The Iota Lambda chapter of Tau Beta Sigma has been very busy this fall! Service in Music Month ended up being a huge success with our four projects. The first week we had our letter push after practice where many marching band students stopped by the table for some sweet tea and an opportunity to write a letter to Senator Burr about the importance of the arts in schools. For our next project, we travelled in the very early morning (because Service Never Sleeps) to Winston Salem to volunteer at the Band of America competition. We got to do everything from be ticket takers, to selling programs, to stamping hands, to running important things to the judges! It was so fun to be around the high school marching bands and stand out in the crisp autumn chill with my sisters. Our third project was helping set up for the Chapel Hill Philharmonia concert. Some of our sisters served as camera operators and others handed out programs, and all helped set up the chairs! There was a huge turn out for the concert and seeing all of the cute little kids excited about music definitely made my day! Our fourth project for October was donating and handing out water bottles to the high school marching band of South East Raleigh Magnet High School.
All in all the month was a huge success! Thank you to every sister of Tau Beta Sigma that dedicated their time and effort to helping complete the projects! We as a chapter are very excited to complete our projects for the rest of the semester and look forward to a fantastic year.
McKenna Gramzay, VPSP
Rush Week had a late start, but it was absolutely ahhhhh-mazing! We started off the week with a laid-back movie night. We were planning to watch Tangled, but things happen and we ended up watching The Road to El Dorado. Lot of laughs were shared, and lots of popcorn was devoured!
Next, we had our service event after Tuesday’s practice in Kenan Music Building where we stacked up chairs and put away stands. We love serving the UNC Bands and hope everyone who attended this event enjoyed it too.
On Wednesday, Cheerwine and Design made a comeback! This time we created awesome tie-dye shirts while sipping on some delicious Cheerwine. My fingers may have been stained blue for a while, but it was all worth it!
Capture the Flag was our last public event on Friday! It was my first time playing, even though it was very exhausting, it was the most fun I had all week. I’m also glad we had delicious ice pops to cool us down afterwards. P.S. Although I’m still sore, I’m surviving though!
We ended rush week with an invitation-only dinner. We had an amazing pasta bar, Caesar salad, and some reallyyyyy GREAT desserts! Thanks to all my SisTAUs for donating their time and money into making the best dinner possible!!
I enjoyed the company of every single person who attended a rush event, so thanks to you all too! I’m excited as VPM
to lead a new line into this wonderful sisterhood!!
I feel like it’s pretty typical for people to say, “it’s been a long and hard journey.” Well, that’s because it is. My line sisters and I had to jump through all kinds of hoops to cross this semester: a service project, a fundraiser, and a few really tough tests! I was pretty nervous about the probate, too. These obstacles are meant to challenge us, change us, and incorporate us into the Sisterhood.
You don’t understand what it really means until you cross. We wear letters, we hold up the “Sigma” hand sign in pictures, we sing the Sorority hymn together — these are privileges, only earned through the journey that every Sister completed in order to be initiated.
As tough as the process is (and as much feelings I had while I was going through it), I realize now that the challenges are pivotal to the Sisterly bond. We all experienced this journey and its obstacles together, and we all have this in common.
Honestly, the hardest part for me was the probate. I’m very shy and I’m not good at being loud. I tend to stay quiet so I won’t attract attention, yet for the probate, I had to be the center of attention — and I was so nervous. But in the end, I did okay. I started my reveal with a huge scream, which surprised everyone, including myself. I’m so glad Maranda was able to capture this moment: (I love everyone’s faces!)
I’m so proud of the person I’ve become after this journey. The friendships I’ve made and will keep developing through the years will be truly lifelong. My journey into TBS has ended, but my journey as a Sister has just begun!
TBS had a fun-filled week with lots of interesting visitors. First, on Friday, 4/8, we led Benson Middle School band members on a tour of our beautiful campus. They took their first sip from the old well, roamed around the museum (aka Wilson library), grabbed some free things from the pit, and ran laps around Kenan Memorial Stadium. The energy they possessed I never knew existed. They ended their trip by observing one of the Jazz Band’s practices which they really enjoyed. Hopefully, they now know all the opportunities there are to continue band in college.
Our other visitors came for our Women in Music’s event on 4/11. Our first speaker was Anne Laney, a professional flutist and also the mother of our very own Megan Laney. She talked about the path she took to achieve her career goals. Mrs. Laney knew she wanted to work in music since 2nd grade and even though it was a difficult, long journey she never gave up on her dreams and now she has a rewarding career of principal flute in the North Carolina Symphony. Our second speaker was Robin Gorham, a band director from Fuquay Varina Middle School. She also graduated UNC almost 30 years ago. Gorham talked about how important she believes our organization is to the Marching Tar Heels. If TBS existed when she was at UNC, she says she would’ve definitely joined (Honorary Member or Nah?). We serve the band, but it also serves us. She talked about the important connections she has made in the real world just from being a former Marching Tar Heel or being in band at all. It’s a family that is there to support you, so we should hold on to that and appreciate it. BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE GEEB!
It has been a great month of service, so far! I’m looking forward to our Girl Scout visitors in the upcoming week.
What a time to be alive! Only two teams remain, and WE ARE ONE OF THEM! I was thrILled to be one of the lucky few to witness UNC beat Indiana and Notre Dame in Philadelphia last weekend, and I got to play my clarinet for Roy and the boys in the hotel which was incredible. Speaking of good times, before spring break, our Iota Lambda got together with the sisters from North Carolina Central’s Epsilon Lambda chapter for a potluck dinner. The night went more swimmingly than food-centered events Da ILlest has held in the past, so in lieu of burnt or forgotten food, memories were kindled through intriguing and hilarious conversations. We had mouth-watering meatballs, baked beans that put my grandmother’s to shame (sorry, not sorry, Grandma), and ice (I really like cold beverages, okay!?). Once our food had settled, in standard fashion, our chapters started strolling. Their ever-so-lovely sister, Kendra, had the patience to teach us one of their strolls, which was a lot of fun for everyone involved, including me, a bystander! It looked like a lot of fun, though, so I hopped in too and ignored the fact that my body is lanky and awkward ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I speak on behalf of the chapter in saying that we are very excited to have this newly formed relationship with the sisters of Epsilon Lambda, and we look forward to continuing that relationship through future stroll practices, and arguably more importantly, those baked beans!
Life can be pretty hectic, and the life of a college student is quite possibly the most hectic of all. But it is possible to find balance so life doesn't become completely unbearable.
If you find this balance, can you please send me the recipe?
Jk jk, college life isn't all bad. It's not even half bad. But all I can do is tell you about my college experiences up to this point.
I big part of my college life is marching band, and even more recently my membership in TBS. In TBS I serve as active treasurer. Basically I handle all the financial happenings and interactions of the sorority and head fundraising projects. It's not overly complicated, but it can take up a good deal of my time, especially when I'm also a full-time student with a part-time job.
Balancing all these roles can get pretty overwhelming but if there's one thing I've learned it's how to use my friends, peers, and sisters as support. Having an active and balanced college life isn't something one goes at alone. I'm so lucky to be surrounded by driven, intelligent, passionate sisters and peers. They help and support me from taking on any delegated projects, to just giving a warm hug on a day that seems almost never-ending.
But as with anything in life, if you love doing it, it will never feel like work. I don't really mean that what I do everyday isn't work, but rather that the outcomes produced--a better organization, a better band, and a better self--are all things that make the hard work worth it. Plus it doesn't hurt when you're surrounded by your best friends. So, what more could I really ask for?
Above: Photos from a fundraiser event that Iota Lambda did in February. As treasurer, Logan is responsible to coordinating events such as this Mister Sister Auction.
Iota Lambda had a fantastic RUSH Week this Spring 2016 semester!
We started the week with Cheerwine and Design on Tuesday. We painted canvases (with varying degrees of expertise) and sipped on some delicious Cheerwine. Here are a few of our masterpieces:
The next day, we educated ourselves with a Healthy Relationships and Sexual Identity seminar from a few folks at the UNC Wellness Center. It was a great bonding and learning experience for the chapter as well as the potential new members; we played games, had competitions, and engaged in stimulating discussions.
On Thursday, we did what we do best: serve the UNC bands! For this RUSH event we cleaned up chairs and stands after marching band rehearsal.
On Friday, we continued our Zumba tradition with our lovely instructor/sister, Ariel. We all got a good workout and gained a few dance skills. Please observe our awesome moves here:
Finally, we finished the week with a wonderful home-cooked dinner with the chapter. We ate delicious chicken, mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, brownies, and other amazing dishes. Thank you to the sisters for making great food, and thank you to the interested band members for joining us!
We are unbelievably excited for what the rest of the semester has in store as we welcome 3 new members into Iota Lambda!
I'm Maranda. I'm the new historian/webmistress for the Spring 2016 semester. I look forward to keeping you updated in "Da ILlest" ways possible!
The Fall semester became much busier than I intended when I decided to start on the journey to becoming a sister of Tau Beta Sigma. The Cheerwine and Design rush event tempted me with cupcakes and I ended up attending the rest of the events for the week, ending in the lovely dinner on Saturday that allowed me to get to know the other members and prospective members much better!
The eight weeks into Tau Beta Sigma proved to be a challenge. Not only did I have multiple tests to study for, but I had new friends to make as well. Getting to know my line sisters as individuals and getting to see their personalities come through along the way was definitely one of the most rewarding parts. Working together, we managed to pull together a service project and fundraiser project, and were much more successful than anticipated. Probate practices were a definite source of both challenge and bonding, as we relied heavily on one another for moral support and the positive result of the final product.
Finally, the date of the probate arrived. I can’t say that I said everything perfectly (I accidentally called Mark sophisticated instead of selfless), but all went well by the end. The crowd was wonderfully supportive, filled with both TBΣ and KKΨ members that made the experience so much more enjoyable with their enthusiastic support! Now, officially being a sister in Tau Beta Sigma, I can look back on my journey and say with certainty that I am grateful to be where I am.
October was service in music month and that was not lost upon the Iota Lambda chapter. The theme this year was similar to that of last year's, service in music across the generations. To fulfill this theme we went about doing four projects. For the youth age group we are planning a band to go and demonstrate at a local elementary school to encourage the youth to pick up an instrument later on and give band a try. Next for adolescent we and several members of the band wrote letters to a NC congressperson advocate music and the arts in k-12 schools. For adult/young adult we served the band members in several ways from a concert setup to stadium setup. Finally for the elderly group we helped cleanup after the veterans national creative arts festival. These events involved both old and new members of the chapter and helped us keep service in our sights for the month as well as the semester!
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