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!
The Iota Lambda chapter has had a very busy semester, especially in these last two months. Sisterhood was kicked off with a road trip to the mountains to see one of our Spring '13 sisTAUS, Avery Barlowe, marry her prince charming, Jonathan Crouch. It was a very joyous occasion with many sisters in attendance. The mountains were so mesmerizing with the many colors of Fall covering the mountainsides. It was the perfect getaway from all the stresses of college life. The sisters of the Iota Lambda chapter would like to wish Avery and Jonathan the best of luck on their new journey together.
Sisters have also been very busy working to bring in a Nu (pun intended) membership class. 7 lovely ladies have decided to take the journey into sisterhood and we as a chapter have had so much fun helping guide these ladies into the sorority. Each one of them brings something special to the table that will truly magnify the bond that this chapter shares. These ladies have been hard at work with passing tests and turning in all of the required assignments defined in the process. We are so excited to see this process to the end and welcome in new sisters into the bond!
Rush week (8/31-9/5) was a complete success for the Iota Lambda Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma!
The first night (Monday) we had ZUMBA, which was led by Ariel Everett. We had a great turnout and a lot of fun!
The second night was service night and we had people help with field set-up and break-down to get people pumped about service and Tau Beta Sigma!
Wednesday, Day 3, we had “Cheerwine and Design (Cupcakes).” The cupcakes were BEAUTIFUL and incredibly creative. They were pretty tasty, too, for which I will definitely take credit!
Thursday was the game against South Carolina and we had a break from activities to just enjoy our game day with the Marching Tar Heels. Iota Lambda actually got to meet some of the sisters of our Big Sister chapter, Epsilon Alpha, from the “Other” Carolina, which was really exciting!
Friday, we played Capture the Flag on the upper quad, had ice cream sandwiches and popsicles, and had a TON of fun. We also had a lot of support from our KKPsi chapter, Mu Eta, which was incredibly appreciated!
The dinner we had on Saturday night was delicious and a huge hit, with a wide range in our musical selection and an even wider range in dinner topics; I would go so far as to say that everyone enjoyed their evening tremendously!
Overall, rush week was an amazing time and we got to meet so many people through each event, which made the events that much more enjoyable. Now, we are preparing ourselves and our MEC’s for the long, but joyous, road ahead of them.
Starting a week into school the sisters of TBΣ were tasked with uniform sorting and distribution. This is something we’ve done for a long time and one of the biggest ways we can support the band and assist band staff at the beginning of the season. Uniforms were delivered, unloaded, and organized in preparation for uniform distribution. The next day the us and the brothers from KKPsi helped to find, fit, change, hand out, and record everything that the band members needed for their full uniforms. We had several people running around the uniform racks finding uniforms and making sure they fit, while others handed out the other gear and recorded names and uniform numbers. Our two guard members were also in charge of the colorguard outfits and did a great job handing those out and making sure everyone had what they needed. While it took most of that Saturday due to the number of members it went very well and everyone received what they needed. We’ll be hoping to do this again next year as it is a great way to both assist the band and get the TBΣ and KKPsi names out there amongst new and returning band members!
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