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While many college students were debating on what Halloween costume to wear and which friends to meet up with, I was preparing for quite an unusual Halloween.

During the first week of October, I received an email from Political Science professor Dr. Gentry about an opportunity to visit Washington D.C. over Halloween weekend.  The trip entailed a 12 hour drive to the nation’s capital on Friday night, rallying with Stephen Colbert and John Stewart at the National Mall on Saturday and thendriving another 12 hours home that same night.   The rally, hosted by the two comedians and Comedy Central, was an opportunity for all political enthusiasts to join together to protest our discontent with American politics.  The event was also planned to occur three days before the highly competitive mid-term elections.

Although incredibly satirical, this event had over 250,000 people attend.  According to Rally for Sanity’s official site, John Stewart was looking for people “…who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs), not so much the Silent Majority but as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence…we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.”

Instead of standing in the large crowd of people on the grass of the national mall, my Tri Delta sisters and I found a spot to sit on the steps of one of the Smithsonian Museums.  There we were able to watch the rally performances and speeches but also watch our fellow rally’ers.  This was quite honestly my favorite part.  There were so many people dressed up holding interesting signs.  Many referred to their political party, stated their overwhelming support for groups such asthe Tea Party and many addressing their views on large political issues such asabortion, gay rights, the economy, health care and the two wars in the MiddleEast.  Unfortunately, I was unable to record every sign that I saw but I did record some of my favorites.   So, for those who were unable to attend the event, I give mytop five signs. 

1. "Orange You Glad We Aren’t Communists?” (this girl was dressed like an orange)

2. "I Refuse to Believe it’s Not Butter”

3. "MY FEET HURT!"

4. "Make Beer Not War”

5. "#*&!?@$ politics, how do they even work?”

 Although the rally took place at the same time as my last Halloween as an undergrad, I do not regret my decision to go.  It was an opportunity of a lifetime.  It was a time for me to see ridiculous signs, learn a little more about our nation’s capital and moreimportantly, it also served as a motivator that one day I really do need to get a job in THE White House.

When I began my freshman year at Millikin, I came with awhole set of opinions on college life.One of my largest concerns was Greek Life.  Like many college freshmen, my perception of sororitiesconsisted of what I saw on television shows.  I mainly thought that they were a place for group of womento get together talk about make up, go to parties, work out together, go toparties, focus on their diet plans and did I say go to parities?  I was so incredibly wrong.

Now, as my senior year rolls on and as a woman who has those“three triangles,” I have reflected on my four years as a Greek woman.  I am so proud to share those threetriangles with thousands of women around the country because I have been ableto connect with women and help promote a more positive body image.

Reflections; the BodyImage Program is something that is unique to Delta Delta Delta.  The program serves to promote apositive body image to sorority women across the country and to allow women tofeel empowered by the beauty they already have.  To help support this program, Delta Epsilon participated ina national awareness week called Fat Talk Free Week.  For the event our chapter offered the campus community theopportunity to “throw away” a post it with a insecure comment about themselves,write something that they love about their body on a full sized body diagramand to bash a piñata that said “Fat Talk.”  Our chapter passed out orange bracelets to remind people of theirown beauty and we wrote on campus sidewalks stating positive sayings such as “Youare Beautiful,” “Don’t Count Calories, Count Your Blessings,” “Marilyn Monroewas a size 12 and the modern model, a size 0.”  In addition to reaching out to the campus community, one ofmy sisters created an incredible video about this current issue.  Featuring many women from the DeltaEpsilon chapter, the video shows women addressing their insecurities and howthey are able to be confident with the body they have by “banning” fat talk.

Our chapter’s purpose was to promote something that many,including myself, are so insecure about.Our society today puts too much emphasis on our size and weight whenevery woman should embrace the beauty that she possesses.  Our purpose was to promote that and toliberate every woman from the woman she sees on TV or in a magazine.  We wanted to at least reach out to onewoman and make her feel better about herself.  I think we accomplished that.

Fat Talk Free Week was something I never knew wasincorporated into the life of a sorority girl.  As I continue on with my senior year in college I reflect onall the positives of Tri Delta.This program is one of them.I urge all collegians, at any age, to consider Greek Life for reasonssuch as Fat Talk Free Week.  EveryGreek Chapter has initiatives and philanthropic pursuits that contribute to oursociety.  Greek Life remains aplace for men and women to come together to contribute to larger issues andthere is a chapter for everyone.Greek Life can truly help any person looking to change the lives of others.

For more information about Fat Talk Free Week please visit: http://www.bodyimageprogram.org/2009/09/fattalkfreeweek/

To view my sister’s video please visit and click on the videotitled “Find Your Beauty":

 http://apps.facebook.com/fattalkfree/ 

 

As my fourth year at Millikin has arrived, I have thought alot about the things that I have done.I joined a sorority, went to McDonalds way past my bedtime, drank toomany polar pops to even count, interned with a State Representative, ate morethan 100 pounds of chips and salsa at Mi Pueb, lobbied in Springfield, and met so many amazing people.I love looking back to all the memories I have made and I treasure the moments I have spent with the women of Tri Delta.  But, this year I am also thinking about some of the thingsthat I have still yet to do.Four years may seem like a long time, but as my senior year rolls on, Iam amazed at the things I have yet to accomplish.   My time here has flown by!

While many people would choose to introduce themselves in their first post, I am going to do things a little differently.  I am going to share my “bucket list” with you and as I scratch eachone off, I will document the experience.I’m calling it my “Millikin Bucket List.”  

The list is as follows:

    1.     Eat a Kreckel’s burger and Cherry Coke

    2.     Have breakfast at Debbie’s Diner

    3.  Go to UTop with my little sister Nikki Smith

    4.  Walk through the underground tunnels at Millikin

    5.  Visit Tri Delta’s National Headquarters in Texas

    6.  Write a personal check to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital

    7.  Have “Violets” sung to me

    8.  Go to the plunge for IFC’s formal recruitment

    9.  Dye my hair red

    10. Go to downtown Decatur and have Dell’s popcorn

Even though I have only listed ten things, I think it’s agood start!  My hope is, that as Icross things off, I can add new ones.My goal is to accomplished all that Icould at Millikin before my graduation.  Graduation mayseem far, but I have a feeling that these next few months are going to go by soquickly and I really want to make the best of every day here. Unfortunately you only get four years here in theMillibubble.

 
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