It is sad to say this, but many who know me know about my Greek life family being all Asian. This does not mean I will not accept anyone who is not Asian into my life, it is just a funny joke that my Big started and now has seem to continue on.
If you are not familiar with Greek Life, everyone has a family. My grand big is still around because she is a pharmacy, so in my line it is my grandbig, big, and two littles. I also have a “cousin” because my big has a twin. It sounds really complicated but it really is not! If you are confused though, what I am about to say next may just add to the confusion. You can ask guys from other houses to be your big bro or little bro, so I also have a big bro.
It just so happens that my big bro, big sis, and two littles are Asian. My big bro is the only full Asian the rest of us are half. Once again I will say anyone is allowed in my family, Asian or not Asian! My grand big is not Asian so we are not trying to exclude people! You have to admit though that having an Asian Greek family is pretty awesome.
My Greek Family! Miranda, me, Mark, Lindsay, and Karissa!
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?
As usual I failed. I planned on blogging through recruitment, but it is probably one of the most exhausting things. Recruitment for girls usually consists of all day talking from early in the morning to 6 at night and then for the girls in the house means setting up for the next day, moving around furniture, and trying to make sure everything is perfect.
Pi Phi's getting ready for Philanthropy day!
Yesterday was bid day and we were able to meet 54 new angels. I was so excited to meet so many girls. We also got three Asians and if anyone knows me this is very exciting. I’m very excited to share with the girls why Pi Phi means so much to me and what they will gain from not only these 4 years but for the rest of their life.
Our newest angels!
Everyone yesterday had to start on a wet start. We have at Butler, Rowdy Row, the police shut down the main road of campus and everyone that did recruitment runs out and finds their new homes. Yesterday it decided to pour during this time, but it made it to be so much fun! I can’t wait for what awaits all the new people that decided to go Greek!
Yesterday I came back to Butler to start getting ready for recruitment this year! If you are not familiar with Greek Life, recruitment, or what some like to call rush, is when we find out who our new pledge class will be. It is a time for the freshmen to get to talk to the girls and really know what each house is like.
Although recruitment does not start until Wednesday all the sororities come back early and have sister week or a couple days to prepare for recruitment. These consist of all day practices of whatever you need to know before all the freshmen go through recruitment. It’s a time where your house gets extremely close, because even though the guys are back on campus you are pretty much on lock down and have to stay in the house for the most part.
I will try to blog as much as I can as this is my first time being on the other side of recruitment and not being a potential new member. This week is suppose to be crazy, but also really fun and exciting!
Each day we have theme days for our sister week. Today is pajama day! Here is what I’m wearing!
HELLO KITTY ONESIE
At Butler formal recruitment does not start until Spring semester, but the sororities do a lot of little things before recruitment begins.
One of those things happened yesterday. We gave house tours to all the freshmen interested in recruitment. At Pi Phi we had 235 girls come through, which is a ton! Being a smaller school we are not used to having a large number of girls go through recruitment, but currently there are over 500 girls that are signed up saying that they are interested in formal recruitment. For us this is huge!
Having this many girls is fun, but can be exhausting. Yesterday during our house tours we had it set up where girls go to see our house, but also go into rooms and talk to members about different things we do. My room was about campus involvement, which my roommates made fun of me for because they think I am involved in everything. I basically talked about my blogging, Dawg Pound, College Mentors For Kids, and how my sisters support me in all these different activities. It gets repetitive really fast, but it’s nice for the potential new members to be able to get to know our house a little bit.
Although this was our first house tour there are so many more things we have left to do. Now that the first house tour is done, we can have the girls over for meals. We have to get 500 girls through our house for meals, which is insane. We also still have house tours left when it’s parent’s weekend so that families can see our houses. So even though recruitment is not until next semester, the craziness has already began.
Random, but here’s a song that I can’t get out of my head lately!
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!
With the end of the year coming up things are getting a little crazy. A lot of Greek events are all happening at once!
Next week there are three different philanthropy events going on. It’s Delta Tau Delta’s Trike week, Tau Kappa Epsilon’s Jumpathon, and Lambda Chi Alpha Teeter Totter event. Philanthropy events are ways the houses make money for whatever philanthropy they support! Anytime there is a philanthropy event on campus it is usually a week long event with serenades, food, and so much fun. My favorite part about a lot of philanthropy weeks are serenades! Serenades are when the fraternity who has their philanthropy event will go to the sororities and sing to the house. Usually the brother prepare songs that relate to the house you are in.
Not only are all these events happening next week and weekend, but there are also so many formals! Formals are for Greek houses. It is basically like a prom or homecoming, but way more laid back. Next weekend it is Phi Delta Theta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Alpha Chi Omega, and Sigma Nu formals. I am going to Phi Delta Theta’s formal and it’s in Louisville so I will have to miss some of the philanthropy events, but I guess there is always next year!
Just to add on top of all this next weekend is also Mom’s Day for my sorority Pi Beta Phi and Alpha Phi. The events just keep piling on. You may wonder why I know all these events! I know them all because our Greek life on campus is so involved with each others events and also I have a lot of friends in all the houses! These next few weeks though will be crazy, but at least school is almost over.
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!
So recruitment week is officially over, and I now know what I am! I got a bid to Pi Beta Phi! The reason why I said welcome home angels is because our symbols are the arrow spike and angels!
I am so excited to be a part of a sorority. I am a new member, but do not get initiated for six weeks. Until then I’m meeting all my new sisters and trying to get to know them as well as I can! Finding out what sorority you are part of is so much fun, and being able to run down rowdy row to see all your friends and what sororities they are in is so much fun!
If you don’t know what Rowdy row is, it is the street where all the sorority and fraternity houses are. When the girls find out the bids and also the boys we all rush rowdy row and find our house! It is so thrilling and so much fun.
Now that recruitment week is over I feel like everyone is so much closer, and everyone seems to know each other all of sudden. Congrats to everyone who made it in a house! And to those who didn’t do recruitment or get a bid, you are still part of our BU family!
The new members and current members of Pi Beta Phi!
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.