By Ashleigh Scarpinato, Staff Writer
Rush Week not only marks the days for the Greek organizations on campus to meet and get to know interested students, but it is also the week where new students have the chance to see where they fit in on campus.
During Rush Week, the organizations have different Greek life activities taking place throughout the week. On Tues., Sept. 20, local Greek organizations held Preference Parties, better known as “Pref Parties,” in Goolsby Lecture Hall. Preference Parties are an opportunity for students interested in Greek Life to sit down and learn more about each sorority or fraternity. The Pref Parties held staggered meeting times throughout Tuesday night, so that students interested in more than one organization could attend each presentation.
When questioned about the reasoning behind wanting to join a sorority, one interested student explained she “want[s] to make new friends outside [her] group.”
At these interest parties, the interested students were able to talk to the sorority and fraternity members and learn about what each organization has to offer.
Greek organizations share common bonds but also have qualities that are unique to each fraternity or sorority. When asked about being in a sorority, senior Jenni Mathis, a member of local sorority Alpha Iota, said, “we are a random group of girls who fit together. We’re not cookie cutter. We’re all different.”
Greek life is not just about having fun. Before any student can rush a sorority or fraternity, they must have completed 12 credit hours at Young Harris College and have a GPA of at least 2.0 to be considered eligible to rush.
By Ashleigh Scarpinato, Staff Writer
National fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi visited Young Harris College in the Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on Wed., Sept. 7. This interest meeting was the first national fraternity interest meeting of the year and was a way to gauge the level of student interest in the organization.
Matt Mumberger, a former member of Alpha Sigma Phi, was scheduled to present the fraternity to the YHC community, but not a single student attended the presentation.
Alpha Sigma Phi, founded on Dec. 6, 1845 at Yale University, came to speak to the local Greek organizations and other YHC students who have an interest in becoming a part of a national fraternity.
Mumberger was hoping to share with the YHC community the ways that Alpha Sigma Phi had impacted his life. He remains involved with the fraternity in order to help future brothers have the experience that he had.
By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer
Sigma Gamma Rho, a national sorority interested in coming to the Young Harris College campus, gave an open presentation to all interested females on Mon., Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in Goolsby Center for Humanities.
The meeting was attended by seven females. All of the attendants said they will be attending meetings for other sororities as well.
The sorority representative began the presentation by doing a traditional step that all members of Sigma Gamma Rho are required to know after they join the sorority. She then went on to tell the history of Sigma Gamma Rho, the facts about the sorority and what the organization stands for.
Sigma Gamma Rho was founded in 1922 by seven teachers. Since then, the sorority has gone on to have more than 500 chapters and 95,000 plus members. The slogan of Gamma Sigma Rho is “Greater Service, Greater Progress.” Their motto is “sisterhood, scholarship, service.”
The sorority places great emphasis on community service. The organization is involved with multiple community service projects throughout the year. Some of the projects include “Operation Book Bag,” where the sorority takes up donations of school supplies for children in need, and “Project Wee Savers,” which collects baby supplies which are distributed to needy infants.
The sorority mascot is the poodle. The flower of the organization is the yellow tea rose. The colors are royal blue and antique gold.
Sigma Gamma Rho membership is by invitation only. If a student were to receive an invite, she would go through an interview process. If both parties are still interested after the interview, the student would begin the process of joining the sorority.
The organization has a minimum GPA requirement for all of the members. All members have to maintain a 2.5 GPA average or higher. If a member’s GPA were to drop lower, she would be suspended.
By Katie Richarson, Staff Writer
As some of you might know, two weeks ago was my first year of college at Young Harris. During the first week I was really nervous about what could happen. For days I had nightmares about living in a dorm with a psychotic girl that would kill me in my sleep, or giant bugs that would come into my room and hurt me if I did not make friends quickly.
It was the craziest anticipation period I have ever experienced. However, now I have not only adventured through my crazy case of anxiety, but I have made it through my first week.
When it came time for me to move into my dorm room, I had no idea what to expect. In my mind I pictured some terrible girl with fiery breath and a rancid flatulence problem. I was so scared that I had my mom go in before me and survey the premises so I could ready myself for anything terrible that may happen.
However, when I walked into my new room, I was happy to learn everything was better than I could have ever dreamed. My roommate is a wonderful person and I get along with her magically. Did I mention she lets me eat her mac and cheese and even shares her toilet paper? This is awesome!
Once I was over my living situation worries, there were other worries still on the horizon. I wondered whether or not my teachers would hate me, or if I would ever find anything in the dining hall that actually tasted as good as it looked. My main source of caution, however, was when people, even professors, said to watch out for wild animals, specifically a raccoon.
One night I began to head to my car and I stopped suddenly. About ten or so feet away I had spotted a raccoon sitting in the shadows. My first thought was, “how am I going to protect myself when it attacks me and tries to eat me?” Fortunately, once I took a step forward, it scattered away and my life had been spared.
I thought my worries had finally come to a halt, but little did I know there was another terror coming my way. Each day when I go to walk into the Goolsby building I always walk down the wrong hall. I walk in, smile and make eye contact with people sitting in couches and walk down the hall like I know what I am doing. Once I look up at the room numbers, however, I realize that I have to turn around and go down the perpendicular hall to reach the correct room.
I have now personally deemed this turn-around process “The Walk of Shame” because I have to walk past the same people again. This has happened to me countless times in the first week. Diary, what should I do?
Now that I have survived my first week of college I feel like I can do anything. I try to walk around with my head held high and my schedule in hand. Yes, Diary, I still haven’t memorized my schedule, but I think by the end of the semester I may have it down.
Though some parts of my week have been unnerving I think I am going to like it here. The people are great, and I have had a lot of fun so far. Every time I turn around there is another activity to participate in and new friends with which to spend time.
Please cross your fingers for me Diary as I enter into the coming weeks at Young Harris, because after the last couple days, I do not even know what to expect.
By Ashleigh Scarpinato, Staff Writer
Rebecca Abraham, a freshman from Cumming, began her college experience not only as a hard-working student, but also as a hard-working athlete.
Following playing four years of high school soccer at Forsyth Central High School, Abraham decided to follow her passion for soccer by attending Young Harris College where she plans to receive her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies.
Abraham’s older sister attended YHC, and from that moment she knew that YHC was the college for her. Abraham’s family supports her and her decision to be a student athlete. Rhonda Abraham, her mother, attended both of her YHC scrimmage games to help cheer her daughter and the rest of the women’s team to victory.
Being a student athlete may come as a challenge to some people, but not Abraham. Abraham is one of only two freshmen on the Mountain Lions soccer team, which brings a whole new level of competition and challenge to be the best every day.
“It all comes pretty easy and is a lot of fun,” said Abraham. “Being a student athlete can teach a person how to truly manage their time between their sport, their classwork, and their friends.”
Abraham explained that the athletes on the YHC women’s soccer team are friendly and welcoming, but still have the desire to compete against anyone.
Abraham hopes to learn from her first year experience and help future freshmen soccer players balance studies and athletics. This helpful spirit also extends to her goals post-graduation, when Abraham hopes to use her degree to help other people by possibly becoming a behavioral therapist.
Abraham also hopes to continue playing soccer in an adult league. Abraham enjoys the adrenaline of playing a good game and having confidence. Playing a sport not only teaches a person what it means to be competitive— it also fosters a sense of togetherness, teaching players new life lessons as they work together to achieve a common goal, she said.
By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer
Young Harris College freshmen and new students were introduced to the college experience through this year’s “Florescent Fury”-themed Welcome Week by the Campus Activities Board, CAB.
Welcome Week began Aug. 13, when students began moving in the residence halls. Students were welcomed with a sugar snack attack, which served ice cream, cotton candy and other sweet treats on the plaza. The night ended with the trivia game “Think Fast,” where students had the opportunity to win $200.
The week continued with various events including a mechanical bull, airbrush tattoos, a concert by Trevis Prince, a Florida-based performer who considers his work to be a blending of pop, rock, and soul, and a magic show and a dance hosted by the Gamma Psi sorority. There were also various meetings, including Academic Convocation, and a mandatory residence hall meeting for all campus residents. The annual poster sale on the plaza, the blood drive, held in Meyers Student Center, and Saturday’s community service rounded out Welcome Week on Aug. 20.
“Welcome Week helped me meet new people. It also gave me my first taste of college life,” said Freshman Paige Sexton from Canton.
The CAB events ended the following Saturday with a community service project in the morning and video gaming stations set up on the lawn that evening. Students were invited to come challenge other students to video games.
“The point of Welcome Week is to help new students transition easier to college life and help relieve the stress that comes with the first week of classes,” said Calle Wallace, a senior who helped coordinate the events for Welcome Week.
Wallace feels Welcome Week was very well attended. Once the freshmen realized the events being hosted on campus were for them, more and more of them started attending.
By Shannon Weaver, Staff Writer
The Student Government Association (SGA), held its first meeting of the year on Aug. 17. During the meeting, SGA discussed several upcoming events including two Georgia Senators participating in a town hall meeting and the return of the Last Lecture series. The agenda also included a proposal on behalf of the outdoor leadership majors and plans for freshman SGA elections.
SGA President Emalyn Cork announced that two United States senators, Johnny Isakson (R-Ga) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga), are coming to YHC on August 30. They will be appearing for one hour at the Recreation Center to answer questions. All YHC faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend the event, which begins at 2 p.m.
In other event-related news, the first of the “Last Lecture” series of the year will be hosted by the recently retired Chair of Music at YHC, Benny Ferguson. The date and time of the lecture are still undetermined. “Last Lectures” are given by a YHC faculty member to the campus community as an opportunity to give the speaker a chance to speak about what he or she would say if it were the last time speaking to a student audience.
Also during the meeting, Zach Lathan, a member of the senior senate, proposed the SGA sponsor the mandatory conference fee for the senior outdoor leadership majors. Senior outdoor leadership majors are given this conference fee, which is not included in tuition costs, to help pay for travel accommodations and equipment for their excursions. Lathan’s proposal was turned down, but there is discussion among SGA members about starting a scholarship fund for similar conferences.
On September 20, the SGA will be having elections for the Freshman Senate. Other open positions include slots on the sophomore, junior and senior senates. Please see SGA officers about where and when to sign up.