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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.

ChioLu 09-24-2020 03:53 PM

OK this is a funny one! Two women at Bentley University dressed up as guys to go through virtual fraternity recruitment. Didn’t last long.
https://www.intheknow.com/2020/09/23...tment-meeting/

TLLK 09-24-2020 07:45 PM

I love it. I know that there is an old story about two fraternity brothers going through in person recruitment many years ago. I'll try to find it.

Sciencewoman 09-24-2020 10:13 PM

^^^ I posted that, if it helps you search! I'm too lazy to search for it tonight!

Sciencewoman 09-24-2020 10:18 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 lied...here it is! It's back on page 76, and led to some follow-up discussion...the best part was that another GCer whose sorority was right next door also remembered this event and confirmed that by asking if this was at Maryland, which it was!

thetalady 09-24-2020 11:21 PM

And in today's climate, sororities might even have invited them back to the next party... because inclusion and diversity.

thetalady 09-24-2020 11:24 PM

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Originally Posted by ChioLu (Post 2479764)
OK this is a funny one! Two women at Bentley University dressed up as guys to go through virtual fraternity recruitment. Didnít last long.
https://www.intheknow.com/2020/09/23...tment-meeting/

I admit that I have no sense of humor about this prank at all. We would be incensed if men treated a sorority and rush with disrespect like this. Sigh.... maybe I am just getting too old. I better go make sure no one is on my lawn. ;)


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