9 Famous Kappa Kappa Gamma Sisters

9 Famous Kappa Kappa Gamma Sisters

I, like many of my other fellow Kappas, am so proud to call these women sisters, role models, and an inspiration.
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On October 13, 1870, at Monmouth College, the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma was founded by six women. Since that date, 134 collegiate chapters and 300 alumnae associations have been created.

As a women’s fraternity, they have established a long history of tradition, inspiration, and the ability to uplift women to the best of their abilities. Of the thousands of women who have become initiated members, there are a select few who have gone on to become faces in the media and have spoken of their former days as members of the sorority.

We luckily get to call them our sisters. Here are a few noteworthy members.

1. Ashley Judd

Chapter and School: Beta Chi, University of Kentucky

Ashley Judd is the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of the famous Wynonna Judd. Though she has a rich celebrity background, Ashley was able to make a name for herself throughout the '90s, posing as America’s Sweetheart throughout roles such as “Kiss the Girls," “High Crimes,” “Where the Heart Is,” and “A Time to Kill.”

Recently, Judd has been on the scene in the #MeToo movement, publicly giving her testimony against powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. We are proud to have a woman such as her who has a voice and opinion that can be heard and to see her do remarkable things with her abilities.

2. Lo Bosworth

Chapter and School: Gamma Xi, the University of California at Los Angeles

If you grew up watching MTV in the early 2000s, you remember the jealousy and the desire to be on “Laguna Beach.” You wanted to be part of the drama, with the nice cars, the shopping sprees, the fun parties — all at only 17. Lo Bosworth was one of the main stars of what was then one of the original sources of reality TV. After her stint at “Laguna Beach,” Bosworth then went on to join Lauren Conrad on “The Hills” where she worked on the TV series as well as attending UCLA as an Art History major.

3. Kate Jackson

Chapter and School: Delta Rho, University of Mississippi

If you were an adolescent teen boy, chances are you had a very famous poster of Farrah Fawcett in a red one-piece swimsuit. You had it because the only reason you watched “Charlie’s Angels” was to see Farrah. But what you forgot about, was Kate Jackson was a part of the beautiful trio that everyone wanted to be in.

Kate Jackson was the sidekick to Farrah Fawcett who made a name for herself starring in the fictional series of solving crimes and kicking ass all while wearing lipstick and heels. No one knows if she ever did meet Charlie in person, but we do know that we get to be in the same sisterhood as this crime-fighting babe.

4. Kate Spade

Chapter and School: Omega, University of Kansas

Possibly one of our most notorious claim to fame is none other than the brilliant designer Kate Spade. Yes, we’re all bitter that we don’t get an honorary discount, but we’re so proud to share the same sisterhood as this business tycoon. Whenever we walk through the department stores and see her displays, we can’t help but smile and tell Tori Birch to eat her heart out.

5. Mariska Hargitay

Chapter and School: Gamma Xi, the University of California at Los Angeles

Years before Lo Bosworth sported the fleur de leis, Mariska Hargitay was making a name for herself as a college student, shying away from her mother’s shadow. As the daughter of Jane Mansfield, she dealt with tragedy when she was in the backseat during a car accident that killed her mother.

Throughout the rest of her life, she aspired to be as well-known as an actress as her mother once was, which she accomplished through her 20 seasons as detective Olivia Benson. Her beloved character is another bad ass detective who always defeats the bad guys. Sounds like another famous Kappa….

6. Gena Rowlands

Chapter and School: Eta, University of Wisconsin

Although my generation knows Gena Rowland as the elderly version of Allie from “The Notebook,” Gena Rowland has a long list of films and awards that have resulted from her work. Her work in the 1980 film “Gloria” put her name on the map, and since then she has been starring in various roles making her name that much more notable.

7. Meghan Markle

Chapter and School: Upsilon, Northwestern University

Our newest and arguably, our most famous, sister, is the Princess-to-be Meghan. We first heard her name through her acting role in the series “Suits,” but she became an even bigger face in the media when tabloids caught her getting cozy with Prince Harry.

On November 27, British women everywhere were both ecstatic and excited that the youngest Prince was officially taken. The couple is to wed on May 19, 2018, the last of the Royal Weddings for decades. The marriage between the two will be a historical marriage as it is the first time a direct heir to the throne will marry an American since 1937.

It will also be the first time a true commoner, and a mixed raced woman will be added to the family. Markle is proving that times are changing and it’s time the world starts keeping up.

For years to come, Kappa Kappa Gamma will have many bragging rights to the organization and sorority that housed this soon-to-be Princess. I’m sure she’ll give her sisters a sweet look when they tell her they’re marrying a doctor or a lawyer.

8. Sophia Bush

Chapter and School: Delta Tau, University of Southern California

Before we had Meghan Markle, we bragged about having Brooke Davis as our sister. The One Tree Hill star served as Philanthropy Chair in her chapter, which is no surprise as she is an activist for all sorts of different organizations and women’s rights.

She has openly supported the Obamas during their time in the White House and stood by them with every decision made. Lucas Scott once said that Brooke Davis would change the world, and she didn’t even know it yet. Well, the same goes for you, Sophia Bush.

9. Jamie Chung

Chapter and School: Epsilon Pi, University of California Riverside

Before Lo Bosworth was making a name through “Laguna Beach,” Jamie Chung was also starring on a reality series on MTV better known as “The Real World: San Diego.” As a second generation Korean-American, Chung has made a name through television series such as “Big Hero 6,” “Grown Ups,” and a reoccurring role on ABC’s hit “Once Upon a Time.”

Not only is Chung making a name for her Kappa sisters everywhere, but she’s also making a name for Asian-American women as well. Her blog empowers the basics of this day and age, such as fashion and beauty, but the uplifting power she has on other females is what makes her special.

Although this is only a fraction of the famous women to grace Kappa Kappa Gamma, these beautiful women are a testament to what a wonderful organization it is to be a part of.

I, like many of my other fellow Kappas, am so proud to call these women sisters, role models, and an inspiration.

Cover Image Credit: Cheyenne Wong

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If You Love These Taylor Swift Songs, You Have 'Track 5 Syndrome'

The fifth song on Taylor Swift's albums can't help but have a special place in your heart.

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Taylor Swift is well-known for her emotional songs that make us both swoon and cry. While there are plenty of them, the best ones are hiding in plain sight. Look no further than the fifth track on Taylor Swift's albums. Chances are, these are the ones you've connected with the most on an emotional level. If these track fives make you hit the repeat button when you're feeling down, then you probably have Track 5 Syndrome.

1. Cold As You

From Taylor Swift's debut, self-titled album comes this relatable tear-jerker about a girl who likes a guy who doesn't treat her right.

"Now that I'm sitting here thinking it through, I've never been anywhere cold as you."

My response to that line was always, "And I've been to Alaska, so that's saying something!"

If you've ever fallen for a jerk for some unexplainable reason, this song really hits hard. You don't want to like him, but for some reason, you can't help yourself. To him, you're a mess of a dreamer with the nerve to adore him.

Also, this song may have taught you a new word: condescending.

2. White Horse

This song is from Fearless and has a fairytale theme. If you've seen the music video, which is even more emotional than the song, you'd know that it's about her being cheated on. Even if you've never been cheated on, you can still relate to liking someone who has hurt you and made you second-guess love.

"Now it's too late for you and your white horse to come around."

This guy isn't good enough for a white horse. He probably had to paint it white to trick her. Either way, she doesn't buy it. In the end, he is begging for forgiveness, but she turns him down because she knows she deserves better.

Let that be a valuable lesson to you not to settle.

3. Dear John

This song from Speak Now uses the cliche beginning to a love letter to call out a guy named John (Mayer) who has hurt her. It is almost seven minutes long, but it is well worth the listen. Maybe that's why Taylor Swift made it track five; she knew about the theory and wanted this song to be special to her fans.

"Don't you think I was too young to be messed with? The girl in the dress cried the whole way home."

This guy is a player who played her. She ignored people's warnings to stay away from him, and she got hurt.

You've probably been there. You've probably thought that a guy would change just for you and treat you differently than everyone else. He probably didn't.

4. All Too Well

This song from Red is my all-time favorite Taylor Swift song. I love songs that tell a story, and this one tells one I can relate to. This song was originally ten minutes long until she cut it down to five and a half minutes. She basically threw up all her emotions and then formed them into a beautiful ballad.

"I'm a crumpled up piece of paper lying here 'cause I remember it all, all, all too well."

We all have things we would like to forget, but they're so engraved in our minds and our hearts that we remember them all too well. Sometimes someone hurts you and it impacts you more than you would like to admit.

But you can do what Taylor did and turn that pain into something beautiful.

5. 1989

Of course, 1989 has the fifth track, but it doesn't really fit into the mold. The song is All You Had to Do Was Stay, and it is far from a ballad. Does that mean that Taylor Swift stopped making the fifth track an emotional ballad after Red? No, it doesn't. She just took a break. 1989 was a completely different musical style than what we came to expect from Taylor Swift. That's not to say there weren't any songs that could have made a good track five. If it were up to me, I would have chosen You Are In Love.

"And you understand now why they lost their minds and fought the wars. And why I spent my whole life trying to put it into words."

6. Delicate

Taylor Swift returns after a long time with her sixth album and her fifth emotional track five. Delicate is about her liking a guy as more than a friend but being afraid that her reputation will keep them from being together. It's a delicate topic to admit that she likes him and to confess that she's worried he won't like her.

"Is it cool that I said all that? Is it chill that you're in my head? 'Cause I know that it's delicate."

In the Behind The Lyrics for this song on Spotify, Taylor says,

"When the album starts off...it's more like 'Oh, I don't care about what you say about me.' But then it hits this point on track five where it's like...'Oh, maybe this does actually matter a little bit.'"

She used a vocoder in this song, which she says makes it sound "really emotional and really vulnerable, and really kind of like sad but beautiful." That's exactly what a track five should be like!

Also, in the music video for this song, she makes a reference to Track Five Syndrome. When she's dancing in the subway, there's a column behind her with the words "Track Five" written on it.

Diagnosis

You should know by now whether you suffer from Track Five Syndrome. I suppose I shouldn't use the word 'suffer' because it's actually a pleasant feeling in a cathartic way. Taylor Swift has given us these emotionally vulnerable ballads to help us understand that our feelings, good or bad, are something we need to embrace. That being said, you should go make a Track Five playlist for the next time you need to let your emotions run wild.

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist

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Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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