Meet Your 2015 Alabama Homecoming Queen Candidates

Meet Your 2015 Alabama Homecoming Queen Candidates

One of these ladies will be crowned Alabama's Homecoming Queen this Saturday.

It is that time of year again, when you hear of pomping, dozens of activities throughout the week, and most of all, signs plastered throughout campus in support of the homecoming queen candidates.

This year, it’s about more than just what organization is sponsoring them—each candidate is required to have a philanthropy or charitable cause they are supporting, i.e. their “platform.”

Below is all of the information you need to know about this year’s outstanding candidates!

Kinsey Blake Haynes

Hometown: Demopolis, Alabama

Major: Journalism

Sponsored by: WVUA-FM (90.7 The Capstone)

Platform/Charitable Cause: Autism Society of Alabama

Reason for choosing this cause: "In June, I met a curly-haired, 8-year-old boy named Milo. Upon meeting him, I realized he reminded me a lot of myself at that age. I even had the same head of curly hair when I was young. It helped open my eyes that kids with autism spectrum disorder are no different than anyone else. That moment was a beautiful realization for me, and I carry it with me everyday. My motivation in running for Homecoming Queen is to be the friendly face of the university; a trustworthy person students feel comfortable around and can approach with ease. Another motivator in running is to show outsiders that not every girl at this school dresses the same. We are classy individuals that sometimes gets lost in the shadow of stereotypes. I would love to be the person to change that perception."

Katie Baggett

Hometown: Brewton, AL

Major: Chemical Engineering

Sponsored by: Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity

Platform/Charitable Cause: The LiveLovely Foundation

Reason for choosing this cause: "The LiveLovely Foundation was started by Charlie Lovely, a 16 year old with leukemia from Alabama. Its purpose is to raise awareness and funds to combat adolescent and young adult cancer as well as help childhood cancer patients with medical bills. This group has not seen any improvement in survival rates in over thirty years, which is why the funding that The LivelyLovely Foundation has begun to put toward research is so important. I feel particularly close to this cause because I have lost many family members to cancer. I also would really love to support this organization because it is not well known and does so much great work. I am prepared to set up multiple fundraising events for this charity such as 5k runs, galas, and auctions. I want to help the student body realize that no one is safe from cancer, and no charity is too small to make a difference."

Halle Lindsay

Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania

Major: Psychology, Biology - Pre-Medicine

Sponsored by: BLEND

Platform/Charitable cause - Cancer Awareness - UADM and UA for St. Jude

Reason for choosing this cause: "Homecoming Queen is the ambassador of unity and progress for the University of Alabama. I would be honored to be the woman to represent who we are today. Being involved across campus has allowed me to give back to our campus community, mediate diversity issues on campus and establish meaningful relationships. As president of XXXI, Greek Programming Board, and BLEND; A-Team; UA Student Recruitment, University Steward; and Alpha Gamma Delta Executive Council, I have grown to cherish my time at the university. My love for this campus has empowered me to not only change this institution, but also encourage others to do the same.

As Homecoming Queen, I will continue my campus efforts and encourage students to join the global fight against cancer. We all know someone who has been impacted by this disease and it is our responsibility to raise awareness. UA Dance Marathon and UA for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are lighting up life. As your Homecoming Queen, I would promote these and other cancer-awareness organizations throughout the year and ask you to join us. Together we will raise money for research funds and spread the message that no one fights alone."

Chayni Farmer

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

Major: Criminal Justice

Sponsored by: Phi Sigma Theta

Platform/Charitable cause: Arts'nAutisim

Reason for choosing this cause: "The reason I support this cause is because this is a great program that helps children with limited language abilities and social skills engage in enriching art activities that promote communication and socialization."

Jasmine Davis

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Major: Business Management

Sponsored by: National Pan-Hellenic Council

Platform/Charitable cause: Domestic Violence

Reason for choosing this cause: "Domestic Violence is a serious issue not only for women, but men and children as well. According to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center out of the 22,000 violent crimes reported in 2013 16 percent of them were domestic violence incidents. Many times women feel as though they do not have a support system or cannot console in anyone their problems as to why I partnered with the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV). ACADV provides financial literacy, housing, financial assistance, job placement, etc. for women and their children who are suffering from domestic violence. I personally have a stake in this cause because last November my aunt was murdered by her partner leaving four children and her family grieving in her absence. I hope to bring more awareness to the issue of domestic violence by encouraging people to speak up for those who are unable or not yet ready to face their perpetrators. If I win Homecoming Queen I hope to organize a walk or dance marathon in order to raise funds to assist both the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Tuscaloosa’s Turning Point Women’s Shelter."

Katelyn Katsafanas

Hometown: Naperville, IL (Suburb of Chicago)

Major: Finance, specializing in Professional Sales

Sponsored by: Phi Mu

Platform/Charitable cause: Alabama Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Reason for choosing this cause: "The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a national organization that hosts walks across the country in order to raise money for research towards suicide prevention, as well as educational programs for students and adults. They help get the conversation started about mental health awareness. Each state has its own chapter, and the Alabama Chapter has done some big things. The Tuscaloosa Community Out of the Darkness Walk was Sunday, October 4th, and we raised over $57,000 before the walk even started! Over 1,400 people participated, which I think is a testimony to how these events affect those who participate. Mental health awareness is something that means so much to me, and I'd be striving for more programs on campus relating to it even without this campaign. Last spring, three other students and I coordinated the UA Awareness Walk with the Counseling Center to share with students the resources available to them for their mental well-being. While we did not raise money with this walk, we raised awareness. I think educating people on various mental health issues as well as how to cope with them is extremely important. I hope to work with organizations on campus this year to implement more programs that will educate our students on the importance of their mental well-being. And, I hope to create an environment that will allow students to support each other through anything they may be going through. I am so excited to be working with such a wonderful organization, and I can’t thank them enough for their support!"

Khortlan Patterson

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Major: Religious Studies and African American Studies

Sponsored by: The Honors College Assembly

Platform/Charitable cause: I am representing 57 Miles, an Honors College volunteer organization that collaborates on various partnerships with community members in Perry County.

Reason for supporting this cause: I support 57 Miles because my experience teaching classes to middle school students at Francis Marion Middle School transformed my life. I believe 57 Miles embodies the Honors College creed: Knowledge changes you. You change the world. The organization provides a wonderful way for students to engage with Alabama communities in a mutually empowering manner.

Lauren Beers

Hometown: Warren Center, PA

Major: Masters in Sport Business Management

Platform/Charitable cause: ReadBAMARead; I want to promote childhood literacy by supporting ReadBAMARead and the donation of books to local schools.

Reason for supporting this cause: I support this cause because I feel that it is very important to encourage children to start reading early. The earlier they start to read, generally, the more successful they are in academics. Reading provides further learning opportunities and will help the children be successful throughout the rest of their life. Although this doesn't directly affect our campus, I feel that by educating our younger students in Alabama, we can help increase the numbers that pursue higher education.

There you have it, your 2015 Homecoming Queen Candidates. One of these lovely ladies will be crowned on Saturday during halftime of the Alabama vs. Arkansas football game.

Don't forget to cast your vote Tuesday, October 6, on myBama and Happy Homecoming!

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All College Freshman Should At Least Consider Sorority Recruitment: Here's Why

Adding a sorority onto new responsibilities and college classes seems like a daunting choice. But it isn't.

Just like most college freshman during the first week of classes, I was riddled with anxieties. Part of me was ready for the new adventures college would bring; I was ready to start my classes, explore campus more, and take full advantage of all of the amazing things West Chester had to offer, yet I was still filled with worries. Would the adjustment be easy? Would I like all of my classes? Could I get used to living in a dorm room and could I handle the vast amount of independence that was coming my way?

Granted, my twin sister and I were living in the dorms together, so it made the homesickness easier to manage. I had someone I could easily talk to about how I was feeling and more often than not, she felt the same way. However, the adjustment still wasn’t easy. I found myself questioning whether or not I would be able to last the entire semester without driving back home every weekend. I was even fully prepared to head home the first weekend after classes started.

Except I couldn’t go home for the weekend as I had already registered for sorority recruitment.

Before participating in fall recruitment at West Chester University, potential new members were asked to register online over the summer. My twin sister and I quickly registered at the end of July, immediately falling in love with the idea of being in a sorority. After the first week of classes started, however, I wasn’t exactly so sure how I felt about rushing anymore. I was so close to just simply putting recruitment aside, giving myself another year to get used to the college lifestyle before I decided to go through recruitment.

Yet after a lot of thought and consideration, my twin sister and I decided to go through it and I am so thankful that we did.

Going through the recruitment process at West Chester truly opened my eyes to the amazing aspects the Greek life community has to offer. Not only did I meet incredible women from room to room, but I bonded with other potential new members that were in the lines with me that I still continue to keep in contact with today. I learned about the various opportunities sororities had to offer—their dedication to their philanthropies, the incredible strength of a sisterhood, and the leadership positions you could pursue through the organization.

Most importantly, I found my home away from home in my sorority. I met the incredible women who made me fall even more in love with my sorority than I already was, the women who encouraged me to put myself out there and pursue leadership positions my first year as a new member. I even met my amazing Big during the last round of recruitment, and if I hadn’t gone through recruitment as a freshman, would I have even met her at all?

Overall, I feel at home at West Chester—all because I made the decision to go through sorority recruitment.

I know going through recruitment seems scary at first, especially as a freshman. It takes so much to put yourself out there when you just started your college career. In fact, so many women were surprised when I said I was a freshman and going through recruitment. You’re facing new responsibilities with new classes and a large workload, so adding a sorority on top of that seems like quite a daunting choice. But it isn't.

All of the women in your sorority will want you to succeed. You’ll have a huge support system to turn to and a vast amount of sisters that will help you adjust to college. You’ll have a new group of sisters to vent to, sisters in your major that can help you get through the struggles of certain classes, and sisters to have study dates in the library with.

If I never went through sorority recruitment as a freshman, I couldn’t possibly imagine where I would be now. And I don’t even want to imagine where I would be without it.
Cover Image Credit: West Chester University Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

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The ABCs Of Greek Life At The University Of Rhode Island

All about Greek life, from A to Z.

A. All my new sisters

One minute you're a single child. The next, you have 200 sisters. Better start to get to know Becky, Cheryl, Karen, Hannah, Tessa...

B. Big/Little

Your big and little will probably end up being your best friends through college. They're the people you can go to about anything — and I mean anything — and they will support you no matter what.

C. Chapter

A meeting that occurs once a week to keep you updated in the sorority/fraternity and all about Greek Life.

D. Date party

The winter version of a formal.

E. Exec. Board

The people in charge of making sure the sorority runs smoothly, including President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

F. Formal

A dance in the spring where each member is allowed to bring a date

G. Greek Week

The best week of the year for Greeks, where each sorority is paired with a fraternity to participate in competitions against other pairings. The winners get ultimate bragging rights.

H. Homecoming

The most spirited weekend that allows Greek Life alumnae to come back and visit. It's also prime picture time!

I. Initiation

Every sorority has their own secret initiation process.

J. Jumping into a new family

Your sisters bring you a new home away from your home. They'll be able to help you out in school, work, and anything else life may have to offer. You've got each others' backs.

K. Kicked off campus

Something you don't want to happen to your organization. Rest in peace to the fallen brothers and sisters

L. Lots of letters

Each member has at least ten articles of clothing with their letters on it. Personally, half my wardrobe is made up of letters and sorority sayings.

M. Making memories

Being a part of Greek Life brings you many great times, and memories that you'll carry with you through life

N. New members

Yay! Bid day is when each sorority gains new members to pass down their knowledge and gain a new generation of initiates. Also, the more new members, the more Insta followers!

O. Others working together

Each sorority has their own values and, but work together to better the community. Respecting other sororities and fraternities is a big part of Greek Life — being Panhellenic!

P. Philanthropy

Each sorority and fraternity has their own philanthropy that they spend the year fundraising for.

Q. Quota

The number of members you have to have in your organization.

R. Recruitment

The busiest week(s) of the semester, where each sorority and fraternity is doing their hardest to recruit new members. New members tour houses and get to know members of each fraternity and sorority to see where they would feel comfortable and prosper.

S. Saturdays are for the...

... boys.

T. Throw what you know!

The hand sign that represents your sorority.


25% of the University of Rhode Island is involved in Greek Life...without a doubt.

V. Videos. Recruitment videos

Personally, my favorite part of recruitment (besides receiving all the new members) is watching everyone's videos. It's a great chance for sororities or fraternities to use their creative minds and hook new members into their organization.

W. Wedding party

You best believe some of your sisters will be standing next to you on your wedding day as bridesmaids.

X - eXciting

The day you join Greek Life will go down in your college career as one of the most exciting. You just entered a whole new world, got welcomed into a new family, and have to learn the ways of the Greek system.

Y. Young, dumb, and broke

Although being a part of Greek Life is amazing, it does take a few bucks out of your wallet. Save up your Christmas and birthday money!

Z. Zesty pics

The number of pictures you take will blow your mind. From sorority squat to the selfies. All I can say is that your Instagram game will be fire!

Cover Image Credit: Lisa Martinez

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