Every house has symbols that represent them but we don't always know why they chose it.Symbols represent each house but sometimes the other greek organization don't understand why you that is their symbol. By symbols I am referring to their mascots or something along those lines that they usually have representing them.
With many houses, both on fraternity and sorority row, the houses clearly see the differences of each other all the time. One of the differences we see all the time are the house symbols. Each symbol has a symbol very unique to them but we do not always know why that symbol is the symbol.
One of the symbols I am very confused about and do not see the reasoning behind it is Kappa Alpha Theta’s Kite. Kites in my mind make me think of my child and running around sunny, tall grass fields. So then what does it represent to Theta? Of course, it must be a secret but I would still like to know if the reasoning behind why they chose it is actually something very moving.
Another sorority symbol that is nice but still does not make me think “sorority” is Alpha Gamma Delta’s , the squirrel. UCLA has a lot of squirrels around its campus and honestly, really creep me out. This then does not make me understand why they would choose a squirrel as their symbol. They can be creepy, dig in trash for food, climb trees and look at us humans, as if they are about to kill us. Once again, I am pretty sure this group of sorority girls thought this through and chose the squirrel for a reason and I mean no offense in mentioning how weird the squirrel can be but I wish I knew more on why.
Sororities overall have tend to have symbols like the ones mentioned above, not to ordinary and as a nonmember of their organization, I am not allowed to know why that represents them. The symbols also tend to be very feminine which is understandable because they are an all female organization but I wish symbols or mascots were not to traditional in a sense. Pi Beta Phi has the lyre, Alpha Delta Chi has a lamb, Kappa Delta has a teddy bear, Kappa Kappa Gamma has the key, and so on for every house. The only house that broke this female boundary is Chi Omega by having a skull and crossbones as their symbol but once again I would like to know why a sorority choose something not traditional as their symbol
Fraternities also have symbols but unlike the sororities, ours tends to be strictly animals and masculine. My house in particular has the rattle snake, Sigma Alpha Epsilon has the Lion, Zeta Beta Tau has the scale, Beta Theta Pi has the dragon, etc. The one unique fraternity that choose an animal but not traditionally seen as masculine is the Theta Xi and they chose the unicorn. Just like Chi Omega, they broke their symbol boundary and choose something different from the other fraternities and I wish I knew what it represents.
Well, I hope no takes in offense that I mentioned their house symbol in this article. I am truly interested on why they have that symbol/mascot because they are all representative of their house and knowing why they choose that would be great but sadly not possible since I am not part of their house. I hope everyone enjoyed this weeks article. Until next time!
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