Vanderbilt Football Team Makes Spot On Sorority Rush Video
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Vanderbilt Football Team Makes Spot On Sorority Rush Video

Rush VF!!!

The Vanderbilt football team may absolutely suck at what they're supposed to be doing, you know, playing football, but damn, they know how to make a sorority rush video. So, without further ado, let them convince you why you should join the VF sorority.

You can't tell me you wouldn't want to join VF. I would join that sorority in a heartbeat.

My favorite part is when the human pyramid tumbles down. That is quintessential sorority rush video. Also, they nailed the music. And the slow motion. They really got every part of this thing spot on. Pretty impressive to be honest. Here is Alabama's Alpha Phi rush video for comparison.

I mean, c'mon. How good does the Vanderbilt video look now? It's practically the same thing with a bunch of football players.

This has made me realize how much bullshit sorority rush videos are. No way they do anything like this in the sorority house. I imagine it more as the pillow fight scene in Animal House when John Belushi has a ladder up against the window. But maybe that's wrong too. It may just be a bunch of girls gossiping, eating, or bitching to one another how Mike stillllll hasn't called.

I hope this dispels some stereotypes about football players. These guys have a lot of balls to make this video and post it for the world to see. Football players aren't just big sweat jocks after all. At least not at Vanderbilt. But maybe that's why they can't make a bowl game.

And just for laughs, here is a 2009 rush video for FIJI at UVA, which closely resembles a sorority rush video, if you ask me.

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This is What Sorority Recruitment is Actually Like

"Hey, welcome to (insert sorority name here)!"

Sorority recruitment is tough. I've gone through both sides, as a PNM and as a member, so I'm very familiar with the process. So trust me when I say, I get it. It can be very stressful for a PNM going through rush. But, here's a behind the scenes look at how some houses rush girls.

Girls in sororities are nervous or stressed too.
I know this is hard to believe, but trust me they're nervous as well. When you're going through recruitment, you want the girls in houses to like you. In other words, you don't want to be rejected. Well, nothing changes once you're in a sorority.

Every time you bring a PNM through the door, it is your job to make them feel welcomed and special. But, you don't want the PNM to just like you, you want her to love your house as well. Get used to chants like, "don't you want to be a (insert sorority name here) too?"

Recruitment is not easier from the other side.
As a PNM, the first rounds are stressful because you have to go to every house, so you'll have 12 rounds or so split between two days.

On the other side, you'll have 12 rounds in one day. Then after you rush girls, you have to stay to vote. Voting is never easy.

Sororities don't have final say, you do.
While it's true that sororities do choose who they would like to invite back, that doesn't mean every girl on their list will come back the next round. I once rushed a girl I was convinced was going to be my litte.

Then, when it was finally pref round (the final round of recruitment) she never walked through the doors. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

Chapters spend time discussing each individual PNM.
Most chapters have a specific way they conduct formal recruitment. And 100 percent of the time, how members rush girls and vote is ritual, meaning they cannot talk about it outside of the house.

But, chapters spend hours after recruitment during the voting process, and if we didn't talk about most of the girls individually, then it wouldn't take that long.

PNMs are talked about freely during the recruitment process.
While it's true that some houses are allowed to outright say, "she's a bitch" or "she's a hoe," most houses don't allow that. It's not appropriate and it's not fair. In fact, most houses that I know about are only allowed to use approved words to describe a girl in order to protect PNMs character and reputation.

It's never okay to absolutely bash a girl without her even being there to defend herself.

Some chapters do advise their members to lie to you.
For example, if you said that you were interested in joining club soccer, the member rushing you would say, "you definitely should I play club tennis and love it" even if they did not play a club sport. They do this so every PNM feels a connection to the house. Not all houses do this though. Mine never did.

Members outfits, makeup and hair must be approved prior to recruitment.
Once again every house does recruitment differently. However, most of them require their members to have their dresses, hair and makeup approved prior to the start of recruitment. This is done so each member looks appropriate.

Honestly, it's also done so members look their best. If Katherine's eyeliner always looks like a raccoon's eye, chances are she'll be told to avoid using eyeliner for recruitment.

Well, there you have it. Those are a few behind-the-scenes truth bombs about sorority recruitment. All-in-all recruitment isn't that bad, in my experience it was worth it!

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50 Thoughts You Have When Rushing a Sorority

"So, what's your major?"

If you haven't rushed a sorority or aren't in college yet, here are some thoughts that I had when going through the rush process. Especially going to a huge school, rush was definitely not the most enjoyable experience. Let's just say there was a lot of girl flirting going on...

1. Okay, day one. Let's do this.
2. Wait wait wait... I have to talk to girls in 18 different sororities just today?
3. Fuck.
4. This Panhellenic t-shirt is actually the ugliest shirt I've ever seen.
5. Whatever here we go. Open houses.
6. Holy shit every sorority suite is so fucking hot.
7. I'm sweating. I'm DRIPPING.
8. This ugly ass t-shirt is itchy af.
9. I hate this.
10. At least we only need to talk for five mins.
11. How many more sororities oh my god...
12. OK! Day one downnn.
13. Day round dos... dress cute... jean shorts and a cute top.
14. OK... so longer convo's today.
15. 10 minutes isn't so bad.
16. UM JK yes it is. It's really bad...
17. Wow, your philanthropy sounds really interesting.
18. But I'm sweating and can't focus I am so sorry.
19. Ohh this sorority is pretty.
20. Must. Girl. Flirt.
21. F*ck I'm trying too hard.
22. Sound chill. Be chill.
23. OK open houses were 18 sororities. Round two is 16 sororities.
24. There is no difference.
25. This is terrible, I just want to sleep.
26. "HIII! I'M MEGAN!! I AM A COMMUNICATIONS MAJOR!"
27. I'm going crazy. Last one of the day.
28. Omg sleep. I can finally sleep.
29. Alrightyyy round three! Cute sun dresses!
30. Lol I would actually never wear this dress.
31. At least I won't be sweaty today! Only 10 sororities!
32. Nope. Definitely sweating.
33. Sororities are talking about sisterhood today...
34. This sounds so fake.
35. I'm dropping out.
36. No I'm not, but I want to. I want to so bad.
37. Alright I like most of these sororities just be yourself.
38. OK tomorrow is the last day.
39. YOU CAN DO IT!
40. It's pref night holy shit.
41. Heels and fancy dress.
42. Gotta look hot and cute and nice and cool and chill.
43. Only two sororities today. I love them both. What do I do...
44. I have a girl crush on this girl. Straight up girl crush.
45. Which one do I want!
46. What if the sorority I want drops me... fuck.
47. Okay, nervous sweating. Be cool. Be relaxed.
48. Rush. Is. Over.
49. OMG I DID IT!
50. I better get into my top choice.

While rush was definitely not my thing, and my thoughts may give it a bad reputation, it was DEFINITELY worth it in the end.

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How My Sorority Rush Experience Changed Me for the Better

I didn't get a bid to a "top tier house".

When I was a senior in high school, all I wanted to do was graduate and rush a sorority. I was fixated on the South, in particular SEC football games and Greek life. I wanted nothing more than to be a southern sorority girl.

So, when I graduated and geared up for my move to the South, I prepared myself extensively. I watched YouTube videos on sorority recruitment tips, looked on Greekrank to see which houses were cool and which ones were weird and prepared my letters of recommendation.

I thought I was set, I even had a few houses in mind that were "perfect" for me. LOL, boy was I wrong.

When rush started, a wave of emotions hit me. I was nervous, overwhelmed and excited all at the same time. On the first day, we were introduced to our Pi Chis and the other girls in our recruitment groups. For those of you who did not go through recruitment, a Pi Chi is someone who guides you through the process. They help you pick out your outfit, show you where your classes will be and, most importantly, listen to you and support you during the stressful, emotional process.

I didn't know it then, but my Pi Chi's ended up being my rock. When I ran to my group, I was taken back by how beautiful and welcoming they both were. I started to think about which house they were in, as a PNM (potential new member) you are not allowed to know your Pi Chi's, or any of the Pi Chi's, affiliations.

As the first few round of recruitment went by, I got asked back to some of the houses I thought were perfect for me, and didn't get asked back to others. I was OK with that, because although I wanted to be in those sororities, I didn't have my heart set on one in particular. However, as the number of rounds dwindled and I finally got my list back, I was shocked to see only two houses left. And, they were the "worst" ones.

I started to cry. I ran to my Pi Chi's and talked to them. They were surprised too. They asked me if I missed a party, I said no. They stayed with me and talked to me. In the end though, I decided to drop out of recruitment because I didn't have a connection to any of the houses I had left.

It wasn't because of their reputation, in fact, I ended up falling in love with one of the "middle-tier" houses. I knew I loved that house during the philanthropy round. All of the girls wore white dresses and cowgirl boots. The theme was red, white and blue. When I left that house after that round, I was sold.

Making the decision to drop was not easy for me, in fact, it was devastating. I didn't know what I would do at school. I didn't know if I'd make friends or even have a social life. So, as I sat in my dorm, by myself on bid day, I cried. I cried for hours. I waited for my roommate to get home. I hoped that she got the house she wanted.

When she finally got home, she was so excited. I knew as soon as she walked in that she got a bid to her favorite house. I was so unbelievably excited for her. We both laughed and jumped around like stereotypical srat girls, we planned to celebrate the next night. She didn't know it then, but that moment meant a lot to me. Even though I dropped I knew I still had at least one friend.

That night, I actually went to one of my Pi Chi's house and hung out with her friends. I finally found out which house she was in, Kappa Kappa Gamma. As you may have guessed it, that was the red, white and blue house.

A week went by. Then, I got a call from my Pi Chi, she was nervous on the phone, I could hear her voice trembling through every word. I was driving back to campus from lunch with my friends, and could barely hear her, so I told everyone to quiet down. Finally, after beating around the bush, she asked me, "Do you want to be my sister, for real?" "Would you accept a bid to Kappa?"

I'll never forget that moment. I said yes, of course. Annie started to cry a little bit, so did I. I was shaking, I hung up the phone. Everyone asked what had just happened and I told them. My friend turned around and said, "How fucking cool is that, that's awesome." I just sat there and said, "I can't believe it."

I learned a lot through my rush experience. I learned not to judge a house by a few girls in it. I learned how important friends are and how important keeping an open mind is. More so, I learned how to adapt. I was so set on being in a sorority, that, when it all crumbled away - I was lost. I didn't know what the fuck to do. I realized that I didn't need a sorority to define me, I was enough.

As for my Annie, my Pi Chi, she ended up being my big. She graduated later that year. I still talk to her everyday. She ended up being my best friend, my role model, and my mentor.

As for my sorority, I'm so glad I joined. I became a better version of myself there.

It just goes to show, you never know where the wind will take you.

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The Inside Scoop from the President of a Sorority

"Greek life is filled with amazing and passionate people."

I spoke with some people from "the inside" about what it's like to run or manage their fraternity or sorority. Here are their honest, unfiltered answers.

Jenna* is the president of her sorority at the University of South Carolina. She is a rising senior who rushed her freshman year. FlockU sat down with Jenna to find out what being president of a sorority is really like.

FlockU: As president, what are your main responsibilities?

Jenna: I am in charge of the overall operations of the chapter and ensuring there is proper communication between my school and chapter, as well as our Nationals. I work with the other council positions to assist them in achieving their goals. I run council meetings, chapter meetings and assist with standards meetings.

FlockU: As an individual, do you agree with the idea/role of standards? If not, what don't you agree with?

Jenna: I had trouble understanding the role of standards until I had been in the chapter for a couple of semesters. Standards is meant to be a support system for the members of the chapter. It works to help you get back on track when you make decisions that could affect your future and your chapter's standing. It's an opportunity for you to talk to someone when you need a friend and don't know who to go to.

Every sorority is based on values, and their members are tied together by these shared values and bonds, so standards is a way to hold one another accountable and help sisters when they need extra support.

FlockU: What are instances that a member would be asked to leave a chapter?

(Jenna chose not to answer this question.)

FlockU: Have you noticed that members of your sorority treat you differently now that you are the president?

(Jenna chose not to answer this question.)

FlockU: Do you have a close role with nationals? If so, have they helped you professionally or academically?

Jenna: Nationals has absolutely helped me both professionally and academically. They have provided resources for me to succeed as president, and are so willing to help and provide ideas whenever our council has a question. I work very closely with nationals and they have been an endless resource for me that I'm not quite sure where I'd be without them and their support.

I have been lucky enough to attend my sorority's national convention where I got to get closer with our National Council and learn a lot about their side of the sorority. They truly want each chapter to succeed and protect our national name, and are always open to new ideas from every member of every chapter about how they can improve in supporting all of the chapters.

FlockU: How closely does nationals regulate events?

Jenna: Nationals is very involved in helping to ensure that events are safe and conducted appropriately. We go to our regional alumna supervisors to help us ensure any venue has the proper insurance, security and all other paperwork.

They ensure we have a safe and reliable means of transportation for our members and that the event will be safe for all those attending. They provide us with a lot of resources for getting all of this paperwork together and to help us keep everyone safe while having fun.

FlockU: What is one thing you like about Greek life?

Jenna: Greek life is filled with amazing and passionate people. I think the best thing about Greek life is its power to do good when the organizations stand together. Greek life is huge, not just in active members but alumni as well, and when we stand together we truly can create a massive impact and do great things.

FlockU: Where do you see Greek life in five years?

Jenna: I see Greek life as a bigger and stronger version of its current self. Our organizations are all based on similar values, and we all have a strong desire to get closer to these values and ensure the public knows what we stand for. I think that the media generally only captures the bad things that can happen with chapters in GL, but this only makes members desire more and more to show the world what GL is really about.

I have seen such a strong push to focus back on our true values in the Panhellenic community, and I'm sure the other umbrella groups within GL are having similar changes.

FlockU: Here's a scenario to consider: During recruitment this year, someone who is gay/lesbian/transgender rushes. What kind of experience would they have? Would they participate in fraternity or sorority rush?

Jenna: Greek life does not view sexuality or sexual orientation as a consideration in selecting our new members ever. Our organizations are open to everyone and we are only looking for members that align with our individual organization's values and ideals. Characteristics we look for in members are things like wanting to be actively involved on campus and or being philanthropic. They would not have a different rush experience than any other person.

*The name has been changed.

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The Cold Hard Truth About Life Without a Sorority

"What house are you in?"

For some students entering college, Greek life is a major determining factor when it comes to what school they choose. If the university doesn't have good houses or good Greek life, they probably won't choose that school. And for some, getting into the best of the best is all that matters.

I had friends at my university that, after rushing, transferred schools because they didn't get the house they wanted. Rush was intense, outfit choices took three hours, and the stress was high for about two weeks. And I didn't understand any of it.

Before coming to college, I actually didn't even know the details about Greek life. I knew there were frats and sororities, but that's about it. I didn't know what a Rho Gamma was, what the rush process meant, how to rank your choices, the rules, the secrets, the pairings, and so on. I felt like everyone else was preoccupied in this world of made up standards and things that were supposed to matter, and I was just watching them stress over not being accepted into a certain friend group.

I know there are a lot of other girls who also say they were never interested in Greek life, and sometimes they only say that because rush didn't go well for them. When someone asks me if I'm in a house, I always say that it wasn't really my thing. And they hesitate to believe me and begin to act sorry because I was supposedly rejected from that sought-after lifestyle. But I'm not kidding. It. Never. Crossed. My. Mind. Being in a sorority looks like so much work. I'm sorry, but I don't want to socialize with a hundred other girls 24/7. That would get real old, real quick. I can hardly stand being fake-girly to girls at a party.

I also just don't want to be seen as a collective whole. Other girls see someone's letters and think "Oh yeah, she's definitely a Zeta. I understand why they picked her." And I'm like "Huh?!" How and where did these standards come from? And why? They can literally pick out the sorority the girl is a member of by how she acts, dresses and portrays herself. That's not how I want to be identified.

I will say that Greek life as a whole certainly has the upper hand in terms of party planning and networking. They've got the house and the people that want to show up. But I don't want things to come as easily as that. I don't want to be popular because I live in a house full of the same girls that drink with different frats every weekend. I want someone to know me because of my unique individuality, something they've never seen before. It's raw and it's daring, and I'm glad it's who I am in the college world.