Congratulations to Destini French, who has won the election to become ASMSU (student body government) President for the 2014-2015 Academic Year! Destini joined AOPi this past Fall, and has been a leader in the MSU community for much longer than that, as an Orientation Leader and Athletes Club President among other leadership commitments.
Destini French ran for President along with Jordan Garceau who ran as her vice-president. Here is the statement they put out when they ran:
“I am Destini French (Los Angeles, CA), and I am Jordan Garceau (Glendive, MT). We are running for ASMSU President and Vice-President, in order to represent the great student body of Montana State. Both of us have a wide range of experience in leadership across campus, including Orientation and Admissions, Athletics, Residence Life, Greek Life, and many others. With our wide variety of involvement throughout campus, we understand the needs of MSU. When in office, our main focus will be to bring the individuals of our campus together as one united community. We truly believe that without the support from the individuals in one’s environment, success is hard to obtain. As a team, we will work to make MSU students more involved, aware, and empowered, in order to make their experience most memorable. The campus has so many great services and opportunities just waiting to be utilized by students. We want our students to not only be knowledgeable about opportunities offered, but also feel comfortable to step out, take advantage, and grow in their own leadership abilities. If elected, we will connect the students and faculty across organizations and campus for the common goal of bettering MSU. “
Congratulations Destini and another congratualtions to Lexie Kambich from Chi Omega and Cody Howell from Sig. Ep., upcoming Senators in ASMSU for the College of Letters and Science. Way to represent!
The first Fireside of the semester was this past Tuesday at Pi Kappa Alpha, for the Fraternities and Sororities to attend. If you don’t remember what a Fireside is, it is really just a presentation or talk with individuals from MSU or the Community on a specific topic. For this Fireside:
- Topic: Nutrition. Specifically: Weekend Nutrition, since most Fraternities or Sororities have meals Monday-Thursday, and are left to fend for themselves on the weekends.
- Presenters: Julie Goyette- Dietitian/Nutritionist for Student Health Service and Marie Nelson- Interim Health Education Specialist at Student Health Service
There were about 20 people present at this Fireside (it’s a busy week with exams and things due before spring break!). The presenters shared some information on nutrition, then broke the group up into smaller teams for a competition. All teams were assigned two items at a fast food place and had to report back the calories, fat, saturated fat and sodium in their “meal”. It’s a little scary how bad for you just one food item and one drink can be from a fast food place…
Julie also answered anonymous questions that were written down throughout the presentation, from how much exercise is “too much” to whether a vegetarian or vegan diet is a healthy diet.
Julie and Marie were great presenters and we hope they can present to us again!
As always, the Fraternities and Sororities spent their Friday night/Saturday morning supporting Relay For Life. Of the groups 19 groups that registered and attended, 9 were fraternity or sorority teams. In total, $12,276 were raised to support the fight against cancer, with the three top fundraising teams being: Pike Chi (Pike and Chi Omega), Pi Phi, and Sig Ep.
The coordinators of the event this year, Kylie Edwards and Samantha Brandon, also happen to be active sorority members here on campus. Way to represent!
Check out the fun:
The student-led Not In Our House Taskforce met last night to continue their work towards changing the culture at MSU surrounding sexual violence, so that our campus may be a safe and violence free community. At the first meeting of the Taskforce, a number of topics were discussed surrounding how to keep groups, organizations and the community in general informed, involved, and empowered. All groups were given two goals to meet:
- Have the VOICE Center do a one hour education session with your group
- Hold an event to raise awareness and/or funds
As a part of the Taskforce, each Fraternity and Sorority is held to these obligations just as every other group is (ranging from Engineering Without Borders to QSA to different Athletic clubs).
Congratulations to the Fraternities and Sororities who have completed the first goal:
As noted in a previous post, Sigma Chi is the first group that has completed both obligations, not only in the Fraternity and Sorority Community but of the groups on the Taskforce. That shows commitment.
We look forward to having all groups complete both of these goals, and continuing to fulfill our vision of a culture shift on campus, so that we all may live in a safe and empowered community.
The men of Alpha Gamma Rho made breakfast for the women of Alpha Gamma Delta the other morning, and left behind a fun surprise. Can you see what eye mean??
On top of fundraising and preparing for their annual event, Swishes for Wishes, they found the time to complete their Not In Our House Taskforce objective. Joe Schumacher and Hannah Stark from The VOICE Center had the chance to discuss with the women at Chi Omega what they do as advocates and educators, and how Chi Omega can contribute to a healthy change in our campus community in regards to violence on campus.
Thanks for your commitment to helping others, Chi Omega!
As part of the Not In Our House taskforce, each Sorority and Fraternity has two objectives to complete:
- Host the VOICE center for an educational presentation/discussion
- Hold some kind of event to fulfill the commitment we have made to help raise awareness, promote primary prevention, and/or continue to strive for a culture shift in our community.
Shout out to Sigma Chi for being the first to complete both objectives already. For their event, they hosted “Love Without Borders” last night with the help of Men Stopping Rape and the VOICE center, where relationships around the world and in the US were discussed among participants and a panel of international students. It was an engaging and educational discussion, and will hopefully happen again in the future!
The Fraternity & Sorority Community is having a great valentines day!
Flowers are being delivered here, there and everywhere by AOPi and AGD as part of their “Flowers for a Future”, which is raising money for their separate philanthropies. People purchased flowers all week, to be delivered today to the individuals of their choice.
Chi Omega had a wonderful surprise this morning, with the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon singing them a custom edition of “Soul Sister” before making them breakfast. What a treat! Check out this video to hear the lovely voices of the Sig Ep men.
We wish a Happy Valentine’s Day to all! Hopefully you are as lucky as we have been to feel the love from such a great community!
Tracy Maxwell, a speaker from CampuSpeak, spoke last night to 350 members of the Fraternity and Sorority community about the damaging consequences of hazing, and the ways which we can come together to prevent hazing. Beyond what we hear about in the media, Tracy gave examples and stories of hazing that can seem “harmless”, and she used these stories to teach an important lesson: you never know what an individual has gone through. Something that may seem “harmless” to you, can be incredibly traumatic and damaging to another. Furthermore, how does it align with the term “brotherhood” or “sisterhood” to haze?
The Fraternity and Sorority community at MSU does not look at hazing as an acceptable way to have members prove their worth or belongingness to our chapters. Instead, we look for grades, leadership, and other qualities which align with our collective and individual values that our organizations have set and which we joined for.
Tracy shared with us a number of ways to prevent and stop hazing, from just making sure the dialogue about hazing is ongoing to taking action if you see it or hear of it happening. We look forward to taking on the challenges she has set before us, and preventing our community from joining the statistics.
If you know of hazing which is happening or has happened, please make sure to reach out and get help; you never know what the consequences will be of letting it continue or what consequences have already occurred. Either talk to the institution to which the group belongs, or you can call the national toll-free anti-hazing hotline at 1-888-NOT-HAZE.
Alpha Gamma Delta and Alpha Omicron Pi have teamed up this Spring for “Flowers for a Future”.
The purpose? To benefit both of their philanthropies, diabetes and arthritis research.
How can you be a part of this? Pre-order on the 10th and 13th, to have your flowers delivered to an on- campus location on the 14th. Find the booths in the SUB near the book store from 11-3 or in front of Montana Hall from 11-1. Flowers cost $2 for daisies or carnations $3 for roses ($5 for two).
What a great way to spread love this Valentine’s day with your support, donations and flowers!