How Fraternities At Oregon State Are Making A Difference This Year

How Fraternities At Oregon State Are Making A Difference This Year

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With 19 fraternities in the Interfraternity Council at Oregon State University ranging from 25-150 members in each chapter, it is easy to recognize all of the good deeds constantly being done around campus from these chapters. However, there are a lot of good deeds that go unnoticed. Here are some of the things that fraternities are doing to help out the local and national community this year. 


Acacia

So far this year, the biggest thing that Acacia has done with the community was participating in the MLK Jr. Day of Service. A ton of men in the chapter got to participate and volunteer on a service project with the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department. They plan to do more service with them this term and next term. Also, this chapter is planning a service philanthropy called 7 Days of Service, which is one of Acacia's national philanthropies. For 7 days they are going to participate in service projects (one for every day of the week) around the Corvallis community. This philanthropy isn't fully planned yet, but they are hoping to include more Greeks on campus and encourage them to participate. You can help Acacia better the Corvallis community as well when their philanthropy comes around!


Alpha Gamma Rho

This chapter organizes an annual philanthropy through the college where many Greek and non-Greek students can participate in several rodeo related events. "Alpha Gamma Rhodeo" supports the Oregon FFA Foundation, which supports youth in agriculture and expands their knowledge for a better future in agriculture. This chapter raises a large donation annually for this program to show their support of agriculture. This philanthropy is a ton of fun and is supporting a great cause.


Alpha Sigma Phi

Every Spring term, Alpha Sigma Phi hosts an awareness philanthropy called Open Hearts for Heartland where they encourage the Greek community to spend time at the Heartland Humane Society in Corvallis. Last year, in just a week's time, the participating sororities had logged in around 150 hours of time spent with the animals. The men of this chapter then donate $1,000 to go towards the winning sorority's philanthropic partner. During this philanthropy, they were also able to raise some money for Heartland. Be a part of a great cause this spring when you hear about Alpha Sig's philanthropy!


Alpha Tau Omega

Cuts for the Cure is the philanthropy that this chapter is currently focusing on. These men auction off individuals from their chapter to the highest bidder. The winning bid gets to cut the individual's hair however they like and they have to keep the haircut for a week. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society to fund research for a cure. Alpha Tau Omega is also planning on becoming more involved with the community rather than just with groups on campus. They plan on volunteering with Jefferson Elementary School here in Corvallis at their carnival at the end of this month.


Chi Phi

Last spring term, Chi Phi held a volleyball tournament for their philanthropy, the Boys and Girls Club. On top of that, every term this chapter does volunteer work for many Corvallis parks, including the one closest to their house, Chintimini Park.


Delta Chi

Delta Chi has been working with the community and doing various events in order to give back. Last year, their philanthropy event, I Spy Delta Chi, raised $3,500 for the Jimmy V Foundation, which benefits cancer research. This year, they are going to try and beat that number in order to help others beat cancer. Each term these men contribute over 100 hours of community service, a number that they continue to increase every term. Events that they participate in range from working with Heartland Humane Society, to cleaning parks with the City of Corvallis, and even volunteering and donating blood with the American Red Cross. The men of Delta Chi also tutor children at the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis.


Delta Upsilon

This week, Delta Upsilon is having their philanthropy called the Global Service Initiative (GSI). This philanthropy raises money to send their members to poverty ridden areas of Jamaica to help refurbish and build school buildings! Their goal for this year is to raise $10,000. With this money, they would be able to send three members and provide thousands of dollars in building supplies, clothing and gifts for the kids and their families. Help GSI by participating in their philanthropy this week!


Kappa Delta Rho

This year, Kappa Delta Rho has done a lot to impact the local community. A few of these things include coaching a 7th grade basketball team, chaperoning some local middle school dances, and they also got major companies to donate to all different houses philanthropies! These men are doing a great job to benefit and help the city of Corvallis!


Lambda Chi Alpha

Lambda Chi Alpha makes it a priority to help those in need, as one of their core values is Service and Stewardship. Over the past couple of years, this chapter's annual Watermelon Bash Philanthropy has raised over $35,000 and 2,000 pounds of food for Community Outreach, a great shelter that helps a lot of people in the Mid-Willamette Valley. This year, they are looking for even more opportunities to serve the public and local community.


Phi Delta Theta

All year round Phi Delta Theta supports "Be The Match" by holding registration drives so that the local community can come register to help save the life of a person in need of a bone marrow transplant. Three members of this chapter have already been matched and have either already donated bone marrow or plan to donate soon. This chapter also holds "Puppy Drives" every term during dead week as a break from studying, and all of the proceeds are donated to Be The Match. Stay tuned for a Puppy Drive this coming March and register at the next registration! You could help save a life.


Phi Gamma Delta - FIJI

This year, FIJI raised $5,000 for a cancer program through their "Fiji Diamond Cup" philanthropy. These men also raised a couple thousand dollars for the Jackson Street Youth Center in Corvallis with their annual haunted house. They also do various volunteer events on the weekends as a house. They work for Habitat for Humanity frequently and help them build homes. FIJI is doing a lot of great work that can be seen throughout the local community.


Phi Kappa Psi

This chapter is currently about to put on their annual philanthropy, "Fraternal Feud," which includes a lot of participation from other chapters in a trivia night. This philanthropy benefits the OSU Food Bank. On top of that, the winning team gets a portion of the main raised donated towards their own philanthropy of choice. The men of Phi Psi have also been volunteering a lot at the Boys and Girls Club by holding a basketball tournament for them. They've been cleaning up parks around town, as well. Phi Kappa Psi's philanthropy is this term week 9! Get a good study break and help out a great cause!


Pi Kappa Phi

This chapter has a strong relationship with the Arc of Benton County, which is a non-profit organization that helps out people with disabilities. Over the course of the last year, they have acted in plays alongside people with disabilities for the public, helped The Arc move offices, and built the entire stage setup for The Arc Drama Squad. They enabled people with their skills to accomplish their dreams with the real deal: stage lights, sound boards, and complete sets. Aside from that, they are involved with their national philanthropy, The Ability Experience. They built a wheelchair ramp in 24 hours for a local family, and made modifications for the Kiwanis Camp at Mount Hood which is a camp for children with disabilities. These men received an award from their nationals, recognizing them for having the most outstanding volunteer relationship. Their incredibly hard work is being noticed locally and nationally! It's great to see such hard work coming from a chapter right here at Oregon State.


Sigma Alpha Epsilon

SAE's philanthropy is coming up in just a few weeks, and all of the proceeds go towards the Zakes Foundation, a non profit organization that funds newborn screening programs for rare childhood diseases. This chapter's 2014 Relay for Life was a gold sponsor, raising over $8,000! As far as community service, every term these men participate in "Adopt A Highway," and every fall they volunteer at the Special Olympics in Corvallis. Some weeks they even do a neighborhood clean up for trash after football game days. Keep up to date with their philanthropy to help them support the Zakes Foundation!


Sigma Chi

This chapter hosted its annual philanthropy, Derby Days, this past fall and set a chapter record by raising over $20,000 for the Doernbecher Children's Hospital. These men also have a minimum requirement for all active members to participate in other Greek philanthropic events and amount of hours spent volunteering for the community. Sigma Chi has won many province awards and exceeded the average amount of volunteer hours this year.


Sigma Phi Epsilon

Last term Sigma Phi Epsilon was very busy. They helped out a lot with the Boys and Girls Club, worked very closely with Habitat for Humanity, coached teams for the Corvallis Parks and Recreation youth, and participated in the blood drive. They just wrapped up their annual philanthropy, Sweethearts, which raises money for Community Outreach benefiting the homeless. This year, they were able to raise $15,600 through this philanthropy! It was a very fun week of events and they did an excellent job of organizing their philanthropy!


Sigma Pi

This chapter is working on a philanthropy for the Amazing Day Foundation, which raises awareness for suicide prevention. Along with that, they are also planning on signing people up to be organ donors. Sigma Pi is also planning on pairing up with a sorority on campus, Kappa Alpha Theta, on Valentine's Day to decorate cookies and bring them to the tenants of the Corvallis Caring Place, an assisted living facility in the community.


Tau Kappa Epsilon

Recently, TKE had a majority of their chapter spend their day participating in a clean up of all of the alleys in downtown Corvallis. This clean up took place from around 6th Street all the way down to the Waterfront. The men of Tau Kappa Epsilon strive to participate in events that help to better their local community all year round.


Theta Chi

This chapter has an annual philanthropy, G.I. Theta Chi, that raises money for Wounded Warrior Project. Last year, they were able to have participating sororities write over 100 letters to soldiers overseas. This year, they plan to hold their philanthropy spring term and hope to get more people involved in order to raise more money and send even more letters. It is simple and fun to participate in this philanthropy. Help out when you hear about it!

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The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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I Became Aware To The Interconnectedness Between My Enneagram Type, Myers Briggs Type, And My Love Languages

Type 9. ENFJ. Quality Time. Coincidence? I think not.

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I do not believe in astrology, but I do have some heavy feelings about all of these tests and what they have to say about me. For the most part, I agree with everything they tell me about myself, and it freaks me out a little bit.

The first test that I took was the Myers Briggs. And yes, before you say anything, I know that the 4 letters do not tell me who I am. I know that they do not define me as an individual, but they do point out most of my character traits- for better and for worse. I am an ENFJ. And if you don't know what that means, the E stands for the extrovert. The N stands for "intuition" which means that I tend to focus on the future, with a view toward patterns and possibilities." Now, I've explained myself previously in stating that I only focus on the immediate future and not the distant one. So please note that. The F means that I make my decisions based on feelings. Anyone who knows me could have told you that one. Finally, J means that I tend to prefer the destination instead of the journey. Granted, I don't feel like I care about the destination nor the journey, and I'm just floating in the wind at this point. Is there a destination? What journey am I even on? I might be having an existential crisis, but at least I'm AWARE of it. That's the important part. Overall, in this category, I'm what you call the "Protagonist" and in short,

"Protagonists are genuine, caring people who talk the talk and walk the walk, and nothing makes them happier than leading the charge, uniting and motivating their team with infectious enthusiasm."

So, yeah.

Next, I took the Enneagram test. I didn't know what the heck it was until freshman year of college. There are many strong opinions about this test, but I think the important part is not to over-analyze what it's telling you and putting on the personality traits that they assign to you. The results are a reflection of the best version of yourself, but no test can really read your mind. With that being said, I am a type 9. This is called the Peacemaker. Peacemakers are

"...accepting, trusting, and stable. They are usually creative, optimistic, and supportive, but can also be too willing to go along with others to keep the peace. They want everything to go smoothly and be without conflict, but they can also tend to be complacent, simplifying problems and minimizing anything upsetting. They typically have problems with inertia and stubbornness. At their Best: indomitable and all-embracing, they are able to bring people together and heal conflicts."

I've seen this play out in my own life countless times. How many times have I avoided conflict? Many. How many times has that led to passive aggressiveness? 9 out of 10. However, as someone who has always been the "mom friend" I can attest that I have always enjoyed helping others heal conflicts. I don't enjoy conflict. Also, if you read more about the peacemaker, I really try to find my own inner peace. If that's off balance, then I'm off balance. When I was battling lots of anxiety, I tended to fall into the worst version of myself, and my inner peace was constantly at war. Our basic desire as nines is to have inner stability. I've noticed that I've gotten really good at finding how to attain that "inner stability" in my life. Sometimes it's doing yoga, sitting outside, or watching hours of Netflix. Other times, it's surrounding myself with people who I love and doing activities that I love, like shopping. Have you ever walked inside an Aldi and felt immediate relief? No? Just me? Well, I encourage everyone to find their Aldi. Sometimes finding inner peace requires one other human being. I used to have someone in my life that could give me a hug and I was suddenly at my inner peace. However, they were the same person causing a lot of destruction (that's a different soapbox). So, so far I have Protagonist and Peacemaker on my wonderful list of personality descriptors.

The next self-awareness stop is my love language. Right now, it's quality time. The love language really glues my Protagonist and Peacemaker traits together. I absolutely love being around people, which is the extroverted side of me. It's how I recharge. It's also how I find my inner peace sometimes. It gives me great joy to be able to go-with-the-flow and not get into arguments with anyone either. I also love when a person will come with me to do the little tasks throughout my day. Grocery shopping? Quality time. Driving? Quality time. A phone call? Perfect quality time. I feel SO loved and SO recharged having the influence of people in my life who help me find my inner peace. I feel as if feeling loved also brings out my inner peace.

Overall, I might be having an existential crisis. However, I've realized that everything about me is connected inside of this personality trait web. I'm extroverted, super feelings-based, and focused on the immediate future, while also trying to maintain stability in the present. It seems like a lot, and I know. I've realized that I'm a lot to uncover, which makes the people who spend quality time with me a lot more special. If you've been along for the ride, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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