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 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!

Get that Job or Internship!

November 14, 2014 in Alive Campus, Career



There are tons of internships and jobs on campus at Longwood University.  Here at Longwood, all students are required to do an internship in order to graduate and it is considered a general education goal.

Jobs on campus included working in the dining hall, being a resident assistant, a desk aide, or working in one of the many offices and services that Longwood has.

I myself have a job on campus.  I work as a desk aide in one of the residential communities and love it.  I love the flexibility of my job as a desk aide, and also how it is quiet and productive at the desk in which I work.

My biggest piece of advice when trying to get a job on campus, is to dedicate yourself one hundred percent.  I would also say, that you should go out and seek those jobs and really want them, because if you do not want to give your all, someone else will.

I also have an internship on campus at the public relations office.  My internship is also flexible to my class schedule and allows me to make connections on and off campus that will benefit me in the long run.  During this internship, I get to work with PR firms and also help in the process of rebranding my university.

This past summer, I interned at NASA Langley Research Center, in their Office of Education. There I helped plan events, organize tours of the center, and did public outreach for NASA Langley. I met a lot of people from all across the country, and also go to make connections and listen to interesting speakers every week.

I would recommend everyone, whether required or not get an internship when in college.  This is important, because it helps build up your resume and gives you real life experience to take out with you into the real world.

On college campuses, there are many ways to find jobs or internships, and many resources students an use.  They can go to their university career center, and ask for help in their search.  There, they will go over possible internships with you.

Also, a great way to get an internship or job on campus is to network with the people around you every day.  You can also talk to alumni and your faculty and staff members, but also do not forget about talking to your peers about potential jobs or internships available.

Another piece of advice I would give you, is to check your email for updates and messages from your university career center.  Also, take them your resume and ask them to help you, by proof reading it.

Be aware of job and internship openings and postings all the time.  Also, try and find a job or internship related to your major and future career path.  Be flexible and apply for many jobs and internships and do not throw all of your eggs in one basket, because that will limit you.

Good Luck!

Hailey Gilbert: An Interview with an Involved Longwood University Student

September 26, 2014 in Alive Campus

Longwood student Hailey Gilbert

Longwood student Hailey Gilbert

Hailey Gilbert is a 20 year old Longwood University student born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey.  I sat down with her to ask her a few questions about her time at Longwood University, her involvement, career aspirations, and more.

Natalie:  Can you tell me about yourself?

Hailey:   I am the third child in my family.  I like to bake and to give back to the community.  I enjoy spending time with my family and I am from New Jersey.  I studied abroad in Germany in 2013 and really enjoyed it.  I like to go on vacations and also enjoy studying speech pathology.

Natalie: What is your major?

Hailey: Communications Sciences and Disorders with a Special Education minor.

Natalie: Why did you choose CSDS?

Hailey: I volunteered at a camp for special needs children in New Jersey.  The camp is called Camp Fatima and it is for ages five to nineteen.  It is completely volunteer-based, and the children do not have to pay anything to attend the camp.  Many of the other volunteers are speech language pathologists and special educators.  Through this experience, I was able to get exposer to what speech therapists can do in their professions.

Natalie: What are you future career aspirations?

Hailey: Upon graduation, I plan to attend a two year graduate school program.   Following completion of graduate school, I hope to open up a private practice for children with special needs and other language disorders.

Natalie: Why did you choose Longwood University?

Hailey:  I mainly choose Longwood University because of the Communications Sciences and Disorders program.  Besides for that, Longwood feels like home and everyone is nice.

Natalie: What activities are you involved in?

Hailey:  I am a Resident Assistant, involved in RCL (Residential and Commuter Life) Mentors, the Student Government Association, the National Student Speech Hearing Association, Sigma Alpha Pi, and I am a Junior Advisor for Alpha Lambda Delta the freshman honor society.

Natalie: What is your favorite part about Longwood?

Hailey:  My favorite part would be the traditions.  They just make Longwood unique compared to other universities.  My favorite tradition are the Princep crowns on campus, because I can always step on them for good luck before a test.  The secret societies like Princeps set Longwood a part from other schools, because they recognize students for all of their hard work, and promote the characteristics of being a citizen leadership.

Natalie: Any hobbies or fun facts about yourself?

Hailey:  Reading, singing, and hanging out with friends.  Well, my dad was in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics for Team Handball.  He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army.

Natalie:  What makes you unique as a student and a person?

Hailey:  As a student, I think I am unique because I come from out of state and Longwood and most students at Longwood are in state.  As a person, it would be my devotion to my major and what I plan to do with the rest of my life.

Natalie:  If you could finish this sentence, what would you say?  Hailey Gilbert is…

Hailey:  Hailey Gilbert is a devoted student and friend.

Free Time and What to Do With It

September 3, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

If you have stumbled across this post, you are more than likely procrastinating an assignment or you have encountered the average college student’s debacle: free time. Realistically, you only have class 15-18 hours per week. Compare that with the 40 hours per week you were used to at your high school, and it is understandable why you may be feeling a little bored. Most athletes from high school go from 40 hours of class time per week, then an additional 10 hours per week of practice alone. If you don’t continue your athletic career to college, you are going to feel a major change in down time. As someone who has not had a high-demanding job while taking classes, you’ve come to the right place to figure out how to kill time, manage to pass your classes and keep your sanity.

1. Get a job
Kind of a no-brainer here. Businesses in areas surrounding college campuses do very well because of the influx of young people looking to do something off campus, meaning these same places are probably hiring. Be clear about your schedule and how many hours you’re willing to work. Even two nights a week at a restaurant will do you well in killing time, while making some cash on the side.

2. Join a club
Find something you are interested in, even if it is just a mild interest, and find out if your campus has a club or organization around it. Sometimes these clubs put on events that you can help out with that will actually end up being really fun. Plus, you never know who you’re going to meet. I had no idea I was going to meet my girlfriend at my school’s film club meeting, but I’m sure glad I attended that night! (Just kidding, I’m still very much single no one wants to date me)

3. Workout
No one in their right mind likes working out. I know I don’t. But as a college kid, I can say that most of us eat like crap, and drink too much. A good way to combat this by exercising at least 40 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. Yes, it’ll be good for your body and all that good stuff, but it also helps with your state of mind. Though we do tend to have down time, that shouldn’t suggest that we don’t have stressful times. Sometimes you missed a deadline on a paper, have 3 projects going on at once, or you are having roommate problems – and sometimes, these all happen at once. Give yourself 40 minutes of exercise where you are listening to your favorite music and let the bullshit drift away. Plus, you usually get some of your aggression out, so you’ll feel a lot less stressed out.

4. Drink
I know this sounds like horrible advice, but sometimes after a long week of classes full of tests or papers sometimes having a couple of beers isn’t a bad thing. Sitting around your table with your roommates shooting the shit over a few drinks is sometimes the perfect way to end a week, and its always worth a few laughs when you’re doing it. The only problem is, if you get involved with this too much, you’ll definitely need to seek out council in #1 and #3.