Going...Going...Gone Greek!

10.02.2009"I went to my first Phi Beta Chi event of the year on Wednesday! Phi Beta Chi is my fraternity, by the way. And, yes, I do mean fraternity. And, yes, I am a female. This is possible, contrary to popular belief. You might have a confused look on your face now, but don't worry, I'll explain.

Phi Beta Chi is the professional Communication fraternity, and it's co-ed. I assume they call it a fraternity since most things in our culture that involve both men and women tend to take the masculine name, but that's not the point. The point is, however, that this is a fantastic organization.

When I first started college I thought that there was no way that I would go Greek, none, nope, not going to happen. But, after hearing about Phi Beta Chi during my Intro to the University class first semester of freshman year, I decided that this one might be beneficial and fun. Phi Beta Chi is made up of men and women Communication majors and minors who are looking for an edge against the competition in the job market and also who want to meet some great people and have fun at the same time. As members, we listen to speakers in our respective fields, get advice on how to interview and make a resume that stands out, get involved with service and philanthropies, and bond with others who have similar interests.

Greek life on UD's campus isn't the majority like on some other campuses. If you're involved in Greek life, awesome! If not, that's completely fine too! Speaking as a person who never expected to go Greek and ended up doing so, it was one of the best decisions I've made since coming to UD. Not only do I have the opportunity to network with potential employers in my fields of interest (sound engineering, television production, etc., as of this week, at least), but I've made some really great friends in the process. Phi Beta Chi is also a great resource for internships and recommendations.

If you're not familiar with the Greek system, ""rush"" is the time when new people who are interested in joining come to different events to meet the brothers (current members) and learn more about the fraternity to see if they would like to pledge. Pledging is the next step. After the rush events, current brothers vote to decide which rushes they think would be a good fit for the fraternity and they invite them to ""pledge."" During this phase, pledges learn about specifics about the fraternity, like the symbols, how it got started, what the fraternity stands for, and they bond with other pledges. At the end of the pledge period, the executive board of the fraternity decides which pledges they think would be a good addition to the fraternity and invite them to be initiated as a brother. Sometimes the media give Greek life a bad name, but at UD it's very safe and respectful, so no worries there.

Now that you know kind of how it works, I can tell you about Wednesday night, which was the rush costume party, the third and final rush event. Rushes dressed up in costumes in groups of two or three and the brothers decided who had the best, most creative costume and we all mingled and ate pizza. A few of my favorites were bacon & eggs and a pair of fuzzy dice. When I rushed, Jessie and I were Betty Rumble and Wilma Flintstone! Haha...can you guess which one I was?

Anyway, this coming Sunday we get to interview all of the rushes to get to know them a little better. I'm excited because I had so much fun rushing and pledging last semester and I can't wait until we have new brothers!