had heard a hundred times during rush, " followed my heart. " Bid day was my first real college test! I sat on the floor of my room waiting for " the knock " at my door. When it came bearing a bid to join the Greek system, it was met with screams of excitement and hugs of congratulations. That day, wearing the jersey bearing my sorority ' s Greek symbol, was the perfect ending to rush week. Bid day always will be at the top of my list of exciting moments in college. " Well, I ' m in now. The rough part is over and the fun begins here, " I thought. True, the fun begins. But the pledgeship jour- ney is a hard one. The Greek system through the eyes of a pledge re- flects great images on Bid Day, but when pledge tests, curfews. study halls and dues are mentioned, the reflec- tion is slightly different. The worries of pledgeship are different from those of rush. I be- gan to think, " Will I ever make it? Are my grades going to be good enough? Why do I have to wear these silly rib- bons? Will they still want me? " Before I became a pledge, I thought a " sig " was a nickname for a cigarette! The Greek system — some take it and some leave it. It provided me with a home away from home. The system, with all its love and accep- tance, has given me my very own niche on this big campus. To a rushee and then to a pledge, it is something that is never forgotten or outgrown. It ' s everlasting as long as it ' s kept alive in the heart. For me, it went from a jumbled set of alphas, deltas, and ome- gas to being a major part of my life. — Tricia Hargrove 302 — Feature
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