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Should I Go Greek at URI?

July 11, 2015 in Campus Life, Colleges

Greek Life at the University of Rhode Island

Greek Life at the University of Rhode Island

Sixteen fraternities and ten sororities make up the Greek community at the University of Rhode Island. Aiming to represent fellowship, leadership, scholarship, and community service, students involved in Greek life have chosen to become a part of it for a reason. Whether it’s because they wanted to meet new people as a freshmen or because they wanted to become more involved on campus, the Greek community is bound together by one thing – their love for all things Greek!

The men’s chapters at URI include: Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE), Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE), Sigma Chi, Sigma Pi, Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sig Ep), Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), Theta Chi, and Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT).

The women’s chapters at URI include: Alpha Delta Pi (ADPI), Alpha Phi, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega (CHI O), Delta Zeta (DZ), Kappa Delta (KD), Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Delta Tau (SDT), Sigma Kappa, and Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA). Don’t worry, most of the fraternities and sororities have nicknames, which are included in parenthesis next to their chapter.

Members from SDT & ZBT Participate in Greek Week Event

Members from SDT & ZBT Participate in Greek Week Event

It’s important to know why you want to become part of Greek life at URI before you even decide to begin pledging. Whether it’s because you want to become involved in community service projects or become the next chapter president or maybe it’s because the 15,000 undergrads at URI are overwhelming you and you want to meet new people. Whatever the reason may be, there’s always a place for young men and women in the Greek community as long as they are involved for the right reasons.

You’ll hear this all the time and I’m sure all of you ladies will think it’s a lie, but when someone tells you that everyone fits in a house and you’ll feel it when you’re inside, it’s true! The urge to feel accepted by a certain chapter may come and go, but the comfort you feel when you step foot inside your soon-to-be home, is undeniable. Don’t be nervous and just have fun!

Once you’ve decided Greek life is for you, there’s a few things you need to know. Ladies, fall recruitment is a formal process in which you must visit all the houses on campus. It’s a very long week and you’ll be answering the same questions over and over again, but smile, look excited, and it will all be over soon. If you choose not to rush in the fall, there is spring recruitment, which is less formal. Not all sorority houses take girls in the spring so you run the risk of not getting a house you may have wanted. Guys, your process is more casual and less stressful. You will meet the brothers at rush events (these could be barbecues, football games, or parties) and you get the opportunity to hang out with them. This will help them figure out if they would like to offer you a place in their organization and if you’d even like to be a part of theres.

Now that you’ve been offered a bid (invitation to join an organization), you’ll want to get to know the executive board members of your chapter. They’re the ones that run the show. From the recruitment chair to the social chair and even your risk manager, these brothers and sisters are what make the chapter stand strong. You’ll want to know them and may even realize that one day you’d like to take over their position. You’ll also participate in community service events for your philanthropy, according to what sorority or fraternity you are in. This is a great resume builder and will help you get started on becoming involved on and off-campus at the University of Rhode Island.

Greek Life Event: Beach Day

Greek Life Event: Beach Day

What about the parties? You’ll be socializing with other organizations throughout the year in order to strengthen the bonds of Greek life. Themes are also a huge part of this environment so you better get creative because you’ll be using things all around your dorm room to create costumes. Have fun with it because we all know after college wearing a toga just isn’t acceptable anymore. There’s also a little thing called Greek Week during the spring semester. During this time, chapters battle against each other to raise the most money for a good cause in Mr. and Mrs. Greek Week pageants, track races, belly flop contests, among others. All Greeks are also bound together by their love for Greek Week.

When you first get to the University of Rhode Island it will be overwhelming and you may feel like you can’t find your place. Once you make the decision to get involved, it will get a lot easier. Greek life aims to create an environment worth having for the next four years of your life. Why go greek? Because at URI, there really is nothing better.

A Look Into URI School Spirit

July 3, 2015 in Campus Life, Colleges, Events, Sports

Rhody Ram

Rhody Ram

At the University of Rhode Island you’ll find a large group of students lined up and eager on only two occasions: when the dining halls open back up and when Greek week starts. I failed to mention any sports games or events, because if you ask any Rhody Ram they’ll tell you our teams have not been worth watching in the past few years. Although other events like concerts and shows have excited students to become more involved, here is a look into URI school spirit by a Rhody Ram herself.

Recently, our Men’s Basketball team has worked their way up to becoming a more recognized and respected team. From their improvement in defense to their confidence on the court, they’re definitely a team to follow. Last season I attended the Senior Game, a time where fans bid farewell to the teams graduating players and believe me, that game was worth watching. Players like T.J Buchanan, E.C Mathews, and Hassan Martin stepped up their game last season bringing the team to their first National Invitation Tournament appearance since the 2009-2010 season. Alongside head coach Dan Hurley, these men are single handedly bringing more school spirit to the University of Rhode Island.

Let’s not forget the other sports teams taking strides toward improving their athletic performance on and off the field. Men’s sports also include baseball, football, track & field, cross-country, golf, and soccer. The women are also making their mark as Rhody’s must-see players. Their teams include basketball, cross-country, rowing, track & field, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, and volleyball. With a new training facility installed, these athletes are well equipped to have successful seasons this upcoming school year.

It’s only right that I also mention the group of students who have never failed to show school spirit at URI events. The Mob are high-energy school spirited Rhody Rams that have made it their mission to pump up the crowd and show players some Rhody spirit. Although they primarily focus on men’s basketball and football, they are always supporting sports teams at URI. With their crazy, energetic, and infectious energy, it’s no wonder they’re the biggest and most successful student-fan organization we have on-campus.

Kevin Hart at URI

Kevin Hart at URI

The University of Rhode Island also offers other events throughout the year like concerts, fundraisers, celebrity appearances, and educational forums. Since last year, I have found myself attending more and more events because of the wide-range of topics covered. If there’s one thing that has led to attend more events, it’s that there’s something for everyone. From film screenings to Electronic Dance Music (EDM) concerts and even appearances by Nev Schulman from Catfish and comedian Kevin Hart, URI offers a lot of events students do not take advantage of. The best part is, tickets are usually either free or at a discounted price.

This upcoming school year will be my final year at the University of Rhode Island, which mean’s I have some catching up to do. You’ll find me at some sports events and maybe even a concert or two. We only get four years to enjoy what our school’s have to offer so we might as well take advantage of it, right?

Here’s to being Rhode Island born and Rhode Island bred!

Freshmen Year Checklist: 10 Things You Should Do at URI

June 5, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Events, Top 10 Lists

Welcome to URI

Welcome to URI

You’re finally moved in to your dorm room, most of your stuff is unpacked…now what? Well, at the University of Rhode Island there are countless ways to get involved. From becoming involved through clubs or organizations, to taking trips off-campus and getting to know the surrounding area. Take a look at this freshmen year checklist: 10 most interesting activities you should do as a freshman once you have officially deemed yourself a Rhody Ram!

1. This will probably be one of the most hectic and chaotic nights of your freshmen year, but you’ll be happy you went. The first night all freshmen move in, URI hosts a ‘show and tell’ of all the clubs and organizations on-campus right at the memorial union known as First Night. Not only will you get a sense of how you can get involved, but it will make it easy for you to meet other freshmen. They’ll have some food, fun games, and even have booths set up to answer any of your questions. It’s definitely a night you won’t want to miss!

2. Have you got an interest for writing? Take a look at the student-run newspaper, The Good Five-Cent Cigar. Are you interested in video games? Well, URI has a club for you, too! Were you a part of your high schools student senate and would like to continue being part of a team designated to make decisions for the student body? URI’s Student Senate seems like the right place for you! No matter what your interests are, every university offers clubs and other organizations allowing all students to become involved. Don’t be shy and attend one of their meetings, clubs are always looking to expand their team.

Rhody Ram

Rhody Ram

3. We’ve always wanted to be those students filling up a basketball arena supporting our college basketball team. Man, did those kids on SportsCenter look like they were having the time of their lives. Truthfully, not every university is going to make it to the finals, but that’s okay! Part of the college experience, is attending sports events that may or may not end up how we ant them to. At the University of Rhode Island, the student body has begun supporting its evolving Men’s Basketball Team. In past years, games have begun to be sold out because of the school spirit. Get a group of your friends together, buy some Rhody gear and support your fellow Rhody Rams at any sporting event; could be baseball, hockey, football or soccer. Rhody Rhody Rhody!

4. Let’s face it, most of us didn’t come to college to join a Division 1 football team (that’s alright!).  Most universities offer a fun and competitive alternative known as intramural sports. From flag football to basketball and even indoor soccer, at URI you and your friends can start a team all your own. You’ll compete against other student teams and who knows, you may be good enough to be named champion!

Oozeball Tournament

Oozeball Tournament

5. A day dedicated to friendly competition, volleyball, and some dirt. Did I mention an entire field covered in mud? URI’s Annual Oozeball tournament welcomes all students looking to have some fun. Hosted at the beginning of the Spring semester, this tournament challenges you to bring out your inner kid. As a former player, I have a few suggestions for those brave enough to get a team together: Wear clothes you plan on disposing off, tape your shoes to your fee, bring your A-game and don’t be afraid to get down and dirty. The best part is getting to dive around in the mud!

 6. Maybe you came to school with no intention of joining Greek Life – most of those involved in sororities and fraternities probably said the same thing. It’s a difficult transition to make, but experiencing Greek Life may offer a lot more than you had ever expected. “Rush’ is a chance for you to meet each individual organization. The Greek community embodies strong leadership, personal growth and service. There’s a lot to learn from these leaders and what better way to stay involved then to become one. Besides who doesn’t want to make some friends and have a good time?

 7. I won’t lie, but there will be days that URI’s dining halls will no longer satisfy you’re cravings. You’ve had enough Butt Nuggets to last you the rest of your life and the wraps from Hope will have gotten to be boring. Have no fear! URI’s Emporium, located at the top of campus offers a variety of quick and easy foods. From burgers and pizzas to Chinese food and calzones; this place has it all. If there’s one recommendation I do have, it’s to encourage you to take a walk over to I-Zone. You’re going to have those weekend cravings at 2am when you get home from a party and you’ll thank me for this later, but give them a call and order a nice Chicken Parm Calzone for yourself. It’ll be the greatest yet messiest, but most delicious decision you’ll make at URI your freshmen year.

8. You’ve had a busy week and you’re just about ready to give up on everything (well don’t). URI has got this great little spot down in Narragansett that will offer your some down time. Whoever invented the Narragansett Seawall deserves a medal because it has offered students a place to just relax for years! There’s not much to say about it, unless you’ve taken a trip down there. Along the way you can pick up some ice cream or a smoothie and just go sit on the stone wall and get your thoughts back in order or even just enjoy the beautiful spring sky that Rhode Island is known for.

Iggy's Doughboys and Chowder House

Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House

9. Now that you’ve gone to the Seawall, it’s important to embark on another Rhode Island tradition! Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House offers fresh seafood and some sweet treats. Their Lobster Roll is absolutely to die for a long with their Fish & Chips. Have a sweet tooth? They’re Doughboy’s are perfectly fried and topped with sugar that will have you coming back for more. Whenever the weather gets warm, you’ll find a line of URI students waiting to get their teeth into some of Iggy’s fresh seafood.

10. It can’t be the best year of your life yet if you haven’t gotten the chance to have some Brickley’s Ice Cream. Rhode Island’s greatest creation has to have been this homemade ice cream. From fruity flavors to chocolate galore, you’ll find the perfect kind for you. Let’s not forget about the warm and toasty waffle cone. There’s more than one Brickley’s in Rhode Island so don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of chances to try some unforgettable homemade ice cream.

Now that I’ve shared with you the freshmen year checklist: 10 things you should do at URI, I hope you’d consider getting involved in some of these activities. You’ll never be a college freshman again in your life so why not make the best of it today. Make those mistakes and learn from them, meet some great people and remember (or forget) those long night’s!

Community College Edition: Sports

May 9, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Events

 

 

There are so many things I miss about high school. Prom, for one, was the best experience ever. But the sports makes a close second! I remember being so competitive; Rooting for my team and hoping we would be victorious (the competitive side in me made no choice for losing). But now those memories, are just… memories. I left my love for sports with my high school career and I haven’t had a need for it since. Fast- forward four years, and now I am in college. College is a HUGE experience and widely known for its sports. So what are college sports like? Well my pretties, here is the Community College Edition. #enjoy

1. No One Really Knows the Who, What, When, and Where

This, of course, is debatable, but at least at Pasadena City College, no one knows what sports are being played and at what times. I tried to get into college sports so many times during my first semester, but it was merely impossible. You could ask everyone in your class what games are that day and no one would know, nonetheless care. At a community college, sports are just so watered down. I think this may be because everyone is just trying to get out and into a four- year college. No one has time for sports, besides, there is always time for that when we get into the college of our dreams! *cough cough* UCLA Bruins.

2. School Spirit Is Dead

Of course, no team becomes victorious without its fans! But then there is the moment when you realize, your community college team(s) have no fans… I believe school spirit makes the game more interesting. It is just so fun being able to trash talk rival teams and to wear temporary tattoos of your school’s mascot. But community college is different. With everyone studying so hard, we all just want to go home and sleep at the end of the day, NOT stay at school. Of course, team spirit varies at every school, so don’t feel terrible if you plan on attending a community college; only YOU can determine how great your college experience will be.

3. You Find Out Your Team Loses Anyway

See #2 and #1

Because what point is there winning if no one knows when the game is, goes to the game, and cheers their team on?

4. HOMECOMING! 

Before you get too excited, let me elaborate: No gorgeous gowns are involved, no curls, pearls, and nail polish is optional (GASP!) It’s just football, and that’s all it will ever be. The days of crowning Kings and Queens are over (at least at PCC), and wearing your school spirit is a must. On the contrary, people actually do attend the Homecoming game. So for one night, you will experience a TON of high school nostalgia and wish those days would have never ended. #trustme. It is a night of pride, spirit, and becoming united as a school. So enjoy it while it lasts! But hey, if you must wear a flowing ballgown and 6 inch pumps, don’t let me stop you! You do you, girl. #girlswillbegirls

 

Low/No Costs Activities at Longwood University

January 14, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

Bowling-  College night at Main Street Lanes is every Tuesday night.  It costs students 5 dollars to bowl for the whole night, and is usually full of students.  This is a great (and cheap!) activity to have a great night with friends and to do it for little to no cost.

El Patron-  El Patron is Longwood’s cool and young Mexican restaurant right on the edge of campus.  The food usually costs no more that 10 dollars and is very good.  Many students go here to hang out and enjoy time with friends and to socialize.  It is also a place where people can celebrate birthdays and other exciting occasions when on a tight budget.

High Bridge Trial- The High Bridge Trial is a state park that offers a long biking, walking, and running trail for students who like the outdoors.  It also stretches 12.4 miles.  Visitors can start at various parts of the trail if they are not in for the whole 12.4 mile walk, run, or bike ride.  At the end of the trail, there is a huge “high bridge” (literally!) that gives people amazing views of the country side.  This is a low budget activity at its finest, because it cost no money to go to the trial and walk or run.  If you do not have a bike and want to rent one, that would be basically the only cost for this type of activity.

Intramural Sports-  For students who like to play sports, but are not on a sports team, intramural sports are the way to go.  Usually, when you join a team the cost for the entire team is around 30-50 dollars, but that ranges per sport and per season.  This is a low cost, since team members are supposed to split the costs, which is never usually over 5 dollars.

Lancer Productions Events-  Lancer Productions is Longwood’s student programming board.  Every week, they put on free weekend events (and some during the week as well), to give students something to do free of costs.  These events range from comedians, laser tag, craft nights, and movie nights.

Sporting Events-  Attending sporting events is another free and fun thing to do at Longwood.  All Big South sporting events are free for students, some usually having free giveaways at the door.  Longwood is Division I and in the Big South Conference, so the games, specifically during basketball season, are really fun to attend.

Go to the Movies-  Sunchase Cinemas only costs 8 dollars per movie because it gives students a student discount on their movie tickets.  This is nice for students who want to see a movie when they have some free time.  It is great for a low budget date or hang out with friends.

Thrift Shopping- Farmville, Virginia (where Longwood is located) had a ton of thrift stores around.  The stores carry cheap, super cool, and sometime rare items for people who want to shop on a budget or want to turn something old into something new.  If you are ever in town, Motley’s Emporium is one of the best.

The High Bridge Trail

The High Bridge Trail