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aephi alum 05-24-2016 04:37 PM

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Originally Posted by TLLK (Post 2410850)
President takes a good look at her name tag. "You're __________'s cousin aren't you? She's the current president of Delta Gamma right?" PNM answer "Yes she is.":) President stares at her and says "You do realize that it is a waste of our time to have you here at this party!" President then leaves the shocked PNM sitting by herself.:eek:

OMG! I sure hope that wasn't an AEPhi chapter!

Rudeness goes both ways. Just like a PNM should never be rude to sisters at a rush party - you're a guest in the chapter's house, after all - a sister should never be rude to a PNM, because the sisters are the hosts, and because PNMs talk, meaning recruitment could have ended very badly for that chapter once the story got out. One bad apple spoils the barrel, especially when that apple is the president.

Besides, it's far from a "waste of time". Suppose the PNM in question felt she was a bad fit for DG, or vice versa? It's silly to assume that a PNM is going to want to pledge her relative's chapter.

TLLK 05-24-2016 07:25 PM

Be assured it was not an AEPhi chapter and yes I agree that there should be no assumptions made about where a PNM would want to pledge.

TLLK 05-27-2016 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Sciencewoman (Post 2078272)
This is definitely my "bestest" recruitment story...

In the mid-80's, when I was a collegian, we received a phone call from the Panhellenic Office in between the first and second parties of Round One: Two fraternity men, named Pat and Chris, had officially registered for sorority rush under their real names. No one realized that they were guys until they showed up to meet their Rho Chis at the first house on that group's schedule. The Panhellenic office told us to be polite to them and not to make a scene, for the sake of the legitimate PNMs. An administrator was being sent to either our house or their 3rd scheduled party, to intercept the guys and pull them out of the group, but she definitely wouldn't get there before our party started.

We all tried to get a discrete look out the window as the group lined up on the sidewalk outside our house. First in line were the 2 Rho Chis, looking really put out as they clutched their clipboards. A few feet away, in the front of the line, were the 2 guys...and this was classic. They were definitely sporting "what not to wear" outfits...ugly wigs, elbow purses like Queen Elizabeth, floral house dresses, and sensible pumps. One had a straw hat with a flower on the brim, and their make-up left a lot to be desired...especially the big, round, pink circles of blush on each cheek. The PNMs were lined up a safe distance down the sidewalk and looked completely befuddled and even more nervous than usual. The guys, who were well-known in the Greek community, had huge smiles and were eagerly and patiently waiting.

As they came in, we paired them off with a couple of steadfast members who steered them into the TV room for conversation, instead of the living room. I'm not even sure they realized this was a "snub" because the next day the campus newspaper ran a front-page story on the whole debacle and we were really happy because we got some great PR out of the whole adventure...one of the guys was quoted as saying the "Gamma Phi Betas were the friendliest house and were the nicest to us."

I love this thread! While there are many worthy contenders, I believe this is the funniest recruitment story that I've ever read.!

thetalady 05-27-2016 06:58 PM

Oh, the good old days! When we could refuse to allow men to rush an NPC sorority.

TLLK 06-06-2016 01:43 PM

More of an initiation story but this seemed like the best place to share this memory. In the mid-eighties our CSULB Delta Gamma chapter was requested to initiate the then San Diego State colony. It's about a two plus hour trip from Long Beach to the SDSU campus so we decided to hire two buses to transport us.

(For those of you not familiar with CSULB greeks, there is no "row." The houses are located west of the campus amid apartments, single family homes and commercial corridors. The DG house is on Redondo Blvd.)

We've gathered at the house and are preparing to leave. One of the actives opens the front door and then immediately slams it shut. Upon hearing the door open, a member of the Long Beach Police Department's SWAT team had turned and pointed their weapon at our door. We hear someone outside shouting orders for us to remain inside with the doors locked. Naturally we all run to any available window to catch a glimpse of what is going on outside. There are several police cars stopping traffic on Redondo and are surrounding a vehicle with weapons drawn.

About thirty minutes later and after a phone call to the SDSU colony, a SWAT team member knocks on the door and informs us that we can now safely exit the house. All seventy plus members are then escorted past the handcuffed suspects who are face down on the neighbor's lawn. We finally are permitted to board the bus and head down the 405 to San Diego. Needless to say, but this is my most memorable start to an initiation!

naraht 06-06-2016 02:13 PM

Charterings with fire...
 
Somewhat similar to the previous poster... for the Alpha Phi Omega chapter at George Washington University, the 1987 rechartering was moved because the building it was scheduled to be in was on fire. (From the Winter 1987 Torch&Trefoil)

THETA CHI REACTIVATED IN RESTAURANT
When Region III Director, Bob Harris; National Alumni Chairman, Chuck Bowen; and National Vice President, Jerry Schroeder arrived on the campus of George Washington University on December 5 to reactivate the Theta Chi Chapter they were met by several dozen fire trucks, ambulances and police cars. It didn't take long to realize that the center of all the activity was the building where the initiation ceremony was to take place, as it was blazing
into night.

Amazingly, they found the petitioning group huddled on a street corner under a lamppost nearby with Brothers from three other chapters in Section 84 who were trying to attend the ceremony. Everyone retired to Mr. Henry's, a local restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue, where the chapter was reactivated in an upstairs room. Section Chairman, John Harding, denies rumors that a waiter passing by the room was inadvertently inducted into the chapter National Vice President Schroeder commenting on the evening's events noted that the Torch of Alpha Phi Omega would surely burn brightly at George Washington University for years to come.

TLLK 06-06-2016 05:23 PM

:eek: Wow! I think a fire at your initiation site is something that no one will ever forget. Glad that another place was found so quickly so that the initiation ceremony could continue.

naraht 06-06-2016 08:01 PM

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Originally Posted by TLLK (Post 2411509)
:eek: Wow! I think a fire at your initiation site is something that no one will ever forget. Glad that another place was found so quickly so that the initiation ceremony could continue.

My *guess* is that they used the restaurant that they had intended having the banquet and charter presentation at. Just asked them to delay putting out the round tables for banquet and just leave the head table (if there was one). But I'm not sure. Made the school newspaper, of course. :)

carnation 07-17-2016 04:31 PM

Hoping for more weird rush stories for fall 2017!

Cheerio 09-28-2016 05:18 PM

Walking through a college campus near my sister's house recently, I came upon a large patch of bluegreen glitter covering a sidewalk.

Yes, it was Bid Day Weekend! New members were marching around campus singing fraternal songs.

Then, I noticed a live squirrel on the same campus whose entire right side was lightly covered in the same bluegreen glitter.

If only bluegreen were an Alpha Gamma Delta color, I'd think the squirrel received a bid from same ;) but alas, she is a member of the Bluegreens.

carnation 07-18-2017 07:24 PM

I really needed to bump this for fall 2017!

TLLK 07-19-2017 09:50 PM

To share or not to share...not sure as it involves my own sibling but it does have a happy ending.:o

carnation 07-20-2017 06:16 AM

Share!

phoenix16 07-20-2017 07:31 PM

I stayed up entirely way too late reading this thread, but I love recruitment and the craziness that comes with it haha. With that said, here are some of my stories!

When I went through recruitment, I went to one chapter during Open House and the active practically refused to talk to me! I tried so hard to maintain a conversation, but she had her arms crossed and was looking elsewhere. Needless to say, I was not invited back.

At my school, we are allowed to bring a large bag with us to hold all of our stuff (we have deferred recruitment, so it's winter and we need space for our gear). I had a water bottle in my bag that had a pop top and somehow it opened during a round. I left the chapter and noticed my bag was soaked! We had to run off to the next chapter, but here I was with my stuff spread out trying to dry it as best I could. I must have been quite a sight. This was just after lunch, so I had another 4 rounds left (approximately 5 hours) before I could go home!

One of my sisters went through the same year I did. She ended up getting a stomach bug the day of Sisterhood Round, but decided to tough it out. She put a trash bag in her purse just in case. Well, she was at a chapter talking to an active when she felt sick. She told the active who promptly left her to get a Rho Gam, but my sister didn't make it and threw up in her purse! The active came back and my sister finished the round. She didn't have any way of disposing of it before the next round and left in the bushes of the neighboring chapter! She wasn't asked back, I'm sorry to say.

One story from my first year as an active:

A PNM started to passionately discuss politics (BIG no no at my school) and the sister rushing her didn't know how to steer the conversation in another direction. Her solution? "I'm Canadian." Funny thing is that she was actually born in Canada and some of my sisters weren't aware of that and thought she had made it up on the spot!

Another story:

This sister is in my bump group and I go to bump, but I accidentally scared her so badly she almost fell out of her chair. I lost it!

TLLK 07-20-2017 08:49 PM

So a few years ago my sister and I are sharing a bottle of wine and reminiscing about when we went through rush. I rushed in 1981 and she followed two years later in 1983. We discussed how we'd felt about the various groups and which ones we liked. She shared that she'd really liked "ABC" and thought had been well-received by the members. To her surprise though she was dropped by ABC the day of preference. While disappointed she attended preference parties for XYZ and Delta Gamma then accepted a DG bid.

About a month after her initiation, she finds herself in a class with an ABC member that she remembered from rush. They became good friends and study partners that semester. While studying for a mid-term the ABC tells her that the majority of the house had really wanted her. She'd had stellar grades and test scores, was a co-captain for her high school color guard and was considered to be a sought after rushee that year. (And to ABC, the opportunity to steal a double legacy from DG was tempting as well!) To my sister's surprise her ABC classmate goes on to reveal what had happened when my sister went through rush. Everyone in ABC seemed to be ready to extend a bid based on the previous days voting and the praise she'd received. However on the evening when the votes for preference were being cast a huge fight broke out. An officer stood up and declared that she would NEVER accept my sibling as a member. When asked why she felt that way the ABC shared that two years prior in 1981 she'd had a huge crush on a member of SAE. However he'd turned her request to be her formal date in order to go out with me. SAE and I then dated briefly and broke up. Flash forward to 1983 and he's graduated and is involved with someone else. Even though the SAE had only gone on one date with the ABC but she still had strong feelings for him for years after their one and only date.

Apparently ABC members then are arguing with her and she begins to threaten to quit if they extend a preference invitation to my sister. She'd convinced a few other ABCs that her objections were valid. After a few rounds of heated debate and shouting their alumna advisor stepped in and told them to release my sister. Upon hearing this tale, my sister was absolutely shocked that she was hearing about this from an ABC member but never shared this information with me or anyone else for about twenty years.

When she finally shared the story with me it was my turn to be stunned too, because about a month after rush had ended in 1983 I'd heard the same story from one of my friends in ABC!! :eek: Like my sister I was flabbergasted to be hearing this type of information about the fight that had occurred during their discussion and voting. I too had never said anything to my sister or anyone else about it. My sister realized that she'd really dodged a bullet during rush and was happy that she was now a DG.

So after months of being here and assuring myself that there appear to be no members of "ABC" from our school who were students in 1983, I finally felt comfortable enough to share MY WEIRD RECRUITMENT STORY!!

ChioLu 09-26-2017 01:29 PM

Bump
There's gotten be some crazy rush stories this year!

FSUZeta 09-27-2017 06:06 PM

TLLK's is a good one.

TLLK 09-27-2017 07:43 PM

Thanks FSU Zeta! To be honest I was a little concerned that this story was just too weird to be told for a long time, so it added to my initial hesitation about sharing it here.

ChioLu 09-28-2017 08:15 PM

Has anyone ever turn this term "House hunter" in regard to sorority recruitment?
I heard it this week describing upper class PNM's who've been through recruitment several times and only want certain SRC's. When they get released from their top houses, they drop out of recruitment. 2 juniors this week are going thru recruitment for the 3rd straight year! Yikes.

Even bigger yikes, a PNM actually said to an active that she wanted to join a sorority so she could sleep with more guys ...

carnation 09-28-2017 09:42 PM

You know how many great chapters Auburn has? I remember a girl who rushed formally 3 times in an attempt to get a certain chapter. The chapter members knew it. She finally got in her junior year and was a stellar member.

Little sis rushed a couple of years later, got that chapter, and dropped a few weeks later.

33girl 09-29-2017 06:49 AM

TLLK -

Why do I have the feeling that SAE came home from work one day a few years later to find a bunny boiling in a pot on the stove?

naraht 09-29-2017 07:10 AM

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Originally Posted by ChioLu (Post 2443324)
Even bigger yikes, a PNM actually said to an active that she wanted to join a sorority so she could sleep with more guys ...

Give her directions to the nearest male Freshman dorm and explain to her how to take off her clothes. Problem solved.

TLLK 10-03-2017 07:37 PM

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Originally Posted by 33girl (Post 2443367)
TLLK -

Why do I have the feeling that SAE came home from work one day a few years later to find a bunny boiling in a pot on the stove?

:eek: YIKES!!! Still have chills about that famous scene.

NUalumMUmom 01-12-2018 01:02 PM

A vegan rush story
 
This story is from my daughter when she went through recruitment in Fall, 2014. That summer, I had decided to eliminate animal proteins from my diet, for health reasons and to see if I could do it. In the family, we call it my Vegan Summer. That fall, during sisterhood round, my daughters was being rushed by an active that mentioned she was vegetarian. My daughter said, that's awesome, my mom is vegan. The girl looked puzzled and asked how that works at our house. DD told her that it was okay, that even though I was vegan, I did cook meat for the rest of the family. The girl looks at her and says "But do you, like, have two Moms?" My daughter looked at her strangely, then the bell rings for her to leave, as she is leaving she realized the girl had confused "vegan" with "lesbian" :eek: She was laughing so hard she could barely pull it together for the next social. She was cut after that round. This house takes mostly St Louis girls, and she was from OOS, so she doesn't know if the lesbian thing had anything to do with it. As a women and gender studies minor, she didn't really want to join a chapter that would cut her because her mom was a lesbian, or that had sisters that didn't know the difference between vegan and lesbian!:rolleyes:

I only lasted one summer as a vegan, I missed the cheese too much!

Sciencewoman 01-12-2018 07:01 PM

^^^ That's a good one!

jolene 01-13-2018 10:54 AM

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Originally Posted by NUalumMUmom (Post 2451349)
This story is from my daughter when she went through recruitment in Fall, 2014. That summer, I had decided to eliminate animal proteins from my diet, for health reasons and to see if I could do it. In the family, we call it my Vegan Summer. That fall, during sisterhood round, my daughters was being rushed by an active that mentioned she was vegetarian. My daughter said, that's awesome, my mom is vegan. The girl looked puzzled and asked how that works at our house. DD told her that it was okay, that even though I was vegan, I did cook meat for the rest of the family. The girl looks at her and says "But do you, like, have two Moms?" My daughter looked at her strangely, then the bell rings for her to leave, as she is leaving she realized the girl had confused "vegan" with "lesbian" :eek: She was laughing so hard she could barely pull it together for the next social. She was cut after that round. This house takes mostly St Louis girls, and she was from OOS, so she doesn't know if the lesbian thing had anything to do with it. As a women and gender studies minor, she didn't really want to join a chapter that would cut her because her mom was a lesbian, or that had sisters that didn't know the difference between vegan and lesbian!:rolleyes:

I only lasted one summer as a vegan, I missed the cheese too much!

:eek::D Was the room loud? However, 'vegan' and 'lesbian' don't sound remotely similar. LOL Did she eventually find her home?

I'm a vegetarian and could never be vegan. Cheese and I have a special relationship.

NUalumMUmom 01-15-2018 04:39 PM

She did find her home. She is a very happy Theta, getting ready to graduate in May. I don't know for sure if the room was loud, but it probably was. I don't think they sound at all alike, and neither did my daughter, so it took her awhile to figure out why the active was asking such strange questions.

carnation 07-05-2018 07:37 PM

A favorite! This is for all you PNMs---don't do any of this! Don't end up with a story about something bizarre that you did during recruitment!

chi-o_cat 07-06-2018 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by carnation (Post 2457594)
A favorite! This is for all you PNMs---don't do any of this! Don't end up with a story about something bizarre that you did during recruitment!


But if you DO, please come here and post it. This is one of the best threads on this site, and I love seeing new stories.

ChioLu 08-23-2018 07:10 PM

Bumping for new stories!

And I’ll add a short but weird one ...
My suite mate and I were at the same house for a party. (I had a rec from my aunt and several of the members had her as their high school drama teacher.) We were lead to a 4-seat table to talk. Two other members came over, then all 4 members turned toward Patti and no one was talking to me! (Patti was a highly desirable rushee - beautiful, smart, on the women’s golf team.) Patti tried to get me into the conversation, but the members continued the “hot boxing” and ignored me. After the party was over, we walked out together. I made some comment that I probably wouldn’t be getting an invite back. Patti said that even if she got an invite, she was going to turn it down because they were rude to me. (Back in the day when you got actual paper invites and could regret any extras above max # of parties for the next day.) She did turn down the invitation and ended up being my pledge sister in Chi O!
(After college, she was the ER nurse at the hospital where my brother was taken after a horrible work accident and helped save my brother’s life!)

carnation 07-09-2019 09:13 PM

Bumping for 2019!

SigmaCat 07-11-2019 12:54 AM

This isn't really "weird", but it does dovetail with the whole clueless PNM theme...


One of my friends and fellow rushees was ranking chapters low if she found out "they drank." Duh, every single panhellenic house on our campus had members that liked to party. The group she joined ended up having quite a few heavy drinkers, and the high school/church friend she had in the sorority - the girl who really pushed her hard to join the house before school started - never bothered to clue her in on the realities of Greek life. To make matters worse, that friend - whom I think became her big sis - ended up leaving the campus not too long after my buddy joined. So, the two main reasons why my pal chose her org essentially evaporated almost immediately.



Morals of the story - know your campus Greek culture and don't join a house for one person. My friend confided to me that she would have chosen her other pref group (which happened to be my chapter) or a Christian sorority had she known better. I was like, well, you would have been welcome with us...buuuut...we weren't exactly teetotalers either.



Oh well.

BlueBayou 07-11-2019 05:30 PM

So looking back on my rush - I went to a school with 6 NPC sororities. At my very first party I did not know what to expect. All of the "open house" parties were held in the University Center. I was shocked as the doors opened, and there was loud clapping and singing. Someone grabbed me my the arm, singing loudly, and ushered me to a chair. I was totally overwhelmed, because I was expected a booze free cocktail party. I was not expected crazed singing and someone kneeling in front of me to talk with me.

Now I wasn't the "stereotypical" rushee at my Texas college in the mid-80s. I was a math team, quiz bowl, theatre geek. I don't think I had overlapping activities with the girl that picked me up. So the girl that brought me in the door said "So you where a Thesbian - how did you like that."

Now i could not hear well, the room was LOUD.

Me: "Excuse me?"
Her: "So you where a Thesbian - how did you like that."
Me : Now I really was not hearing this right. She can't really be asking me if I am a Lesbian. "Excuse me?"
Her: "It says you were a Thesbian in High School"
Me: FINALLY realizing what she is saying. "Oh Thespian, it's pronounced THESPIAN not Thesbian."
Yeah - I did not get invited back (I got all invites back the next 3 rounds)

I was assistant reference chairman my Junior and Senior years - so I did not rush many girls after my Sophomore year.

But my strongest memory of my first time on the other side of rush was pref. We served a sherbet punch with mini quiche and petits fours. All pre-plated. I think our parties ran from 12:30 - 4pm. And we were busy getting ready in our matching blue taffeta dresses and did not eat lunch before hand. After the first party - which was very touching and emotional - I knew we had to hurry to clean up and get ready for the next. What I wasn't expecting to hear was - "She didn't touch this quiche - can I trade you for a petits four? Everyone seriously scarfed down the untouched leftovers.

My chapter celebrated its 15th year anniversary when I was there, and it's in a smaller town where many alumnae don't stay after college. So it did not have a huge number of local alums for support. Now that it has been around for a while - there is an organized recruitment meal "competition." The different decades (70s, 80s, 90s, etc) each pitch in to cater a day of chapter meals. Back in my day - if we got food - it was pizza.

Sciencewoman 07-11-2019 08:25 PM

^^^ Those stories really illustrate the realities of recruitment! Losing your voice because you have to yell to be heard, inadvertently offending someone which leads to a superficial/automatic rejection, food and sleep deprivation, etc., etc.

Jen 07-11-2019 08:50 PM

Having flashbacks to helping out with polish week and everyone ending up sick lol.

Cookiez17 02-21-2020 03:03 AM

Well this was my first rush on the other end. I got a few. Thankfully, these were not conversations I had as mine were fine for the most part but these were from other sisters.

Sister A had a girl talking to her and go "oh I remembered when you were fatter." and this girl, who had worked hard to lose weight, was really shaken by the comments but to top this cake the girl was giving her even more weight lost tips after telling her this.

Another one was talking to a girl and asked "oh how would your friends describe you" and this girl goes "crazy, insane, funny" and in an attempt to further the convo she said "oh what is the craziest thing you've ever done" thinking it might lead to something like a PNM saying she went sky diving or something. The PNM goes "I can't legally tell you." I have no idea if this girl got a bid but that is the last thing you say to a sister rushing you!

navane 02-23-2020 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Cookiez17 (Post 2473758)
Sister A had a girl talking to her and go "oh I remembered when you were fatter." and this girl, who had worked hard to lose weight, was really shaken by the comments but to top this cake the girl was giving her even more weight lost tips after telling her this.

Oh dear. :(


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Another one was talking to a girl and asked "oh how would your friends describe you" and this girl goes "crazy, insane, funny" and in an attempt to further the convo she said "oh what is the craziest thing you've ever done" thinking it might lead to something like a PNM saying she went sky diving or something. The PNM goes "I can't legally tell you." I have no idea if this girl got a bid but that is the last thing you say to a sister rushing you!
Since I happen to be a peace officer, my next questions would have been, "Are you currently under supervision? Do you have any warrants?" LOL

TLLK 02-24-2020 06:09 PM

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Another one was talking to a girl and asked "oh how would your friends describe you" and this girl goes "crazy, insane, funny" and in an attempt to further the convo she said "oh what is the craziest thing you've ever done" thinking it might lead to something like a PNM saying she went sky diving or something. The PNM goes "I can't legally tell you." I have no idea if this girl got a bid but that is the last thing you say to a sister rushing you!

Cookiez17-Not sure how any sorority recruitment school could have prepared sisters for that answer!

Sciencewoman 02-24-2020 08:02 PM

We have another "B" to add to the list of best-avoided recruitment topics -- add "bail" to booze, boys, and Bible.


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