UA Cribs: Alpha Delta Pi

UA Cribs: Alpha Delta Pi

It is with great pleasure that The Odyssey introduces the next house: Alpha Delta Pi!
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Alpha Delta Pi was the second sorority established on UA’s campus in 1907. This chapter is known for being the oldest secret society for college women and was originally founded in 1851. It is such an exciting part of their history to move locations on to Delta Row, into their new establishment.     

Like most older, Greek organizations, this chapter will be moving into their third house on campus. The alumnae referred to the first house the women of ADPi lived in as “the old white house.” The old white house stood until 1967 and was torn down and replaced with the “courtyard house” in 1968. After living in the same location for almost 50 years, the chapter was faced with an issue. The chapter was in need of additional space to house the women, host meetings, and dine.   

The current location on the corner of Magnolia Drive and Paul W. Bryant Drive would not allow the house to expand due to easements. The House Corporation engaged an architect years in advance to define any possibilities of expanding toward Bryant Drive, but the restrictions limited the ability to do so. ADPi decided to make a change and moved locations to the newest addition of sorority row.     

Alpha Delta Pi began their construction process by requesting the proposal in July of 2010. The sorority sold the courtyard house and was able to purchase the house through sorority savings, by selling the old house, Capitol Campaign, and funding by UA bond money. After much anticipation and support from the University of Alabama Construction Administration, the new house was finished by the fall of 2013. At approximately 38,000 square feet, the girls are happy to be home. They said bye bye to old the ADPi house!   

The house has four floors. The main floor is the “public” floor with the dining rooms, formal and informal dining, pool table room, and the location of the house director’s suite along with a guest suite and conference room. The basement is used for storage, and “chapter” specific functions such as the chapter room, an office, mailboxes for the women, and a lounge that is affectionately called the Lion’s den. The next two floors are residential, and are equipped with double rooms, community showers, laundry/snack kitchen, and a study room. There are TV lounges on each residential floor.   

The question of house bills increasing is always asked on UA Cribs, because it's curiously affordable. Alpha Delta Pi has not had an issue with house bills increasing significantly. 

The President of ADPi, Katy Sox claims that “Because ADPi did not have a loan on the house, bills had been kept unusually low. The sorority is more in line with the other on-campus housing.” 

The question still remains if there is a demand for new members. Sox gave a marvelous response by saying “I once heard one of our alumnae say, ‘You want to leave the sorority better than when you became a member.’ To keep a healthy and thriving chapter, quote and total need to be met, yes there is a demand for new members to keep the house at total, Panhellenic-wise.”   

Overall, the women are pleased with their new house and fellowship with one another, eating, and studying with plenty of room. 

“Girls are constantly at the house, and for our out-of-state women it provides a home away from home. It has been vital for chapter meetings to have a new space to meet in. We had to start meeting in Alston the year before we moved into the new house because we simply did not fit in the old house,” Sox said. 

Now that there is plenty of room to grow, the women cannot get enough of the house and spend a lot of time together. The participation and interest of the members and alumnae have strengthened the bonds and traditions of their sisterhood in a glorious fashion. Needless to say, the sisters at Alpha Delta Pi are proud of their new, beautiful home that has positively impacted the chapter morale!

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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20 Things I'd Do If The Concept Of Time Was Abolished

If only our lives weren't limited by time.

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Recently, news outlets have been reporting on how the people of Sommarøy, a Norwegian island located north of the arctic circle, would like to remove the concept of time. This is largely in part due to the fact that the sun does not set during much of the summer nor does it rise during the winter. The inhabitants of Sommarøy do not have rigidly separated days and nights like the rest of the world and can be found doing normal daytime activities at 2 am in the summers.

They also would like to take clocks out of their society. Although this lifestyle might seem impractical to the rest of us, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to live in a world where time is irrelevant, in regards to the concept AND the physical effects of its passing. This newfound information gave rise to ideas of things (some simple, some whimsical) I'd do if the concept of time did not exist and we had as much time to do the things we wanted.

1. Live on a ship at sea.

2. Watch a flower grow from a seed to its death.

3. Apply as much makeup as desired without being late.

4. Retake my favorite college courses and participate as fully as I possibly can, including the completion of every single reading and film.

5. Take a non-stop trip through every country in the world.

6. Learn to play and fully master every single musical instrument in existence.

7. Watch a full rotation of Earth around the sun from space.

8. Live by myself in a cabin at the edge of the woods a la Thoreau.

9. Reread every single book that shaped my childhood.

10. Have a brief conversation with every old friend.

11. Re-drink that first sip of the perfect cup of coffee.

12. Observe how the tides change with the lunar cycle.

13. Learn as many languages as possible.

14. Sit at the beach and listen to music for days.

15. Train for an Olympic event.

16. Write a detailed, thorough analysis of every track in my favorite movie soundtracks.

17. Take a photo of every interesting place I visit and every little nook I find peace in and make a physical photo album.

18. Cook food without burning it.

19. Watch a star's life cycle from birth to death.

20. Replay the feeling of coming home.

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