Monday, July 17, 2017

Alpha Chi Omega Spring Semester Recap

READY TO ROCK
In February, our sisters participated in “Greek Sing,” an event produced by Greek Life in which sororities and fraternities are paired together to sing, dance, and act in a creative performance that coincides with the theme given. We were paired with the gracious men of Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Iota Alpha to bring rock n’ roll alive on the Greek Life stage! With teased hair, 80s style bleached t-shirts, and grungy leather pants, we performed excerpts from the musical Rock of Ages. Our sisters contributed their talents, which ranged from dance, theatre, and music. That, mixed with our determination to deliver a fun flashback to one of the most definitive eras of music, created an energetic performance that only strengthened our bond as a chapter.
 
SERVING WITH SISTERS
Hera Day is a national Alpha Chi Omega day of service. Every year, on February 1st, our sisters devote time to serve locally in hopes of spreading what Alpha Chi Omega represents: love of community and dedication to the wellbeing of others. Each time Hera Day arrives, we grow closer in our bonds with the places that need our service the most in the Fayetteville community. We learned so much from Hera Day this year. From volunteering at Peace At Home Shelter to assisting in the after-school program at LifeSource, we were happy to lift up our community through service.

AXO HEARTS THE ARTS
February might be cold, but it brings our sisters one exciting thing: MacDowell Month! MacDowell Month is one of our favorite times of second semester because it comes with a task: support the arts. Since Alpha Chi Omega was founded as a musical sorority in 1885, we are naturally attracted to the fine arts. MacDowell Month helps us celebrate our artistic heritage. This year, our sisters took trips to Crystal Bridges Museum, the WaltonArts Center, TheatreSquared, jazz concerts, symphonies, and film festivals. We cannot be Alpha Chi Omega without the arts, so MacDowell Month is an opportunity to grow closer to our creative roots and support the arts on national and local levels.

ALPHA CHI TOURS WITH KANYE
Sigma Chi’s annual event, Derby Days, was a major success for Alpha Chi Omega! In addition to having a great time competing at the field events, we got THIRD PLACE for our hip-hop/jazz dance at Variety Night. We performed“Sigma Chi Tour,” which included Kanye outfits and featured Kanye’s best hits. Our dancers worked tirelessly throughout the month of April to make our performance entertaining. From quick changes to backflips to a surprise “appearance” from Taylor Swift and Kanye, we had a great time showing the audience our dancing talents. The best reward from our performance was winning third place. All of our hard work was paid off in that moment. We cannot wait for Derby Days next year!

A LITTLE GETAWAY
To end the semester, we hosted our annual sisterhood retreat. Getting out of Fayetteville and into nature was relaxing, as we had all been stressed for our upcoming finals. We challenged each other on the ropes courses, made memories roasting s’mores by the fire, and had a wonderful time putting on funny skits in front of each other. Even if it was a bit chilly, our bond was strengthened. We love sisterhood retreats because they help us grow closer and we cannot wait for our next one! 

HONEY, WE’RE HOME!

Last, but not least, we got some exciting news this semester! If Alpha Chi Omega’s semester could be summed up in two words, it would be…MAPLE STREET! On April 2nd, Greek Life announced Delta Rho would be moving to 722 W. Maple Street as early as Fall 2018. The house reveal was a special moment for AXO because after nearly five years of hard work, we are building a gorgeous house. Alumnae from years past returned to deliver the heartwarming news. As our chapter president Meg Mikkelson announced the house, our sisters erupted in cheers and tears of joy. Our dream of having a house had finally come true and we couldn’t have been more excited in that moment. Now, we are eager to begin construction. Our house plans (pictured nearby) are all that we imagined and will make a wonderful home for our sisters both current and future. We cannot wait to break ground next semester and begin building. It’s a dream come true!


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