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Chi Omega Sugar Cookies Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation

Stephen Fisenne, Staff Writer

The sisters of Chi Omega at Wingate University were recently selling sugar cookies on campus for a good cause: the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

As the national philanthropy of Chi Omega, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has a pretty big place in their hearts. They wanted to raise money for them, as they do every year, and they decided that sugar cookies would be a sweet reward for those who wanted to donate.

Wilkey Nelon, a sophomore on campus who decided to buy a few of these cookies was “glad they’re giving back to Make-A-Wish.”

This event happened on Sept. 21 from 8 p.m. until midnight. It was apparently a huge success, garnering around $100 after costs were subtracted. They sold the cookies in small bundles, and even put sprinkles on top for some added fun.

They sold these cookies from their South Village and Greek apartments. They delivered them all around campus, but unfortunately they were not able to get them to the Hilltop apartments.

“It was great and we appreciated the support,” said Lauren Campany of Chi Omega.

Nelon said that the cookies were “even better than mom’s cooking.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation started in May of 1980 after the first “wish” was granted to a seven-year-old boy with leukemia named Chris Greicius: becoming a Department of Public Safety officer. After Chris’ funeral, people became moved by the story and in November of the same year the Make-A-Wish Foundation legally came into fruition.

Since then, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted over 300,000 wishes. They run solely off of donations like the ones that the sisters of Chi Omega make.

According to their website, wish.org, Make-A-Wish puts 79 percent of its donations into their actual programs that they do. From these donations, 37 percent comes from individuals, while 53 percent comes from corporate sponsors.

Kayla Bates, a sister of Chi Omega, shed some light as to why the support of this organization is so plentiful.

“We do it to provide hope, strength and happiness to a child with a life-threatening disease. It can provide a wish kid with the ability and willingness to comply with difficult medical treatments and the drive to keep pushing,” said Bates. “That determination can also help to improve their overall physical health as well.”

Chi Omega does fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation twice every semester, so be on the lookout for the next event that they hold. It’s sure to be as sweet as this one.

For more information please contact:

Wilkey Nelon: wi.nelon646@wingate.edu

Lauren Campany: la.campany@wingate.edu

Kayla Bates: mi.bates@wingate.edu

Edited by Gabriela Cabrera and Mason Teague

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Greek Life and Recruitment 101

Recruitment may be over but here is the information you need to know.

Kendall Sienon, Staff Writer

Wingate, N.C. — It is that time of year again when sorority women all over Wingate University campus step up their game in preparation for recruitment in hopes to attract incoming freshman and other potential new members to Greek life.

Mary Catherine Boylin, Membership Vice President of Alpha Xi Delta believes that girls “should go through recruitment because there is no way to describe the feeling of having so many sister’s love and support you through your time in college and beyond. Sisters motivate and push you to fully realize your potential.”

Formal Recruitment starts Thursday, Sept. 14 and goes through Sunday, Sept. 18. All four Pan-Hellenic Sororities (Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta and Sigma Sigma Sigma) are participating in this year’s recruitment. There is an information meeting starting Wednesday Sept. 14 for all potential new members to learn about the upcoming process.

Diana Coyle, Wingate University’s Associate Director of Residence Life and Involvement, is in charge of formal recruitment and other Greek Life matters. Currently, there are 111 women who have signed-up for Recruitment this year. “It is fairly on par with previous years,” states Coyle. One trend seen at Wingate University is the increasing number of sophomores and juniors who register to go through.

“I think this speaks highly to the connections women make on campus during the first few years,” says Coyle “and that Wingate become their family so they want to find their sisters.”

The three nights are divided into different rounds with their own themes. The first night each sorority gives information about their philanthropy and financial obligations; Friday night is sisterhood; and the final night is “Preference” in which each organization demonstrates a special ceremony.

Bid Day is the last day in which girl going through the process finds their home. Bhumi Hardev, Sigma Sigma Sigma’s Membership Recruitment Director, claims that Bid Day is her favorite event all year, “It’s an exciting moment for me personally to see girls run out with happiness and knowing that practices with my chapter helped to win these girls over.”

There are many advantages for young college students to join in Greek Life. It helps them find a place in their college or university, it provides a plethora of social occasions, deep involvement with philanthropy and community service, there are many networking opportunities, and it helps students gain and maintain many different skills such as time management.

Anna Harbacevich from Chi Omega believes that “Recruitment is a great experience and girls should consider it whether they think they ‘fit’ the lifestyle or not and (they can) meet tons of amazing women along the way”.

For more information and to register for recruitment today follow this link: https://enroll.icsrecruiter.com/pan/WINGATE

Or email Diana Coyle at d.coyle@wingate.edu

Edited by: Sara Gunter

First Year of Recruitment Begins for New Sorority

Hope Rogers, Staff Writer

One year ago, Alpha Omicron Pi, (also known as AOII), became the newest addition to the Wingate University Greek community. In a few short weeks, this newly-formed chapter will participate in their first year of recruitment.

Formal recruitment will, for the first time ever, consist of four sororities instead of three. Each organization plans months in advance in order for each round to go smoothly, mostly for the benefit of the newest members. For AOII, that category includes their entire chapter.

Soon enough, an estimated one-hundred potential new members will be walking through the doors into each round, unsure of what to expect. Rebecca Shaw, the president of AOII at Wingate, has some advice for the women going through recruitment, other than getting plenty of sleep, she said, “Keep an open mind. All the organizations have different things to offer. We all have philanthropy, we all have values, and we all have wonderful and amazing sisterhoods. These things are what make us unique and genuine.”

Ms. Shaw stresses the importance of knowing that each organization has passed down traditions, rituals, and values for over one-hundred years, and they all have something beautiful to offer. Diana Coyle, a sister of Chi Omega and the Associate Director of Student Involvement at Wingate, could not agree more, she said, “There are constant stereotypes that we battle as sorority women, but too often we do not hear about the impact of personal and professional growth that takes place or the lifetime support system that is built by membership.”

In the past year, the women of AOII have learned that the bonds they make are not just for four years; they are for life. Since there were no members on Wingate’s campus last year, AOII recruiters held a separate formal recruitment a few weeks after the other three sororities on campus had finished theirs.

Ms. Shaw went through both recruitments before finding her Greek home in AOII. She recalls that although the recruitments were separate, there were few, if any, differences between them. What made her experience a special one is the leadership opportunities she received that have prepared her to become a better woman and role model in her community.

In addition to becoming the president, her chapter had the honor of being initiated by AOII’s International President, Allison Allgier, which Ms. Shaw says was an experience she will never forget. What she looks forward to this year, is going through the other side of recruitment and watching each potential new member find her home within the Greek community. She said, “I have heard how incredibly rewarding it is to watch your fellow classmates run home to their organizations on bid day, and I look forward to seeing that joy for every single girl who goes through recruitment.”

Bid day, or the last day of recruitment, is a joyous event where all of the newest sorority members run across campus into the arms of their new sisters. There is a lot of tackling, crying, and picture taking, and this year, the women of AOII will experience it for themselves.

As Wingate and its Greek life continue to grow, many have wondered if they can expect another chapter any time soon. Ms. Coyle does not think so. She said, “I do not see any additional sororities coming into the community any time soon, but I would love to see growth within our Interfraternity Council and National Pan-Hellenic chapters. By growing both of these councils we will continue to provide increased membership opportunities for the entire campus.”

The deadline for sign-ups has past. The first round of recruitment, which is information session, will be take place tonight. For any additional questions or information, email Diana Coyle at d.coyle@wingate.edu.

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Edited by Brea Childs