The past week has been very eventful! We had our Spring Membership Recruitment Week. On Sunday, we had our interest meeting. The real excitement came in the game night we had afterwards. Things got a little heated during a game of Cranium. What can I say? I'm competitive. *shrugs* On Monday, the heat did NOT simmer down. What started off as a movie night became watching the Office and Parks & Rec, which then became watching State play an incredibly close game to d00k. The last few minutes were intense, but ultimately, the Devils succumbed to the wolves. We all felt like winners that night. Tuesday's event came just in time because I was starving..TACO TUESDAY at Moe's. That quesadilla really hit the spot. Afterwards, many of our members headed to Psi's game night event. On Wednesday, we did the funnest event AKA Cheerwine and Design with cupcakes. As you can see in the picture, there were some pretty original designs. Thursday afternoon was dedicated to what we're all about: service. Before the game that night, we met in the band office to strip color guard flags off of their poles and organize the new band storage space.
I interrupt this Rush Week info to shed light on the exciting weekend that some member of UNC ITB had. On Friday, five sisters and six brothers headed to Atlanta. Our first stop was the Bowl 'n Stroll, at which TBΣ and KKΨ members and alumni from various SED chapters came together. Some groups participated in the strolling contest. The sisters from Theta Zeta at A&T won (yasss NC way to represent! ). A lot of nalia was sold there. The next day we went to a cookout for ITB with some good cooking before heading to the Georgia Dome for Honda's Battle of the Bands. Eight HBCU marching bands performed. Ne-Yo was their halftime show, and I swear 13 year old me was finally satisfied with life. All of it was so good! After HBOB, we went back to the hotel. Some of us had a night out. Others chilled in the hotel. The next morning, we made our way back to catch the last event of Rush Week. At 7:46pm on Sunday night, we had our invitation-only dinner. We served breakfast for dinner. Shout out to Jordan and her homemade cinnamon rolls because those gave our taste buds so much joy! In the coming weeks, we will be having a dinner with sisters from other chapter(s), ITB Week, and our annual Crescendo event. Stay tuned!
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!
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