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Great awards follow a great year in Greek Life

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

 

Fraternity members celebrate success in 2010-2011 academic year. (Photo by Daniel M. Reck.)

It’s been a big year for Greek Life at Monmouth College.  Thousands of dollars have been raised for charity, thousands of hours have been given in service, and hundreds of students have enjoyed academic success.

The pinnacle of each year is Greek Week, which recently concluded with the Annual Greek Life Awards.  All seven Greek organizations came together, raised over $1,050 for Haiti earthquake relief, and organized a record-setting blood drive.

“Greek Week this year was a magnificent success!” says Haleigh Turner ’12, Greek Week Chair and President of Pi Beta Phi. “Every chapter came together on multiple occasions to hang out, have a great time, possibly get slimmed, and show campus that no matter our letters we are a unified Greek System.

Through Penny Wars and a Car Bash, Greeks raised $1,054.13, which will go to Lights for Haiti through Citizen Effect. The money raised will help provide solar-powered lanterns to Haitians who are still recovering from the earthquake that devastated the country two years ago.

There were many events during Greek Week, from a Bop-It tournament, Slime-Time, karaoke, trivia, a scavenger hunt, and philanthropies; perhaps one of the most memorable was the All-Greek Candle Pass.

“It really meant a lot to see brothers and sisters from different organizations linked together representing not only our unity during Greek Week but our forever support of one another as we passed a significant item from each chapter as well as sang our songs,” says Turner.

The Greek Week show allowed fraternity members to show off their values, pride, and humor as they put on four 1990s-themed acts. In addition to the shows put on by Greek organizations, the so-called Greek God and Goddess, along with their Demigod and Demigoddess counterparts, competed in talent, questions, and overall participation to win the titles.

The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon and the women of Pi Beta Phi won the Greek Show on Thursday night with their medley of references to 90s television shows and dance numbers. The men of Zeta Beta Tau, teamed up with a mix of women from each women’s fraternity dubbed The Panhellenic Alliance, won the banner contents, which was also announced at the Greek Week show.

Greek Week ended on Friday with the Annual Greek Life Awards banquet. Greeks dressed to impress and to raise awareness for autism. Alpha Xi Delta women handed out blue ribbons for World Autism Awareness Day, which coincided with the awards program.  Outside, Wallace Hall’s famous copula was lit in a brilliant blue as part of the national “Light It up Blue” campaign for Autism Awareness Month. The Empire State Building in New York City, along with many other landmarks, were also awash in blue for the night.

The banquet, held in the specially-decorated cafeteria, brought together fraternity members from every organization to celebrate their successes and the success of their fellow brothers and sisters. The guest list not only included fraternity members, but faculty, advisors, deans, and President Mauri Ditzler.

The women of Alpha Xi Delta won Overall Greek Week for their fourth year running as well as many other chapter and individual awards.

“We have worked hard to better ourselves and to follow our National Fraternity motto, ‘realize your potential,’” says Kim Dwyer ’12, President of Alpha Xi Delta. “It was exciting to see all of our hard work pay off.  Our chapter is more than grateful and proud of one another.”

Although each of the awards are of high honor, the most prestigious award that can be earned at Monmouth College is the award for Outstanding Chapter Operations. This year, Pi Beta Phi earned this award.

Recipients of the 2011 Greek Life Awards were:

  • Academic Excellence Award – Alpha Xi Delta
  • Excellence in Campus Involvement and Leadership – Phi Delta Theta
  • Outstanding Chapter Program – Xi Man, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Award for Excellence in Community Service and Philanthropy – Phi Delta Theta
  • Outstanding Advisor – Denise Turnbull, Pi Beta Phi
  • Emerging Female Leader – Lydia Butler, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Emerging Male Leader – Jeff Skalon, Alpha Tau Omega
  • Outstanding Greek President – Leah Statler, Pi Beta Phi
  • Greek Woman of the Year – Kristen Wyse, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek Man of the Year (Cy Reagan Award) – John Cayton, Phi Delta Theta
  • The Richard “Doc” Kieft Award – Rodney Clayton, Phi Delta Theta
  • Outstanding Chapter Operations – Pi Beta Phi
  • Greek Week Spirit Award – Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek God and Goddess – Andrew Farraher, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Ashley May, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek Demi-God and Demi-Goddess – Alex Mackley, Zeta Beta Tau and Courtney Jonsson, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Overall Greek Week Winners – Alpha Xi Delta

“Winning the Chapter Operations Award is a true honor”, said Turner. “Leah, as President, and our executive board, worked hard to excel our chapter to one that adheres not only to a loving sisterhood but one with high standards for our sisters.” μ

Michelle Bruce ‘12

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Alpha Xis help Wallace Hall ‘Light It Up Blue’

Friday, April 1st, 2011

 From their new home on East Broadway, the women of Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity will have a great vantage point for viewing an unusual campus sight that they helped create.

On the evening of Friday, April 1, thanks to their efforts, Wallace Hall will take on a new appearance as part of “Light It Up Blue,” an international initiative to shine a light on autism as a growing public health crisis. Both the familiar cupola and the front of the building will be flooded in blue light for one night only. 

More than 450 iconic landmarks – including the Empire State Building – and venues such as bridges, sports arenas, museums and restaurants in more than 120 U.S. cities and 30 countries will also Light It Up Blue this weekend to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day.

The Alpha Xi Delta national fraternity entered into a partnership with Autism Speaks in 2009. As the largest autism advocacy and research organization in the world, Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes and prevention of autism; finding treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Bob Wright, vice chairman of General Electric, founded the organization in 2005 along with his wife, Suzanne. The Wrights are the grandparents of a child with autism.

A complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, autism is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown. μ

Barry McNamara, Director of the News Bureau

This article appeared in The Pipeline for the week of April 2-8, 2011.

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Greek Week to support Haiti, recognize excellence

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The 2011 Greek Week kicks off this Friday, March 25. The week will start off with an all Greek dinner and dance party on Friday. Greeks will be expressing their love for the 90s decade, and their pride for their organizations during this week.

“We started planning [in] September,” said Haleigh Turner ’12, head of the Greek Week Team and president of Pi Beta Phi. According to Turner, the group, which includes representatives from all seven fraternities, worked hard this year to create a week with fun 90s-themed games, singing, dancing, and even service.  Representatives from the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, as well as Order of Omega, also contributed to the effort.

On Saturday, Greeks will come together to clean up the Monmouth College campus and end the day with some games. Monday starts Penny Wars during lunch and dinner, which will continue until lunch on Friday, April 1.

Proceeds from Penny Wars and the other philanthropies occurring throughout the week will be donated to the Lights for Haiti Project through Citizen Effect, an organization that encourages people to create teams and join together to raise money towards a certain project.

Greeks will be raising money to bring lights to Haiti. “What’s interesting about Citizen Effect is that you can actually see what the money is being put towards and how many people it is helping,” Turner said.  Other proceeds will benefit campus programming by the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils, which sponsor Greek Week.

The highly-anticipated Greek Week Show will take place on Thursday, March 31, at 7:00 PM. Four teams  of fraternity men and women will perform skits portraying Greek values using the 90s theme. “It is going to be the best one yet!” said Kim Boyd ‘13, manager of the Greek Week Show and member of Alpha Xi Delta.

The week will end with the Annual Greek Life Awards on Friday, as organized by Order of Omega, the honor society for men’s and women’s fraternity members who excel academically. The banquet, also hosted by Monmouth College, Interfraternity Council, and the Panhellenic Council, will feature a keynote address from Colonel Stephen Bloomer, a senior development officer for Monmouth College, and advisor to Phi Delta Theta.

Awards will be presented by other campus dignitaries, including Vice President for Student Life Jacquelyn Condon, Associate Dean of Students Michelle Merritt, and Assistant Director of Greek Life, Leadership, and Involvement Daniel M. Reck.  The awards recognize a range of accomplishments from outstanding chapter advisors, academic achievements, and excellence in chapter operations.  Order of Omega will also recognize the students who were inducted this year, as well as the faculty and staff members they have selected to honor with membership.

The Greek Week team worked hard to schedule events around class schedules. While Greek members are encouraged to participate in every activity, it is important to attend every class during this week, said Turner.

“It feels really good to see our hard work turning into a reality.” said Boyd. μ

Michelle Bruce ’12 and Annie Soto ‘12

 

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2011 Greek Week Schedule of Events

Friday, March 25, 2011 – Greek Week Kickoff: Wear Fraternity Letters

  • Noon – Show: All show music/DVDs/videos due, Leadership Development Office
    (late entries will not be accepted and result in disqualification)
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – All Greek Dinner, Main Dining Room
  • 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM – All Greek Dance Party, Fraternity Complex Social Space

Saturday, March 26, 2011 – Wear Greek Week Shirts

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – All Greek Campus Clean Up, meet at Dunlap Terrace

Sunday, March 27, 2011- Wear Greek Apparel

  • 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM – All Greek Brunch, Main Dining Room
  • 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM – Legends of the Hidden Temple including Photo Hunt, Huff Center Field house
  • 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM – All Greek Candle Pass, Liedman Lawn

Monday, March 28, 2011- Wear Greek Apparel

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 12:10 PM to 12:50 PM – Monmouth College Chapel Service, Dahl Chapel
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM – ‘90s Karaoke, Scotland Yard

Tuesday, March 29, 2011- Wear Greek Apparel

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM– Figure it Out/Slime Time, Dunlap Terrace
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM – Show Rehearsal Periods, Dahl Chapel
  • 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM – Car Bash Philanthropy and Sno-Cones, Lower Dunlap Terrace

Wednesday, March 30, 2011- Wear Greek Colors

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Greek Week Blood Drive, Huff Concourse
  • 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM – Trivia, Highlander
  • 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM – Show Dress Rehearsal, Dahl Chapel
    (required dress rehearsal with full costumes and A/V, absence will result in disqualification.)

Thursday, March 31, 2011- Wear Greek Week Shirts

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Trash for Tips, Meet at Dunlap Terrace
  • 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM – Greek Week Show, Dahl Chapel
    (tech crew arrives at 6:00 PM, performers arrive at 6:30 PM, house opens at 6:45 PM)

Friday, April 1, 2011- Dress to the Pin/Badge

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM – Bop It Tournament, Tartan Room
  • 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM – Annual Greek Life Awards and Banquet, Main Dining Room

 

$1,650 raised for autism research in Xi Man competition

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Kyle Vancil ’12, representing Phi Delta Theta, was crowned Xi Man 2011, impressing judges and the audience alike with a chemistry-comedy talent, SCUBA sportswear, an impressive formalwear round, and raising over $500. “I felt like I was helping a great cause, while having a blast with the other contestants,” said Vancil.

Men like Vancil came from across the Monmouth College campus to support Autism Speaks in Alpha Xi Delta’s male pageant philanthropy, Xi Man, on Feb 25.

Alpha Xi  collected $1,650.13 to benefit the charity, which is Alpha Xi’s national philanthropy partner and all of the money raised from Xi Man went to the organization. 1,650.13oooo Autism Speaks works to increase awareness of autism and is an advocate for the needs of those suffering from autism and their families. Autism refers to several disorders which interfere with the mental development of children, causing lifelong disability.

Fundraising began two weeks before the event with a table outside of the cafeteria.  Some participants and their coaches visited residence halls to ask students for money. The Xi Man competitor who raised the most money won the full 50 points for their fundraising score, making up half of their overall score.

Participants in Xi Man competed in five categories: Group dance, talent, sportswear, formalwear, and a quiz about Alpha Xi. The men were also asked two questions during the formalwear round, one serious and one not-so-serious.

“It is so important to our chapter to not only raise money for Autism Speaks but to educate the campus about the severity of autism,” said Annie Soto ’12, Philanthropy Chair of Alpha Xi Delta. “Xi Man is a great way to accomplish both.”

Autism Speaks funds research to find preventions, causes, treatments for autism, and works to support the search for a cure for the disorder, which affects an estimated 1.5 million individuals in the United States.

Alpha Xi Delta not only raised money for Autism Speaks, but brought together men from all over campus. Represented in Xi Man 2011 were Zeta Beta Tau, Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Delta Theta, ASAP, Scotsmen, WMCR, SOUP, and Football.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of the pageant and I only hope everyone who attended and participated enjoyed it as much as I did,” said Soto. μ

Michelle Bruce ‘12

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Greek Life in the News

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Greeks Life appeared in the news several times in recent weeks.  Please be sure to check out these stories in the The Courier at Monmouth College:

Greek life builds confidence and success

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

“Greek life gave me the confidence in myself that I needed in order to push me to join other organizations on campus and get involved,” says former Alpha Xi Delta President Kristen Wyse ’11.

This contradicts movies like Animal House and television shows like Greek or Glory Daze, where fraternity and sorority members are often given the reputation of being the slackers among the student body at many colleges and universities.  The stereotype, however, is far from the truth. Those who are involved in Greek Life in college go on to become CEO’s, senators, volunteers, and even presidents of companies and countries. Greeks show a great deal of success both during and after their college career.

This success could be due to the networking involved in Greek communities. This is not unreasonable, as there are over 9 million active and graduated Greeks throughout the United States and Canada, according to Penn State University. However, networking is only one piece of the puzzle.

Through Greek organizations, members learn how to interact with others not only in their brotherhood and sisterhood but with their communities.  Greeks provide, also according to Penn State, the largest network of volunteers in America. Through this work, Greeks experience how to work with people and assist people who need genuinely need help. Volunteering helps build a strong character and contributes to strong leadership skills.

People who hold executive positions in a fraternity experience what it means to be a leader and to be able to work well with others. “It can be easy to want to take charge of things and try to run the show… but that doesn’t work in real life!” says Ryan Brandt ‘10, a Pi Beta Phi alumna, who believes Greek Life taught her how to work successfully in a group.

“In a sorority, you’re always working with other sisters, groups on campus, or the community,” says Brandt.  “The only way to do that successfully is to listen to everyone’s ideas and input, be willing to try new things, and encourage the people you’re working with every step of the way.”

The leadership skills that are learned as a member of Greek Life may promote success. According to Penn State, thirty percent of Fortune 500 executives are Greek and all but three Presidents of the United States since 1825 were members of Greek Life. These statistics suggest a connection between Greeks and strong leaders.

“[Greek Life] strengthened me as a leader and has given me a lot of tools that I have been able to use while being an RA and Career Assistant,” Wyse says.  “It was the first step I took in becoming interested in the career of Student Affairs.” Wyse aspires to enter the field, which focuses on student development at colleges and universities.

There are many aspects of Greek Life that help one become a stronger leader and a well-rounded person. Everything, from academics to philanthropy to the sense of family, helps Greek members develop their own self-identity. The skills and values that are learned after joining a fraternity or sorority help members become successful during and after their college career.

Greek life is not just another activity to add on a resume. Members of Greek life find it to be a learning experience that will prove to be useful throughout life. μ

Michelle Bruce ’12

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Alpha Xis move into first new fraternity home

Thursday, February 17th, 2011
The spacious first-floor study lounge features collaborative seating in the Woodbine-inspired turret.

The spacious first-floor study lounge features collaborative seating in the Woodbine-inspired turret. Photo courtesy Emily Danger, ΑΞΔ

“Words cannot describe how much of an honor and blessing this home is to us,” says Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity president Kim Dwyer.  This week, Alpha Xi started the move to their new house at 833 E. Broadway.   The move is highly anticipated after the house has been under construction for more than a year, including several months of delays due to the building process.  The $2 million dollar, nineteen person Victorian house was the first new construction for Greek Life at Monmouth College in decades.

This is the first time that the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Xi has had its own stand-alone house.  For years, the women have lived around campus in residence halls, and held their chapter meetings and rituals in Marshall Hall. During the fall semester, they lived at a wing of the 45-year old Fraternity Complex, sharing the living arrangements with Sigma Phi Epsilon and Zeta Beta Tau Fraternities.

“I will never forget the moment that all the other Alpha Xis got to see our new home,” Dwyer says.  “There was screaming and crying.  It just seems unreal.”

This is not the first, nor last, of the new housing for Greek chapters.  Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta Phi Fraternities both moved into converted residential houses last fall, and the college is looking at constructing new houses for all Greek organizations.

Move in for the Alpha Xis will be completed this Sunday, and full chapter meetings and rituals will be held at the new house.  Chapter ritual equipment, clothes, suitcases, and computers were all moved across campus with help from across the Greek community.  Zeta Beta Tau, Phi Delta Theta, and Kappa Kappa Gamma members all gave a helping hand for the move across campus.

The announcement of the new house came last at last year’s Greek Week awards banquet, and construction began in late summer.  While it was a wait, Alpha Xi is still appreciative of the opportunity.

Dwyer says, “We know that it is rare for a college to back Greek Life the way Monmouth College has, so we feel very lucky.”  μ

Alexander Woods ‘12, with reporting from Michelle Bruce ‘12

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EXCLUSIVE: Inside the new Alpha Xi Delta home

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Alpha Xi Delta members enjoy their first look at their new home. Photo courtesy Emily Danger, ΑΞΔ.

Alpha Xi Delta members enjoy their first look at their new home. Photo courtesy Emily Danger, ΑΞΔ.

With a The Mu exclusive, check out these first photos from the brand new Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity home at 833 E. Broadway.  We’ll have full coverage of the fraternity’s move to the new facility later this week. μ

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Greeks devote hearts to homecoming

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

With the falling of the leaves and autumn in full bloom, the annual rite of homecoming has visited Monmouth College.  There were a plethora of reasons to be excited for this tradition: the football game, the parade around town, and a celebration of Greek Life.   This is a special time for Greek Life because all the traditions which show Greek Life’s strength on campus were on display for the weekend.

The Spirit Shout on Friday evening featured organizations from all around campus battled to see who had the best dance moves and most Fighting Scots spirit.  Men’s and women’s fraternities were paired together fir this event. The women of Pi Beta Phi and the men of Zeta Beta Tau took first place for the Spirit Shout, followed by Kappa Kappa Gamma and Sigma Phi Epsilon.  Even the Theta Chi Fraternity alums made a strong showing at the parade, with a bold red banner displayed outside their old home, which is now the Intercultural House.

Following the Spirit Shout, the homecoming royal court was announced, and the court was loaded with Greeks.  SigEps Ben Morrow ’11 and Galvin Halpin ‘12 won Senior King and Junior Prince, respectively. Alpha Xi president Kristen Wyse ‘11, was crowned Senior Queen. Danielle Kita ’12, also of Alpha Xi, won Junior Princess.

The sunny Saturday morning started with the homecoming parade.  Chapter appeared with floats, shopping carts, and even in a kazoo band.  Pi Beta Phi won first place for their parade float, while Alpha Xi Delta and Kappa Kappa Gamma earned second and third place.

Greeks also lead the homecoming banner competition, with SigEp and Alpha Xi tied for first place. Pi Phi was judged to be the overall homecoming champion among all student organizations.

With the celebration of Greek Life, Kappa Kappa Gamma had an extra special homecoming week while they celebrated the 140th anniversary of KKG’s founding.  KKG was founded in 1870 at Monmouth College and is one of the original woman’s fraternities.  Kappa has spread 130 chapters all over North America.

New for 2010, homecoming featured open houses for all seven Greek chapters.  Alumni, current students, and everyone else interested in Greek Life were welcome to visit.  The houses were open to everyone on Saturday afternoon following the football game.  Alums shared stories of their college experiences while members showed off their chapters’ recent accomplishments.

Homecoming is a time that mixes the traditions of old with the excellence of the present.  Theologian Tryon Edwards once said “every reunion is a type of heaven,” and so Greek alums and current Greek members alike were in full force, with hearts devoted to their Fighting Scot’s pride, and perhaps bringing a bit of heaven to Monmouth for the weekend.

Alex Woods ’12 and Michelle Bruce ‘12

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Fat Talk Free Week starts today

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Today kicks off Fat Talk Free Week, a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of “fat talk” among women and its effect on body image.

“Fat Talk” is commonly used every day and includes statements that support the idea that thin is beautiful idea and lead women to feel insecure with their bodies.  Low self-esteem, which can be caused by fat talk, is a major problem among women in the U.S. with 10 million women suffering from eating disorders.

The campaign beginning this week stems from Reflections: Body Image Program, started by the women of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity for women in 1988. The program helped women of Tri Delta maintain a positive body image.  Other campuses around the country are also participating in Fat Talk Free Week.

“I think it’s important to end fat talk,” says Samantha Sprouse, a Delta Delta Delta at Illinois State University and former body image leader for the program.  “So many women are affected by what others think of them and it often leads to extreme measures of unhealthy dieting!”

Illinois State University will be hosting an events throughout the week to end fat talk, from “Trash your Fat Talk” to writing “you are beautiful” on their bathroom mirrors in their house.

“Girls need to be confident about their bodies,” says Sprouse, who also says the program will help them achieve that confidence.

Sprouse and other affiliated with the movement say the media portrayal of what body type is ideal has hurt many women across the world, from Monmouth to China. Models appearing in magazines and on television do not resemble the majority of women in this world. Women come in all different shapes and sizes, different backgrounds and genetics. Just as women come in different varieties, so does beauty. The Fat Talk Free Week activities hope to teach that there is no one ideal of beauty.

National Love Your Body Day also takes place during Fat Talk Free Week. Here at Monmouth College, Crimson Masque will be performing The Vagina Monologues, opening Tuesday.

Jennifer Erbes, director of The Vagina Monologues and member of Alpha Xi Delta, says the play is “opening the day after Love Your Body Day, which I think is fabulous—simply for the fact that it is a part of the whole movement about becoming comfortable with ourselves.”

While National Love Your Body Day and Fat Talk Free Week only come around once a year, organizers hope that participants will remember the campaigns all year. They say that maintaining a strong positive body image can make you feel better about yourself and can improve your life. Tri Delta’s Body Image Program provides women with things they can use throughout the year to promote a positive body image:

1. Choose one friend or family member and discuss one thing you like about yourselves.

2. Keep a journal of all the good things your body allows you to do (e.g., sleep well and wake up rested, play tennis, etc.).

3. Pick one friend to make a pact with to avoid negative body talk. When you catch your friend talking negatively about their body, remind them of the pact.

4. Make a pledge to end complaints about your body, such as “I’m so flat-chested” or “I hate my legs.” When you catch yourself doing this, make a correction by saying something positive about that body part, such as, “I’m so glad my legs got me through soccer practice today”.

5. The next time someone gives you a compliment, rather than objecting (“No, I’m so fat”), practice taking a deep breath and saying “thank you.” μ

Michelle Bruce ‘12