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Mar 15, 2011

Greek Speak: It’s Spring Break, Baby!

So it's Spring Break and I only have two words: hell yes. Here are the top 10 ways Greeks keep it, well, Greek on vacation.

Mar 8, 2011

Greek Speak: What NOT to Do

No one's perfect, not even the quintessential sorority girl. We all make mistakes, do dumb things, have regrets, and that's only exacerbated when you've got an abundance of alcohol, estrogen and strong opinions. But which of those faux pas are forgotten by the time breakfast rolls around and which will forever ruin our reputations?

Feb 15, 2011

Greek Speak: Holiday Bonding

So yesterday was Valentine’s Day. Not that you needed that (brutal) reminder; the aisles at CVS said it all. If you were one of the lucky few of us (not me) that were whisked away on some romantic fairytale-like evening… well, good for you. But I don't wanna hear about it.

Feb 8, 2011

Greek Speak: Should Recruitment Be….Frilly?

We are officially well into spring semester, and if you are a sorority girl that only means one thing: recruitment. For some it's the first round of rush for the school year. For others, this is not your first recruitment rodeo. If you fall into the latter category, bless your little hearts! That's dedication, people.

Feb 1, 2011

Greek Speak: What’s With All The Negativity?

Hazing. It’s a touchy subject, and by “touchy” I mean one that we never want to touch on… or ever be a part of. I happen to come from a very anti-hazing chapter and university, both of which take ample precautions to eliminate hazing. Yet at colleges across the country, hazing still exists. And it exists in student groups and organizations that don't have Greek letters in their names.

Jan 25, 2011

Greek Speak: If We Knew Then What We Know Now…

I made a lot of mistakes my first year of college (and based on some of the Morning After stories I've been reading on here, I know I'm not alone). But of all the dumb things I did - hooking up with my next door neighbor during Welcome Week, setting my alarm wrong for my first midterm, gorging myself on Indian Night in the caf (ugh) - my biggest regret involves sorority rush.

Jan 18, 2011

Greek Speak: So You Want to Date a Frat Boy….

It's a new year, it's cold and watching all those romantic dates on The Bachelor has you pining away for a boy toy of your own. Boy toy? Let me rephrase. You're not just looking for a guy on the side. You want something more permanent. Dare I say it? Boyfriend. You want a freaking boyfriend.

Jan 11, 2011

Greek Speak: Step Up and Be a Leader

Holiday break? Officially over. Reality set it hard and fast for me last week when I had to return early to West Lafayette aka no-mans-land when classes aren’t in session for a leadership conference. Again, and admittingly with the most dramatic frame of mind as possible, I thought my life was over.

Jan 4, 2011

Greek Speak: Sororities Go Online

Like most things, the Internet is a haven for sorority girls. And I'm not talking about online shopping or Facebook stalking. Well, not totally. I mean, clearly my sisters and I are all huge fans (to the point of being broke and creepy) of those two lovely Internet pastimes.

Dec 28, 2010

Greek Speak: Balance It All Out

Back in the day when I was a wee freshman just starting the rush process, I was scared. Scared of talking to all those older girls, scared of rowdy fraternity boys throwing water balloons at me as I walked from house to house (wet, frizzy hair? OH THE HORROR), scared of not even getting into a house.... Most of all though, I was scared of what being in a sorority would do to the rest of my life.

Dec 21, 2010

Greek Speak: Missing Greek Life

Ahhh, finals are over… we can all take a sigh of relief, right? Wrong. For the last two years, going home over holiday breaks has been brutally bittersweet. My parentals are still in the middle of building a house that, in the mean time, leaves me roomless, bedless, and no-space-to-myselfless.

Dec 14, 2010

Greek Speak: Formal Stress

It's finals week and snowing here in the Midwest; what a lovely combination. I can’t think of a better way to take a study break than to snuggle up by the fireplace with a few pledge sisters and talk about our upcoming winter formal… the reason why I return to school second semester every year… the highlight of January!

Dec 7, 2010

Greek Speak: How to Bow Out… Gracefully

Let’s face it. Sometimes you get a bid to a house and it’s just not a good fit. Hanging out at the house feels uncomfortable, you and your new pledge class just aren’t clicking, you realize Greek life isn't for you. Bottom line: you hate it and you want out. NOW.

Nov 30, 2010

Greek Speak: Battle of the Pledge Classes

Not all stereotypes about sororities are true. We don't have naked pillow fights in the living room. We don't all want to date the captain of the football team. We don't have insane rivalries with other sororities. But here’s a stereotype about sororities I can’t even try to hide: pledge class rivalries.

Nov 23, 2010

Greek Speak: The Best and Worst Theme Parties Ever

If there's one thing a sorority woman knows (besides the names of all her founding sisters/the words to every rush song/the rules to scoring the best room in the house) it's a theme party. I don't know if it's in the official rules of Greek Life but sororities/fraternities and theme parties go together like cheating spouses and Hollywood.

Nov 16, 2010

Greek Speak: The Truth and Lies of Greek Life on TV

Admit it - even if you are in a sorority, you’ve wondered if Greek TV shows are anything like real Greek life. But first off, it goes without saying that whether you are Greek or not, if you have never seen an episode of “GREEK” then you haven’t lived.

Nov 9, 2010

Greek Speak: Let’s Get Political!

To run, or not to run- that is the question. Sorority exec elections are right around the corner for most chapters, putting a lot of girls on the fence about whether or not to run for a position. Going for any title from new member educator to secretary to president can cause drama and tension between sisters and put friendships on the rocks in the house. So, to run or not to run? Debatable.

Nov 2, 2010

Greek Speak: So You Didn’t Get Your First Pick…

Sorority recruitment can be many things: fun, intense, scary, adventurous, and exciting - but it can also be brutal. Warning: Expect tears. While many girls will end up in their dream house, there are plenty of potential new members that will not get their first choice house and some girls who won't get in a house at all!