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Don't You Wanna be a DG too?
Well, when I was first asked this question as a freshman, I said NO WAY! When I thought of sororities, all that came to mind was a lot of girls and a lot of drama. In fact, I decided even before arriving to W&J that I already had all the best friends a girl could ask for and I had absolutely no need to join a sorority. However, as the saying goes, "Time changes everything," and so it did. Before I knew it, I made new friends, went through Rush Week, and ended up pledging for Delta Gamma. I can tell you now, without question, it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Delta Gamma is one of the four sororities here at W&J. You may also know of the sorority by its nickname, "DeeGee or DG." Epsilon Delta, which is the name of the specific chapter located here on campus, is composed of over 70 members and is growing more and more every year. Delta Gamma was founded in 1873 in Oxford, Mississippi, at the Lewis School for Girls near the University of Mississippi. Delta Gamma's colors are bronze, pink and blue and the motto is "Do Good."
Our philanthropy is "Service for Sight," which is an organization that assists and attends to the blind. To support our philanthropy, throughout the school year we hold various events in which all proceeds benefit "Service for Sight" or the Blind Association. Some of these events include Wal-Mart runs, the See-saw marathon, and Anchor Splash.
Now I know you're probably thinking, "Okay, so you do some volunteer work but what do you do for fun?" As well as the other events I mentioned, we also have various mixers with other sororities and fraternities here on campus, formals, and themed dances. All of these activities and events, (yes even the volunteer ones) are a BLAST! In fact, the most memorable moments of my college career have usually taken place at some kind of Delta Gamma event.
More importantly, if you join Delta Gamma you are assured at least one thing - boredom will never be an issue. When you become a sister, you are automatically linked to over 70 girls who are all very different but alike in some way. You will find that whether you're looking for a study buddy, a partner in crime, or a shoulder to cry on, no matter what time of day or night, there will always be someone more than willing to help you out. For me, Delta Gamma has become so much more than a sorority; it's more like a way of living. By becoming a member of Delta Gamma, I've made friendships that are unlike any other. We have a saying in Delta Gamma, "From the outside looking in you can't understand it. From the inside looking out you can't explain it." These words truly sum up my feelings toward my sorority and my sisters. The bonds I've developed with these girls have helped shape me into the person I am today. They know me inside and out, and still love me anyway.
So, when you're asked the question, "Don't You Wanna Be a DG too?" don't say no - you just might be brushing off a future bridesmaid!
Go Ahead, Take the Splash!
Anchor Splash is an exciting event held and sponsored by Delta Gamma that involves all of the W&J fraternities and sororities competing in the following swimming events: tube races, synchronized swimming and competitive relay events. Anchor Splash is a major fundraiser of Delta Gamma's philanthropy, "Service for Sight." In fact, it is one of the most well recognized philanthropic fundraisers in the entire Greek community.
The Anchor Splash event began in 1966 at the Beta Tau chapter located at the University of Miami as a way to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Since then, Anchor Splash has spread to chapters all across North America, including our very own campus here at W&J.
Anchor Splash events also include the "Most Beautiful Eyes" Contest, a banner contest and a comical skit competition. The "Most Beautiful Eyes" Contest involves selecting a member within a sorority or fraternity that has, yep you guessed it, beautiful eyes. Members of Delta Gamma then gather all the candidates that represent the sororities and fraternities and take a picture of just their eyes, concealing each individual's identity. After the pictures are taken, the entire W&J community gets to vote for whom they think has the most beautiful eyes.
Anchor Splash usually takes place every March and during this time Delta Gamma collects Campbell's Labels for the "Labels for Education Program" that can be turned in to help certain schools that assist those with visual impairments to purchase much needed equipment.
Words of Wisdom from Delta Gamma's Future President
I became a Delta Gamma for so many reasons. After going through formal Panhellenic recruitment the spring semester of my freshman year, I knew for sure that I should be a DG. Our philanthropic endeavors, our campus activities, and our national goals were all very appealing to me. However, I would have to say what really convinced me that Delta Gamma was something I wanted to be a part of was the sisterhood that I saw amongst its members. Delta Gammas share a bond that is unlike any other I have ever experienced. We are a team. We are sisters. We are best friends and we never let anyone forget that.
Delta Gammas strive for a reputation. It may not be one that exudes the highest academic achievements, although we do have the second highest GPA among our fellow sororities. It may not be one of athletic ability, although we have several sisters who are members of championship teams. It may not always be one of class, although we have received national recognition for our outstanding performance as a chapter. But it certainly is one of loyalty, friendship, trust, and support that is unfailing. This organization has given me countless opportunities to become a woman whom I am proud to know, and to surround myself with other such young women. I believe that everyone needs a place where she can be herself and that is what Delta Gamma has given me — that may be the best reason to become a member of Delta Gamma.
Based on an interview with Brittany Carter, Class of '09 on November 4, 2007
Okay, so you're interested in becoming a DG: AWESOME! Here are some steps to help get you started:
- Attend some Delta Gamma recruitment mixers offered during fall semester. These events are extremely casual and a great opportunity for you to meet the girls.
- Sign up for Rush Week. You can do this in the office of Greek Life. There is a fee and deadline, so make sure you are aware of this and get your information in on time.
- Attend events during Rush Week. Rush Week is very exciting but can get a little stressful. Make sure you're relaxed and just be yourself!
- Pledge Delta Gamma!