Recruitment is just around the corner for the women and men of Butler. Yes, I realize this post is a little early, but for me I can’t wait for recruitment! Greek life is just one of the ways that you can broaden your horizons in college. Fortunately for Butler students you get an entire semester to see if it is something you are really interested in.
At Butler we wait until the second semester to go through recruitment, which is so nice. Waiting until second semester gives you the time to see if Greek life is something you are really interested in. You get to have meals at the houses and do house tours as well to get a glimpse of each sorority or fraternity. Not only that it gives you the chance to make your friends outside of Greek life before you start recruitment, which is really nice!
This year I am a recruitment counselor or at some schools they are called Rho Gammas. I am so excited to be able to help these girls who will be in the same position as myself just two years ago.
However, I do have a couple of things to say before recruitment! Try not to get stressed out. Some girls get stressed out by everything going on with recruitment, but remember recruitment is meant to be fun! Going in with an open mind is the best thing you can do. I know this can be difficult with the stereotypes you might be hearing or if someone told you something from years back, however keeping an open mind will allow you to make the best decision for you. Recruitment and your house doesn’t make or break you, but it does give you an experience you’ll always remember.
Many of my friends know that I am blogger for Butler admissions. I don’t really mention the fact I’m a blogger unless I get bored of sharing “I’m half Japanese” as my interesting fact. When I started writing blogs about my roommates Kristina and Rori some became jealous and felt like they should have a blog about them as well. Billy is the only one that got jealous, but really.
Anytime I am at Sigma Nu, one of the fraternities on Butler campus, Billy always ask me when he will be getting a blog about him. Finally I have decided that there is no better time than now, since we just got new pledge classes and maybe this will help the newest pledge class of Sigma Nu to get to know Billy.
Billy is probably one of the nicest guys you will meet. He’s a little weird, but in a good way. My roommate Rori just mentioned he has a rabbit nose? Basically it means that he can flare his nose and she thinks it looks like a rabbit. Anyway I usually go to Billy for new bands because he loves Indie bands. Some times I get irritated because he’s probably one of the very few people who know more random bands than I do.
Billy just being Billy.
On top of Billy’s taste of music he is intrigued by some of the same things as me, such as…. THE BUTLER SQUIRRELS. Billy also has interesting taste in cars. He drives a van that looks kind of sketchy, so if you are around campus and happen to see a van with blacked out windows, no worries it’s no one trying to tempt you with candy into their van, it’s just Billy being Billy. Last but not least Billy is a mastermind. He has once convinced girls that a painting in his room was selling at Target stores nation wide… Don’t ask.
Either way I hope this blog fulfills what Billy wanted, and hopefully you can feel like you know Billy now. Did I mention Billy is in love with Ms. B?
This weekend at Butler is suppose to be extremely crazy, and being Greek makes it even more crazy!
Tonight we are having Butlerpalooza, which is an event we had last year as well! It’s a concert with multiple acts. Last year it was a lot of fun and I got to be front row at Dev! So exciting! This year we are having Chiddy Bang and Smash Mouth. I’m sure everyone knows Smash Mouth, but Chiddy Bang is really popular for a lot of college students and they are really good!
Besides Butlerpalooza a lot of Greek houses are having their philanthropy events! Delta Delta Delta is having their carnival for their philanthropy event with St. Jude’s tonight. Phi Delta Theta is having their event for ALS tomorrow, and Lambda Chi Alpha is having their event for North American Food Bank and Gleaners. Even Blue 2 and Trip are getting into the action as you can see below! All the events have lipsyncs, food, and lots of other different competitions. It’s a really easy way to meet a lot of other people and support the other Greek houses on campus!
On top of all these events, there is the Penrod Arts festival that is going on right down the street from Butler at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). A lot of people say it’s a really awesome festival. I’ve never been but tomorrow I get to volunteer so I’m really excited about that! There is also a 5k tomorrow where people run the 5k and get paint splattered on them as they run. It’s really fun!
In the end this weekend at Butler will be exhausting but it will be the good kind of exhausting. I’m so excited!
If you would have entered Hinkle Fieldhouse at 3 AM in the morning this past Saturday you probably saw something very unexpected. Karaoke, Dance offs, Volleyball finals, Basketball finals and all sorts of other events that would not be happening on a normal Saturday morning.
This past weekend was Spring Sports Spectacular. It’s a twelve hour event where all of Greek life and also Independents get together in order to raise money and support for the Special Olympics. Although it is for a good cause many houses take it very serious and get very competitive. The independent teams are usually very good, because many athletes cannot do Greek life, so a lot of independent teams have division one athletes on their teams!
I was originally suppose to play tennis, but it got rained out. Instead I administered a spelling bee contest, which was terrible. I am terrible at saying large words. Then I played ultimate Frisbee at 4 or 5 AM. Honestly, I don’t remember because of how tired I was and now continue to be. Either way it was so much fun. Next year I plan to do way more events, because it’s fun! Just from Spring Sports there was $5200 raised, which doesn’t include the amount of money from Polar Plunge, which also gets donated to the Special Olympics! I can’t wait until next year to do Spring Sports again.
Here’s a video of Spring Sports Spectacular from two years ago!
I know I said I was going to blog for each day of recruitment, but after going through the most draining week ever it was difficult to gather up the energy to write a blog. So I will try and take you through what has happened so far since my first blog!
Recruitment week has been awesome, but also the most overwhelming week. Each day there’s a theme or something the sororities will be covering when you go back to their house. Each day you get cut from different houses and begin to narrow down your choices. The second day of recruitment was philanthropy day, then skit day, pref night, and now today bid day.
Philanthropy day is where the sororities talk about what their house does for service. For me this is a pretty important because I did a lot of community service in high school and want to continue that in college! On skit day the sororities do a skit and really show the personality of the house. It’s awesome to see how funny some of the houses are. Preference night is the most serious night out of all the nights. Most girls are down to their two final choices and must decide who they want to be their top house. These nights are very emotional for the houses because for the seniors it is the end to their last recruitment week.
I cannot believe that today is the last day. Finally I will know what house I am in. I plan to tell you all the exciting news tomorrow! Good luck to all those BU GREEK LIFE people.
Today began my first day going GREEK. Being the first person in my family to do formal recruitment, I had no idea what to expect. It is quite the experience that I don’t think I can describe. It is something you have just to go through, but I will try my best to describe what happened today. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures to show except one because we are not allowed to have phones with us while going through recruitment.
An outsider looking inside the “Butler Bubble” today may have laughed at what they saw. 300 girls all walking with umbrellas to and from each sorority house and then back to Atherton, but there is a plan behind all this madness. Each girl that is going through formal recruitment is put into a group. These groups are random, and is a way for there to be an organized way for each girl to see each house. It also helps the sororities pair up girls with sisters better so they can have a more effective time at each house.
Going into a house can be overwhelming. Each sorority has their own songs and chants they sing/shout when you enter. It’s an exciting thing to see! Every house usually sits you down with two or three sisters. The members will then talk to you about any topic really. It’s more of just a way to get to know you better, and a chance for you to get to know more about the house. This is why this day seems to be so exhausting because in total you are talking to 20-25 random people you have never met, and you are continually reintroducing yourself.
This may seem like a lot of craziness, but everything is extremely organized. I must give credit to all the sororities and the Greek life staff here because I would totally messed up all of today had I planned this. Tomorrow is Philanthropy day where we learn more about the sorority’s service in the community. It also means going from 7 houses to a possible 6 houses tomorrow. So far recruitment is winning when it comes to completely exhausting me, but no worries because this is becoming such an awesome experience. Good luck to anyone trying for Greek Life!
Picture of the Day:
A view from my window of what I did all day, walk from house to house!
Tomorrow I will be going back to Butler a week earlier than everyone else. This because myself and 3oo other girls are going to be rushing for a sorority!
Obviously I have never been through rush, but it seems like a pretty intense and fun week. Rush goes for five days. Wednesday – Sunday. Tomorrow night at 9 pm we have our first meeting, which basically puts us into our groups and with our recruitment counselors. Each counselor is a sister from one of the sororities, but they cannot tell you what sorority they are in. They don’t tell any of the girls until the last night, and they have to hide the fact they are part of any the sororities from august until Sunday! They do this so that everything is fair and open.
I’m planning to blog about each of my days during rush, because I personally know that coming into this not having any idea of what to expect I want to be help others see what it’s like! Being at a smaller school I can expect a lot of differences from other big schools like IU or Purdue, which many of my friends rushed. Hearing their experiences makes me even more excited. I cannot wait to share all my experiences with you throughout this week! And hopefully by the end of the week I can share with you the sorority I am in!