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.

Freshmen Top Ten

April 14, 2015 in Alive Campus

Let’s get one thing straight: Being a Freshmen is FANTASTIC. It is the chance to start over, turn over a new leaf, and have TONS of fun! So exactly what IS fun? Here is a list I compiled for all you prospective freshies out there. #yowelcome

1. RUSH! RUSH! RUSH! Join a sister or brother hood! If you have been looking to gain and experience love, commitment, and new friendships, it might be time to Go Greek. And lucky for you, there is no better time to do this than your Freshman year.

2. The Breakfast Club. No, not the movie! As a Freshman, you will be able to experience a Club Rush! Yes I know, it already sounds geeky but trust me on this one! This is your chance to branch out and have fun! (Other than in your extracurricular classes! Yay for extra fun!) And hey, maybe you can even start your own Breakfast Club. #myidea #givemethecredit

3. Tryout Time! Missing your high school days? Don’t sweat! Being a new freshie gives you the chance to tryout for sports just like in the good ol’ days. Don’t forget to keep updated on the times and dates of when tryouts are; You don’t want to miss the chance to impress the coaches with your mad skills, now do you?

4. Extracurriculars. Yes, you are in school to succeed and get that degree, but don’t forget to have some fun, too! Pick an extracurricular class that is fun, but useful! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play guitar, now is your chance! Is painting your thing? Take an art class! This is your chance to have fun while also earning credit for it! You cute, multi-tasker, you!

5. FOUR WORDS: Check Out Your Library. Geeky? Yes. Kidding? Heck no! Believe it or not, you will be using the library A LOT. Get to know it while you can! The library is a popular spot, especially during lunch time. #snaps

6. Find Good Eats. Lunch is the most important meal of the day, ESPECIALLY for any college freshie. Take time to scope out any good eats around the neighborhood. Lunch isn’t only brought, it’s bought.

7. Homecoming! Luckily for all you with high school nostalgia, college has a Homecoming, too! Cheer on your team on by getting into the school spirit! Bring your school colors, pom poms, and A game. #goteamgo

8. Add to the group! Picking and going to a college is a very personal decision and one you must do alone. So why not take this chance to add to your groupies? Socialize with your classmates and engage in the Five Foot Rule: Talk to someone within five feet of you! Trust me, it’s actually fun!

9. Find Your Destiny. Still don’t know who you are or who you want to be? Go visit your Career Center! I always took an interest in putting the pieces of who I was together and I think you will, too

10. Get Ahead Of The Game. It is never too early to apply for internships! My recommendation? The Disney College Program. As a college student, you automatically qualify to apply! For more information please follow the link: Disney College Program. And remember, this program isn’t for everyone.

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten: Freshmen Edition! Until next time! #daphneoverandout

Movies College Students Should Watch

February 20, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Reviews

Every year many movies come out in the theater and people try to watch those movies that look fun, funny, and action filled. It is impossible to watch all of them and some people watch certain movies based on the reviews and its popularity. Here are some movies that should be watched by college students at least once in their lifetime. These movies are not in any specific order:

Popcorn Time!!

Popcorn Time!!

12 Years a Slave: Since this movie came out in theaters I have been hearing great reviews about it. I have heard it shows a true side of slavery that some people try to ignored (the horrible treatment towards slave). I have not watched this movie because I have not found it online in streaming sites like Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu. Despite me having not watch them movie, I still recommend this movie to other college students. It can be difficulty to watch, especially since it’s a topic people try to stay away from, but it’s a real eye opener for those who want to know or do not want to see the horrors of slavery.

Spirited Away: To some people this movie can be seen as a movie for little kids since it’s an anime. Yet, Miyazaki Hayao’s movies has a deeper meaning behind them. Spirited Away tells a story of a little girl whose parents are turned into pigs and she ends being stuck in the spirit world. Her only option is to work at a Onsen, a hot spring, which according to Miyazaki represent how in the past little girls worked as prostitutes in these Onsen. There are many themes and motifs in this movie. If you are interesting in them check out a sparks notes analysis of the movie:

 Paranormal Activity: To some people this movie is scary and would stay away from it, but this movie is really funny. The story plot has potential, but the first half of the movie is boring, half way through the movie is funny, and the ending is a cliffhanger, but it can be funny to watch with some friends. If you have not watch this movie because it’s classify as a horror movie, then you are missing out on a comedy film.

The Godfather: Some people may have already watched this movie by now, but this movie is a classic and those who have not watch it yet should go watch it right now! It’s exciting and fun to watch. There is even a sequel and they are in Netflix, so there is not reason to not watch it.

 Gravity: I have not seen this movie yet, but it looks like a great movie to watch. I remember hearing and reading positive reviews, so why not give it a change!

These are some of the movies I believe should be watched by every college students. The movies mention above are fun to watch, funny, and some may even have a deeper meaning behind them. It’s winter time, and if you live in the Northeast, then you probably have piles of snow all around you, so why not stay home, if possible, and watch some movies! 

My Typical Day in College at Longwood University

January 28, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

A typical day in my life at Longwood University is crazy.  Here’s a look at a day in the life.

I wake up around 8:30 every morning and get ready to go to class.  Then, since I live off campus, I ride the Farmville Area Bus (FAB), which is a shuttle for students to and from the apartment communities to main campus.  Once I get to campus I start my day of classes.  After classes are done for the day, or when I have a break between them, I usually grab a bite to eat and then go to the library to get some work done.  Every day I try to spend every minute of the day being as productive as I can.

After classes are done, I go to work.  I am a desk aide in one of our close-to-campus apartment communities, and so I work a two hour shift every time I go to work.  After work the rest of my evening is filled with meetings and homework.  Depending on the day, I have to go to a bunch of various meetings such as newspaper, Lancer Productions, Ambassadors, W.M.L.U, and many more.  I also have a Thursday night radio show that I host so that changes up my schedule every Thursday.

Being an avid Longwood sports fan and Lancer Lunatic, whenever there is a game, I am there.  Right now we are in basketball season, so at least twice a week you can find me in Willett Gym cheering on the men’s and women’s basketball teams.  You can also find me running errands and going to my friends events as well.  I like to support as many people and organizations as possible, so if someone is having an event, I always try to attend.

At the end of the day, I typically find myself back at the library to finish up work and get ahead.  Like I said, I love to be productive, so once I get one thing done, I jump to the next!  After I am done with all the things I want to get done for that day including meetings, homework, writing articles, blogging, and other hobbies, I ride the FAB back home to where I live.  Once I get there, I clean and organize my room, take a shower, and usually (since i am so tired from the day!) jump into bed and do it all again the next day.

It might sound like a busy, busy day to some people, but for me it is really productive and fun!  I get to spend time with my friends, learn new things, make memories, and gain experiences, from being involved and busy.  I encourage people to get involved, but also know their limits.  I also want to stress the importance of taking time to do the things you like to do, whether that is be involved, blog, play music, cook,  etc.  That way, if you do those things, a busy day, will always be a PRODUCTIVE and HAPPY day!

That's me!  A proud Longwood Lancer!

That’s me! A proud Longwood Lancer!

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