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GeorgiaGreek 01-20-2011 08:39 PM

As I'm sure many of you know, for UGA rush, the attire for each day is much less casual than at many other schools. We never have a jeans or pants day; Each PNM pretty much wears a nice sundress each round, and girls generally wear nice flats, or sometimes heels or wedges with the dresses.
During one of the rounds of rush (either house tours or philanthropy), I noticed a girl who had her hair nicely done, good makeup, cute dress, cute purse...and those Vibram Five Fingers shoes on.
Maybe at others schools this wouldn't seem like a huge deal, but for UGA, where PNMs dress to the nines (and especially on a girl who obviously knew how to make herself look presentable), it was like seeing someone show up without pants on.

Not exactly as crazy as some of the other stories on the thread, but it was definitely a big "WTF???" moment for me

prettyv 01-22-2011 05:09 PM

I think enough time has passed I can share this...

I was talking to a PNM who was NOT dressed appropriately for recruitment (like, those tear away athletic pants and a hoodie) but we're not a super competitive school and the first day often has a wide array of outfits. Some girls who are amazing additions to the chapter have questionable attire the first 1-2 days, so I try not to focus on things like that. Anyway, we began chatting:

Me: "What were you like in high school? Like, jock, artistic, student council...?"
Her: "Oh, no, I went to a super small high school, there wasn't a lot of organizations to join like that. For example, I was the only person in my biology class last year."
Me: "Holy cow, that's ridiculous! That's pretty cool though, having your teacher just devoted to teaching you... And they would totally notice when you're daydreaming... haha! You must've aced that class!"
Her: "Oh no, I skipped all the time. I think I failed."
Me: [Thinking - OK so now you've told me you have basically 0 extra curricular activities and 0 scholarship potential...]

... slightly later in the conversation...

Me: "So what do you do on the weekends?"
Her: "Hang out with friends... Go shopping.. DRINK. I drink a LOT."
Me: *stunned silence* ".....I love shopping!"

AOII Angel 01-22-2011 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by GeorgiaGreek (Post 2022469)
As I'm sure many of you know, for UGA rush, the attire for each day is much less casual than at many other schools. We never have a jeans or pants day; Each PNM pretty much wears a nice sundress each round, and girls generally wear nice flats, or sometimes heels or wedges with the dresses.
During one of the rounds of rush (either house tours or philanthropy), I noticed a girl who had her hair nicely done, good makeup, cute dress, cute purse...and those Vibram Five Fingers shoes on.
Maybe at others schools this wouldn't seem like a huge deal, but for UGA, where PNMs dress to the nines (and especially on a girl who obviously knew how to make herself look presentable), it was like seeing someone show up without pants on.

Not exactly as crazy as some of the other stories on the thread, but it was definitely a big "WTF???" moment for me

I had to look those up. I saw a woman with those on in the airport recently. My husband and I were trying not to stare, and she wasn't dressed up for recruitment!

PhoenixAzul 01-22-2011 05:31 PM

Vibram Five Fingers are part of a larger "barefoot/minimalist running shoe" trend now. they're a pain in the ass to fit, and if you have even a small anomaly on your foot (hammer toe, Morton's toe, etc) they won't work for you. No one listens when you say things like, "Hey, you have to wear these in small doses at first..." and then they come back with shin splints.

Oof, kinda glad I'm not in retail any more.

But while they may look awesome in the gym or paddling or running, or hell even with jeans on a casual day, never would I wear them to anything resembling recruitment.

Drolefille 01-22-2011 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by AOII Angel (Post 2023043)
I had to look those up. I saw a woman with those on in the airport recently. My husband and I were trying not to stare, and she wasn't dressed up for recruitment!

My big has a pair and LOVES them. I'm considering trying them out because I have serious foot pain/shin splint issues when I run or even walk briskly for too long, especially on pavement. And I've always preferred to run barefoot (not for like training or anything) anyway.

GeorgiaGreek 01-25-2011 12:35 AM

I thought of another odd story from this past recruitment..

To preface, I'll say that SDT at UGA has a great deal of Jewish members. A lot of PNM's know this coming through rush beforehand, some find out through tent talk, and some never realize it at all. Most girls are aware of this however, and those that feel that being a member of a predominately Jewish house make their selections accordingly.
One girl who came through this past year liked our house a lot and was back for the second round. During that round, one of my sisters had picked her up at the door and was talking to her for most of the round. Nearer to the end of the round, we were informed by the Gamma Chi's that there was a tornado watch (or warning, something like that) and they were waiting for instructions on what to do. During that time, we were all kind of confused so we basically just continued our conversations as if the party was longer (I don't think any of the houses got in trouble for this since we weren't really told what to do and nobody wanted to just stop talking the the girls while they were still sitting right there...and it was probably happening the same way at every house). The sister the PNM was talking to signaled for me to come over and help her out with talking to this girl during the wait. She had kind of a weirded out look on her face, and when I got there, I quickly understood why. This girl was going on and on about her various mission trips and the joys she got from bringing Jesus to other people, etc. We tried to steer the conversation to other topics, but this girl was obviously very dedicated to her mission trips, and wanted us to know it. She wasn't doing it to be rude to us; I think she was just trying to show us that she was dedicated to something. Unfortunately, it was something that would conflict with a whole lotta people if she were a sister. I'm kind of surprised that she didn't pick up on it at least a little, because we had the conversations of that round in the chapter room, where theres a big cast of our shield, on which is the Star of David. Although 1. she could have not considered the symbol still relevant, as SDT has no official religious affiliation or 2. She might have thought we were Crips. Kidding.

What made me kind of sad was that she kept saying how much she liked us...and basically said we were one of the few houses that she felt like girls actually were trying to get to know her and seemed genuinely interested. Knowing that someone who was very into her Christian faith (which I have no issue with), and interested in bringing that faith to other people would probably cause some conflicts, she did not end up going SDT.

I didn't think to remember her name to find out what happened to her, but I kind of hope she got a bid from another sorority, or maybe joined Sigma Alpha Omega (one of the Christian sororities we have on campus; I know some great girls in it) because she really did seem like a nice person.

livelaughluv 01-26-2011 08:55 PM

So I was not the one to talk to this girl, but one of the pnms who came through our house was espousing her love for large exotic cats to one of my sisters, and she proceeded to go into great detail about this particular interest. The sister tried to change the topic multiple times but the girl kept coming back to cats. We nicknamed her cat girl, and the next day she was back and continued to talk to another sister about large exotic cats. Unfortunately we never got around to a round three with cat girl but her legacy lives on :)

Preston327 01-26-2011 10:38 PM

Not weird in a bad way, but in an "it-really-is-a-small-world" way:

So I'm talking to this kid we've just bidded and we get onto hometowns. Turns out he's from an area of Connecticut where I have a lot of family, so I start talking about my family history up there and it turns out that not only is he from the next town over from my grandmother but he's shopped in my great uncle's toy store and my great uncle was on first-name basis with him. Pretty awesome IMO, definitely want this kid as my little 100x more now.

ASTalumna06 01-27-2011 01:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Preston327 (Post 2024238)
Not weird in a bad way, but in an "it-really-is-a-small-world" way:

So I'm talking to this kid we've just bidded and we get onto hometowns. Turns out he's from an area of Connecticut where I have a lot of family, so I start talking about my family history up there and it turns out that not only is he from the next town over from my grandmother but he's shopped in my great uncle's toy store and my great uncle was on first-name basis with him. Pretty awesome IMO, definitely want this kid as my little 100x more now.

This reminds me of my first encounter with my freshman year roommate...

When I arrived in my room, she already had all of her stuff set up (she was on the soccer team and arrived at school a week early), but she wasn't there. I noticed on the wall one of those old time photos. So she finally shows up, we talked for a bit, I found out she was from Connecticut, I lived in NH at the time, we were both New Englanders, blah blah blah. So after a little while, I asked her where she got the old time photo done, as I had one done at the beach that summer with my friends. So she said at Hampton Beach (in NH). She said that since she was little, her and her family have been vacationing there for one week out of the summer... so did I. I asked her where she stayed and she said Highland Ave... so did I. We eventually figured out that our families would vacation at this same beach, on the same road, in houses across the street from each other, one week apart - her and her family during the 2nd week of July, me and mine during the 3rd week.

What are the odds?!

Ok, now back to the thread...

StarryNightASA 01-27-2011 02:14 AM

During philanthropy day at this year's recruitment, my sorority showed a slideshow for the first few minutes of the parties while the Philanthropy chair explained more about Special Olympics and the S. June Smith Center. I looked over and there was a PNM who had fallen asleep. Needless to say, she did not come back the next day.

BraveMaroon 01-27-2011 01:23 PM

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Originally Posted by GeorgiaGreek (Post 2023728)
I thought of another odd story from this past recruitment..

To preface, I'll say that SDT at UGA has a great deal of Jewish members. A lot of PNM's know this coming through rush beforehand, some find out through tent talk, and some never realize it at all. Most girls are aware of this however, and those that feel that being a member of a predominately Jewish house make their selections accordingly.

Back in the mid-90s, when I went through at UGA, SDT didn't have any non-Jewish members, though DPhiE did. I actually loved both houses but they both set me free right before prefs (my father's side is Jewish, mother's side is Christian, but I was raised without organized religion - so I was pretty much down with anything).

I always felt really bad because there were at least one or two really mean girls outside the house before each party who would say nasty (and even anti-semetic) things that made my stomach hurt.

One girl standing right next to me turned to me and said, "Why am I still here? I mean HELLO? Do they NOT see the gold cross I'm wearing? If I am invited next round, I'm wearing a swastika!"

My eighteen-year-old self could only drop her jaw and look dumb. I should have said something. I still regret that.

I always tried to be dream rushee at those houses to make up for the bitchy girls.

I also agree with your rushee that your house did a good job getting to know us.

Jill1228 01-27-2011 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by BraveMaroon (Post 2024373)

One girl standing right next to me turned to me and said, "Why am I still here? I mean HELLO? Do they NOT see the gold cross I'm wearing? If I am invited next round, I'm wearing a swastika!"

No she didn't! :mad: It woulda served the little heffa right if she didn't get a bid anywhere! Just sayin'

DeltaBetaBaby 01-27-2011 01:41 PM

At Illinois, I heard that AEPhi would tell PNM's at second invitational (the round right before pref) that they are a predominantly Jewish house, and they have Jewish ties in their history. Apparently, I am Jewish enough that they skipped over that part with me.

GeorgiaGreek 01-29-2011 07:36 PM

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Originally Posted by BraveMaroon (Post 2024373)
One girl standing right next to me turned to me and said, "Why am I still here? I mean HELLO? Do they NOT see the gold cross I'm wearing? If I am invited next round, I'm wearing a swastika!"
...

I also agree with your rushee that your house did a good job getting to know us.

There are a few girls who come through and basically wave their cross necklace at the sister who they're talking to. It's tempting sometimes to want to say "that's enough, honey. I see it." But ignoring it is a much smarter move. What are they so worried about, having to spend another whole 40 minutes here again? Sounds awful.

We are alway told during rush that even if a girl has zero desire to join SDT, and you know for sure they won't end up pledging, you talk to them like you'd talk to any other PNM. Not that we need to be explicitly told this, but sometimes, every sorority member could use a reminder that recruitment not only functions to bring in the next year's pledge class, but also shapes girls' opinions of the house who will end up in other sororities. After all, these are people you are going to see in classes, going out, philanthropy events...if you can't make them your sister, you should still make them like you!

FSUZeta 01-29-2011 07:54 PM

you're so right.

i always told the chapter i advise that i hoped that they left the pnms with the a positive impression and that even though they could not pledge everyone, and there would be pnms who liked other chapters better, that all would leave saying what a great group zta was.


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