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Old 01-27-2010, 10:05 PM
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I'm a Chi O- Iota alum from UT in Austin and my niece is rushing at Texas State and wants to be a Chi O. I wanted to take some goodies by the house, but wasn't sure if it would be better to do a sandwich platter or tray of cookies, or some sort of candy or item that is related (such as, "Pledge Haileigh because she is so sweet!" or "Haileigh, a true sweetheart" taped onto individual sweet-tart packages or "Haileigh, she is such a gem" taped to those ring/jewel pops.)

thanks for any and all advice! I graduated in 2002 and I feel so out of touch and don't want to do something that would embarrass her!
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:31 PM
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To all of you out there that don't understand what we deal with in Texas on a day to day basis!

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Old 01-27-2010, 10:35 PM
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However, I think this is a joke. Please tell me it is.
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:39 PM
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I used to hear about this from my southern-school alumna peeps. If I hadn't heard about it from someone I knew, I wouldn't have believed it myself. lol.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:22 PM
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I personally would appreciate home baked cookies or sandwiches with the crusts cut off a lot more than Sweet Tarts or those gross ring pops. That's kind of chintzy.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:01 AM
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If you are planning on having something delivered, you don't know when it will show up and when meal/break time is planned. Go with cookies. Always yummy and no worries if they sit around for a while before being put out. Sandwiches can get stale or soggy if they aren't eaten immediately or refrigerated.

The big question I have whenever I hear of these sorts of gifts (and yes they do happen) is how will the alumna react if their girl is released?
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:33 AM
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Ummm am I the only one who thinks she shouldn't send something with her niece's name on it?? Maybe other people just think this is a joke.

You can write a recommendation for her and send food to the house, if you want, but I don't think you should send any food with her name on it.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:37 AM
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The big question I have whenever I hear of these sorts of gifts (and yes they do happen) is how will the alumna react if their girl is released?
I wonder that myself. Like, do people really think that their legacy should get a bid because they sent a cake with her face on it?
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:39 AM
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FYI: This is pretty mild for Texas.
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:12 AM
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FYI: This is pretty mild for Texas.

Seriously? I'd be so embarrassed if my eager relative sent a tray of food in my honor, I can't imagine worse.

Please share!
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:13 AM
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I've heard stories of relatives sending posters with girls' senior photos on them, cardboard cut-outs of said senior photo, cake, assorted baked goods, etc.
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:23 AM
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No QFP? I'm disappointed in you guys!

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I'm a Chi O- Iota alum from UT in Austin and my niece is rushing at Texas State and wants to be a Chi O. I wanted to take some goodies by the house, but wasn't sure if it would be better to do a sandwich platter or tray of cookies, or some sort of candy or item that is related (such as, "Pledge Haileigh because she is so sweet!" or "Haileigh, a true sweetheart" taped onto individual sweet-tart packages or "Haileigh, she is such a gem" taped to those ring/jewel pops.)

thanks for any and all advice! I graduated in 2002 and I feel so out of touch and don't want to do something that would embarrass her!
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:26 AM
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Cake with girl's photo screened on it in icing, pizzas with photos on the box, big tins of popcorn with girl's photo on lid and sides...mind you, I'm not from Texas. Just recounting what I've heard.
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Old 01-28-2010, 06:43 AM
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Yep, I have seen all of this except the pizza. We once received a popcorn tin (those huge ones that you see at Christmas) and a sister innocently opened it only to find some rushee's/PNM's face staring right back at her, causing her to let out a scream! Sadly, the PNMs were the innocent ones who became household jokes due to some of the more outrageous "gifts."

It is not just individuals who do this. In my day the alumnae associations (especially Houston and Dallas) were doing this too.

To the OP- I echo what was said earlier. If you really, really, really feel that this is the right thing to do, then go with cookies. Don't do anything that would mortify/embarass your neice. Be prepared for the possibility
that your neice may be released/

Finally, ensure that you are not putting additional pressure on the neice by hoping/expecting that she will pledge your organization. Recruitment is hard enough. Please let her know in no uncertain terms that she can map her own course. This will be especially comforting if she happens to be released from your group.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:27 AM
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Wow

Not a joke, thanks for the snark, this was the norm when I went through. I also think it's silly, that's why I was asking another opinion.

Also, FWIT, I haven't pressured her to go Chi O, she came to me saying that she wants to rush and that Chi O is her first pick. If she wasn't so excited, I wouldn't push it.
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