Ladies of Kappa Delta Chi

Hispanic women are 1.7 percent of Auburn University’s total enrollment. There have never been 1000 hispanic students on Auburn’s campus.

So, community is imperative to such a small population on campus. Latino Student Association, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers are two prominent organizations that intersection culture with various segments of student life.

However there was a gap.

Where are the groups for hispanic women?

There need to be a space for “,people  who didn’t want to be in a typical sorority, but in a different type of group,” says Gabi Rodriquez.

Kappa Delta Chi became the answer.

What is Kappa Delta Chi, or KDChi?

According to Kappadeltachi.org, “Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is a Latina founded, 501(c)(7), national sorority who aims to achieve professional development, academic excellence, and graduation of all its members; an organization dedicated to community service to their local university communities with an emphasis on the Hispanic/Latino population.”

On Nov. 25, 2016, Auburn’s chapter of Kappa Delta Chi was chartered.

Finally, a space with roots for hispanic and latinx women was on Auburn’s campus.  It is also important to know, while the organization advocates and places emphasis on hispanic and latinx underrepresented groups: any woman of any race can join Kappa Delta Chi.

Jaida West, a member of KDChi, noted the importance of expanding the frame of reference for Auburn students. “Most people hear hispanic, and think Mexican,” says West.

KDChi at Auburn aims to “bring our cultures to campus.”

What is the difference between hispanic and latinx?

Latina.com says,”Latinx is a gender-neutral term that is used as an alternative to Latino/a. It refers to people whose origin or ancestry is in Latin America and excludes Spain. Geographic location is what separates this term from Hispanic or Spanish. Additionally, the usage of the “x” instead of the “o” or the “an” at the end of the word “Latinx” is important as it’s inclusive of those in the Latin community who are gender non-conforming, gender queer, gender fluid, etc.

The word Hispanic refers to people of Spanish-speaking descent. This encompasses countries from Latin America and Spain but excludes Brazil because their national language is Portuguese.”

Check out this brief video from HuffPost for more information.

HuffPost Video “The Difference Between Hispanic, Latino And Latinx”

 

 

How will Kappa Delta Chi expand its reach?

The organization makes an effort to partner with multiple groups across campus, including but not limited to:

  • Omega Psi Phi, Inc.
  • Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
  • Latino Student Association
  • University Program Council
  • Omega Delta Phi

The sorority even helped host a Black Student Union meeting about mental health in communities of color.

The women of Kappa Delta Chi are making moves to be represented on campus and to shine a light on their community.

“You can’t fit us into a box. Allow us to redefine that box,” said West.

For more information about Kappa Delta Chi, visit their AU Involve page here.

So You’re Not Rushing a Sorority? That’s Okay!

So You’re Not Rushing a Sorority? That’s Okay!

“Being in a sorority isn’t defining, but it can be a defining catalyst,” says Bonnie Wilson, advisor for Auburn’s Alpha Chi Omega chapter.

Sorority recruitment is the first of many major choices in college. But, it is not the end all be all. 

Many women find who they are in a sorority. But, a sorority isn’t the only place to find yourself. 

There are plenty of ways to get plugged in that don’t involve Greek letters. 

Can I Join a Club?

You’ll hear it at Camp War Eagle, you’ll hear it during Welcome Week and most of your four years at Auburn University– get involved.

There are over 500 different organizations on Auburn’s campus ranging from Pizza Club to honor societies to AU Model Board. 

Find something your interested in and join. It’s always easy to make friends with people who share your interests. 

Have you not found a group that shares your interests? That’s okay! You can even start your own club or organization!

Visit   AUInvolve  for more info on involvement. 

Katie Day, a senior in pre-med, finds that not being in a sorority has expanded her opportunities. 

Katie Day is a senior in pre-med and has been extremely involved in SGA and other organizations on campus.

“Not being in a sorority has not affected the amount of opportunities. In my experience it made it easier for me to be a leader on campus, because I don’t have another organization to take my time. I am able to completely pour into what I am involved in and lead. On top of that, I have been able to reach out to younger girls who aren’t in sororities either, and help them feel the same comfort I have in not being in one!”

But what if I’m on the fence? That’s okay too.

Faith Webb, a senior in public relations and Vice President of programs for SGA, shares some of the feelings that she had not being Greek. 

Faith Webb, a senior in public relations and SGA vice president of programs.

“So I am from a really small town and only knew one girl who went to Auburn. I had to gauge of what Greek life was like here, and was nervous that I’d not be accepted. Not rushing was hard, and I regretted it for a month or so, but now I feel secure in where I am in involvement on campus and in friend groups.”   

Katie and Faith both highlighted the key in all of this– it’s a choice. 

At the end of the day being in a sorority or not is a choice. It’s all yours– no one else can make it for you.

Can I Rush a Sorority Later?

Here’s the thing that no one tells you. The choice isn’t permanent. You can still decide to rush or join a sorority later in college. 

Continuous Open Bidding is also an option. 

Jaylin Goodwin, former Auburn University panhellenic president, shares insight on COB. 

Jaylin Goodwin served as president of AU Panhellenic council from 2015-2016.

“The process is super relaxed and occurs year-round. In my opinion, I believe you get out what you put into a Greek organization on campus, therefore going through COB instead of formal recruitment for whatever reason does not make a difference or put you at a disadvantage in any way. 

I would start by visiting this website and reading through all the questions and answers – it is a comprehensive overview of the process and will likely answer any questions. 

Find information about COB here.

If any questions still remain after that, or you are wanting to talk to someone in person about the process, stop by the Greek Life Office on the first floor of the Student Center in Room 1115! Panhellenic officers, cabinet members, and graduate assistant have office hours daily during university business hours and no formal appointment is required to stop by and ask about COB.”

You can even decide to rush your sophomore year. 

Overall your Greek letter status doesn’t make you any smarter, prettier or funnier– nor does it make you dumber, uglier or more dull. 

 What’s important is that you make the best choice for yourself in your journey in being an Auburn Woman.

For more information about AU Panhellenic visit their website.

Auburn’s Other Football Team

Yes, Auburn has two football teams.

But, not in the way that you think.

Auburn’s Women’s Soccer team is one of the most decorated teams on Auburn’s campus. What does that mean?

Our soccer team is good.

Some of the Women's Soccer team interacting with the crowd.
Some of the Women’s Soccer team interacting with the crowd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a senior, I attended my first soccer game this past weekend. I felt a little shame, because I had waited so long to support these Tigers.

In fact, a lot of sports teams other than Auburn football are good.  There are a lot of reasons to support the other athletic programs at Auburn.

1. They’re FREE.

‘Free,’ is a college student’s favorite word. And, every sporting event that is not football is completely free. I repeat, completely free.

On top of that, there is usually a form of give away at other sporting events. So, one you’re not paying to get into the game and free stuff.

Basketball games have been known to give out t-shirts– even free food. Imagine an athletic event where you get a free meal and show… nothing like it.

Free Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches at the Auburn Arena.
Free Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches at the Auburn Arena.

And, if that hasn’t blown your mind enough. The baseball team has done one even better– free lightsabers.

Aubie with a Light Saber
Aubie with a Light Saber

2. The Student Rewards System

There’s a well kept secret amongst Auburn athletics super fans– the Ignited Rewards System app.

Auburn Ignited Rewards app
Auburn Ignited Rewards app

But, what is this app?

“Auburn Ignited is a completely FREE program for all currently enrolled Auburn University students. The program is designed to reward students for supporting and attending Auburn athletic events. Earn points for every event you attend and redeem your points for great Auburn Experiences and Prizes.”

In this app, fans check in at approved sporting events. A calendar can be found on their site here.

And, when you check in you earn points. Then, exchange points for items.

The items range from koozies to socks.

Again, who doesn’t love free stuff?

3. They’re Fun!

Most of all, athletics events are fun!

Football games can be stressful– getting tickets, finding game day outfits, searching for parking and having to get there so early.

And, college is already full of stressful moments. So, why not let loose at a track meet or soccer game?

Do not wait until your senior year, like me, to begin to enjoy non-Football athletic events.

The tennis player in your management class? Go to his match.

The basketball player in your lab group? Go see her make that three-point shot.

By attending these events, you can support your friends and classmates on and off of the court.  So grab a pal and head to the field or court!

Student attending Soccer Match
My friend Alyssa invited me to my first soccer match.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And isn’t that what the Auburn Family is about?

 

Do you more information about Auburn Athletics or the Ignited app? Follow the links below.

Auburn Athletics

Auburn Ignited

 


Join the Auburn Family! Enroll at Auburn.

Please visit the Future Students page. Also, consider visiting Auburn for a Tour. We want you to join the Auburn Family … so Apply Now.

This is Auburn

Drama Queens: The Women of the Auburn Theatre Department

In my house, we don’t use the word “dramatic,” we say “histrionic.”

Living with two members of Auburn University’s Theatre Department has shown me so much. They have rigorous schedules, and it’s much more than the glamour of opening night.

So, let’s meet Teyonna, the actress, and Cheyenne, the sound designer.

Teyonna Johnson

Teyonna Johnson

Teyonna is a senior in the BFA Music Theatre program. She is from Troy, AL.

Cheyenne Dalton

Cheyenne Dalton

Cheyenne is a senior in the BFA Design and Tech program. She is from Scottsboro, AL.

What made you want to work in theatre?

Teyonna: I️ wanted to work in Theatre because it’s field that has so many different outlets. There are so many different jobs that you can do in the theatre. You could be a playwright, a director, an actor, or even a designer. I️ knew that it was something that I️ wanted to be apart of for the rest of my life no matter the outlet.

Cheyenne: I started theatre with the intention of being a scenic artist, but once the shows are open, there’s nothing left to paint. I started working in sound when I was fifteen so that I could work on shows while they were running!

What’s been the most surprising thing about theatre?

Teyonna: The amount of work that goes into one singular show has been the thing that has surprised me the most. It’s such a collaborative thing. So many people’s labor have to come into place to get a show up on its feet. Because all theatre artists somehow make it look easy, I️ definitely took their labor for granted.

Cheyenne: I think the most surprising thing about theatre is that it really is such a close-knit industry that everyone practically knows everyone else. This summer when I worked at the Texas Shakespeare Festival, I met so many people that knew other people that I’ve worked with or went to undergrad with!

What’s your best memory in the program?

Cheyenne: The scenic and lighting professor wanted to plaster images from newspapers for the set of Assassins, but all of the images online were blurry or too low-res to be blown up to wall-size, so she took me (a sound engineer) and four scenic students to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Auburn’s private jet to scan original newspapers from the day presidents were assassinated/attempts were made on their lives.

Teyonna: Our annual scholarship has always been one of my favorite things that we do here in the theatre. It’s our opportunity to show potential students what we have to offer. It’s a great moment where we can sit back and take a look at the work that we have put in over the past few years and just appreciate it. I️ feel like in the theatre we get done with a show and immediately after it ends we take down the set and move on to the next things. We rarely have time to really sit back and see what an amazing piece of work we have all created.

What’s your favorite play?

Teyonna: The Color Purple is my favorite musical because the music is stunning and the story leaves me feeling much more confident.

Cheyenne: My favorite play is The Foreigner by Larry Shue! It’s just the right amount of solemnity and laughter!

What would you say to someone wanting to pursue theatre?

Cheyenne: Don’t let what other people think of you determine what you want to do! There are so many people out there that don’t want you to major in the arts, but they will never understand how happy it makes you. “If you love what you do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”

Teyonna: I️ would tell anyone interested in pursuing theatre to create your own work. Collaborate with other theatre artists around you right now. Do not wait. Get involved and take classes. Learn all you can. Last but not least, READ PLAYS!

Read more information about the Auburn Theatre Department and its programs, here.

See more about upcoming shows, here.

This is Auburn

 

Being a Senior

If we are going by hours, I have been a senior since this time last year. Being a senior has truly “hit” me in the last week of classes. It is more of the fact that I’m graduating Dec. 16, than the fact that I’m a senior.
But what is a senior?
In high school, being a senior meant waving around imaginary rewards that you have earned; asserting privileges that are only enforced by adolescent hierarchy; and feeling on top of the world for no apparent reason.
In college, it’s different. It is:
“Stressful, but rewarding.”
“Full of anxiety.”
“A weird feeling of being so comfortable in Auburn after three years of living here and having this school be your home; but having this constant lingering feeling in the back of your mind that in a few months, everything is going to change.”
“Exciting, because you’re finally done with school. Sad, because you’ll miss your friends and school atmosphere. Scary, because now you have to conquer the real world and be a grown up. If you needed one word though: bitter sweet.”
“Transitional. I don’t feel like a college student and fully dependent on my parents but I also don’t feel like an independent adult.”
“Ambivalent, surreal, a ‘decrease in academic responsibilities increase in life responsibilities,’ transition period.”
It feels like you’re reaching for the cookie jar of being an adult, you can touch it and feel it but you can’t quite get it down yet.”
“F—— stressful and crazy as f—.”
All of these things converge to one point. Being a senior is great joy and great stress of the unknown. We are at a point in our lives where transition is inevitable and necessary. But, there is no longer a road map for life.
You are on your own.
And it’s scary, because you’ve never been on your own.
And it’s exciting, because you’ve never been on your own.
Now, is the time to create my own path without the campus bulletin as my guide.
Now, is the time that life begins.
As Raven-Symoné sang, “This is my time, to shine, this is my place to find, all that I have inside, I never knew.  This is my time to show, what I must have always known, that nothings impossible and dreams come true.”
I urge anyone in college, to find joy in every moment. Savor the big and small, the exciting and mundane.  These three, four, or even five years of your life will fly by– don’t let them miss you.

Who’s Who of Campus Dining

High school to college is a definite transition.

Some things are harder to get used to like workload, or being so far away from home. But, one thing is far better in college.

Campus Dining.

Yes, we are all far too familiar with the pizza, corn and milk that nourish students across the country. However, campus dining is in a completely different league.

 

 

 

Do you want pizza and coffee? You can have that.

Salad and a water? You can have that.

Fried chicken and an icee? You can have that.

But, it can be difficult to navigate campus dining.

So here is a guide to the who’s who of campus dining at Auburn University.

Most Likely to Have the Longest Line at Lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ll hear students refer to the Chinese food chain by one name only, Panda.

With locations in both Foy and Terrell halls, Panda Express is a campus favorite. People will even suffer the long line for it, we’re talking well over 50 feet long.

Orange chicken, fried rice, lo mein, Beijing beef are some of the more decadent options. However, there are lighter options like string bean chicken, broccoli beef and white rice.

Regardless if you get a bowl or a plate, you’ll be full and satisfied.

Harlan Bailey, senior, says Panda is his favorite place to eat on campus because, “it’s the most filling meal I can get on campus.”

However, he wants to stress moderation, “I only get it once a week though,” he laughs.

My suggested meal: Orange chicken and white rice bowl, with a water and of course a fortune cookie.

Best Meals for an Emerging Vegan or Vegetarian

Did your mom or dad insist on you eating meat or dairy while at home? Well, college is the perfect time for you to switch up your diet.

Whether it’s for health or ethical reasons, or just wanting to try something new, veganism and vegetarianism are on the rise.

Plains 2 Plate is the perfect place on campus for those wanting to be more conscious of their meals.

The nation’s first certified gluten-free on-campus restaurant, has an assortment of options with locally sourced ingredients.

From sweet potato mash to black-eyed pea fritters to banana waffles and fruit salad (for breakfast of course)– Plains 2 Plate has it all for those embrace fruits and veggies.

But, there’s some meat too. The pork is marinated to perfection, and the chicken isn’t half bad either.  There’s a little something for everyone.

In fact, Maddy Hickman, junior, says Plains 2 Plate is one of her favorites because, “it’s healthy and tasty. I like all the different options.”

My suggested meal: Always get the Ginn with the mixed veggie side and make sure that Ms. Mae makes it for you.

Best Place for a Quick Pick-Me-Up

Chicken Salad Chick is sophomore, Carder Dransfield’s favorite place to eat on-campus. And she’s not alone.

Chicken Salad Chick is a close second to Panda Express for the the longest line at lunch. But, for good reason.

 

 

 

The chicken salad is good.

While you may think of your grandma’s signature dish at family picnics, but this is far from your granny’s salad.

‘I love all of the variety Chicken Salad Chick offers with flavors and side options,” says Dransfield.

This restaurant offers classic chicken salad with Olivia’s Old South, but can kick it up a notch with Jalapeño Holly and Buffalo Barclay; and these are only a portion of its traditional, savory, fruit and spicy flavors.

The sides are also great for making you feel good. You can get something light and sweet like grape salad or a fruit cup, or hearty like broccoli salad or soup.

But, the best things about Chicken Salad Chick are the cookies.

While there has been controversy over the switch from chocolate chip to the buttercream frosted cookies, but they’re delicious nonetheless.

You get a cookie (and a pickle) with every meal. And if that’s not enough of a pick me up, I don’t know what is.

 

Campus dining is a world to be explored, one swipe at a time.  So grab a fork and dive in.

 

For more information about Campus Dining visit Tiger Dining’s website, Twitter or Instagram.

This is Auburn

 

Social Media Release: We C.A.N. Network Nights

 

*This is a proof of concept, only.*

PITCH

The Montgomery Education Foundation will host a We C.A.N. Network Night on Friday, Dec. 1 at Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School at 6 P.M.

BACKGROUND

We C.A.N. Network Nights serve as a way to connect the community to their local schools. It is a way for people to learn how to give back to their community. They are real conversations with real actions.

FACTS

  • Montgomery Education Foundation will hold a network night, Friday on Dec. 1, 2017, at Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School at 6 P.M.
  • All community members are welcome.
  • A light meal will be available.
  • Parking available in surrounding parking lots on campus.

QUOTES

“THIS IS THE EASIEST THING I’VE EVER DONE WITH THE BIGGEST PAYOUT.”

— DR. ANTONIO WILLIAMS, LANIER HIGH PRINCIPAL

“MONTGOMERY IS A HISTORIC COMMUNITY WITH A HISTORIC RECORD FOR CHANGE”

— DILLON NETTLES, COMMUNITY PROGRAMS DIRECTOR

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VIDEO

 

CONTACT

Dillon Nettles, Community Programs Director

Email: Dillon@montgomeryed.org

LINKS

Website: www.montgomeryed.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MontgomeryEducationFoundation/

Twitter: @MgmEducation

Instagram: @MgmEducation