challenging “standards”

who sets those anyway?

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I know this article is a little old and I’ve been meaning to write a really thought provoking blog about this article, or at least highlighting it but since January nothing has come to me. Thanks to Delta Phi Epsilon, one of their philanthropies is ANAD, and since college the topic of body image has always been on the forefront. I wanted to get the word out about this awesome new campaign and rather than writing something you don’t want to read, let me just give you the facts, how’s that?

Body image is huge for both men and women. When you see a photo in a magazine or on a billboard it’s more than likely “touched up”. Airbrushing is something that is detrimental to our society. We need to stop comparing ourselves. We need to put them emphasis on health rather than skinny or fat.

Back in January, aerie announced that the ads are “challenging supermaerie 1odel standards by featuring unretouched models in their latest collection of bras, undies and apparel.” Sure, one campaign isn’t solve the complicated of an individual’s self-esteems and images of women in media, but we have to start somewhere. The fact that one brand, aerie, is now showing off their cute bras and undies on bodies with real rolls, lines and curves, is certainly going to help.

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So, what do you think about the ad?

Always, remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you, my dear, are beautiful. The real you is sexy, don’t think otherwise.

DIMES

a HSO!

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It’s always nice to see things you start get tweaked for the better and used on a national level. DIMES for DPhiE is one of those things for me. Back in the Spring of 2010, I created a fundraiser for my Chapter called Lincoln for Lincoln. Essentially, the fundraiser goes as follows, you write an ask letter and attach a penny (Lincoln) and you are asking for a $5.00 bill (Lincoln) in exchange. I digress, DIMES 4 DPhiE (D4D) is a fundraising initiative held during the month of March to commemorate our Founders, the DIMES: Dorothy, Ida, Minna, Eve and Sylvia. The numbers came back and we rocked it this year! The text below is an email I woke up to this morning. Congratulations Delta Phi Epsilon! 

As DIMES for DPhiE has come to a close, we would like to thank those who participated and donated for their generous contributions and commitment to the Educational Foundation of Delta Phi Epsilon.

In the 31 days of March, collegians, alumnae and friends of DPhiE were able to come together and raise over $102,528.15, far exceeding our goal of $75,000!

This support allow the Foundation to inspire and empower our sisterhood to engage in a lifetime of leadership and service. We truly couldn’t do it without sisters like you!

Sororally,
Lindsay Smith
Development Coordinator

p.s. If you didn’t have an opportunity to participate in D4D, we will be unveiling a new program this May. Keep an eye on the Foundation Facebook page for more information!

founder’s day

 here’s to 97 years

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97 years ago today, five incredibly determined and forward thinking young women founded an organization that continues to strive for the equality, innovation and empowerment of women! Today, I celebrate every sister past, present and future. Today, I thank you for your impact, contribution and dedication!

imageToday, Delta Phi Epsilon celebrate their Founders. I’m lucky enough to be one of those women paying homage to the founding ladies of DPhiE. Today, we hope that you take a moment to honor those sisters who have come before us and the future sisters who will be carrying on our traditions.

a heartwarming surprise

the super bowl

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I was really intrigued after I saw that my sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon, made it on to TSM (Total Sorority Move). After opening the article, I realized it was a truly amazing heartwarming story about the sister of DPhiE (UMich). They surprised their house mom with tickets to the Super Bowl!

These are the things that I miss the most about my undergrad. To me, DPhiE was (and still is) my home away from home. TSM puts it the best: If your sorority house is your home away from home, then your sorority house mom is your momma away from momma. We’re at the age where we start to realize just how nurturing, selfless, and loving (albeit crazy) our mothers are. We’ve also started to realize how we’ve even taken them for granted. Every one in 50 or so times, most of us will try and give back.

When we give back…we really give back. Watch this clip, it will explain the immense gratitude and appreciation I have towards my fellow sisters.

philanthropy

involvement with The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.® (ANAD)

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One huge draw to Delta Phi Epsilon was it’s philanthropies. Delta Phi Epsilon has two organizations that we are involved with philanthropically, ANAD and CFF. Each year, DPhiE tries to out-do themselves when it comes to the events, promotion and raising money. The promotion of philanthropy and these events become bigger and better as the years go by. 1dc44b7d12bc528f5829f51ffb288c33

Sororities (and Fraternities) support a wide range of charitable causes across the nation. Most make an annual, national commitment to the same cause . A basic tenet of all National Panhellenic Conference member groups is service, a word that most sorority women take seriously from college well into their retirement years. NPC’s 26 member sororities, Alumnae Panhellenic associations and College Panhellenic associations have the freedom to choose how they spend their service time. “The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live,” according to the NPC Creed.

DPhiE now recognizes ANAD twice, once in fall semester and once in spring semester, by the sisters.  ANAD advocates for the development of healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors.  The organization promotes eating disorder awareness, prevention and recovery through supporting, educating, and connecting individuals, families and professionals.

Today is our third annual Deepher Dude (man) pageant. All proceeds go to ANAD. I couldn’t be more excited to be back at Winona State for this monumental moment for my Chapter (Alpha Tau). Participating in a cause that is so near to my heart is exciting. I am excited for my Chapter to woo me with their knowledge, grace, hilarity, and creativity.  The toughest challenge is getting people to an event, but once they are there– sit back, relax, because these girls are going to stomp the stage. I have a great feeling about this Deepher Dude event.

Remember, beauty isn’t a mold; break it.

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the epitome of a crafternoon

sipping & painting

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Four and a half years ago I made one of the best decisions of my life: rushing a sorority. Upon rushing, I didn’t hold Greeks to a high regard, nor did I understand what being Greek was all about, and worst of all I judged, classified, and stereotyped all of them. Not until my sister invited me down for family weekend with her sorority (Chi Omega) I didn’t get it. I didn’t understand why you would essentially “pay for your friends”. After that picnic and family outing something clicked, soon after I learned that my Orientation Leader in college was Greek and she was a Deepher.

Four and a half years ago, I rushed Delta Phi Epsilon, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Since graduating college and being on my own, I was worried that I would lose my DPhiE roots. I made it a priority that I wouldn’t cut those ties. Being Greek isn’t about four years, it’s for life, and frankly it really bothers me when people now will say oh, I was a so-and-so…no, just because you’re not an active doesn’t mean you are not a part of that organization. You most certainly are. I forever and always will be a Deepher.

With all of that being said, yesterday was a perfect day with my DPhiE alumnae sisters. A year and a half ago I co-founded the Delta Phi Epsilon DC Area Alumnae Association, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome so far. Yesterday, was a lovelycrafts afternoon spent doing something new and something old. We put together our DPhiE past with the present. We crafted, we drank, we reminisced and laughed.  Having the opportunity to meet and connect with such awesome women is something I will always be forever grateful for. These women truly brighten my day yesterday and really helped me out when I was in a funk.

Crafting is one of the most enjoyable things, it’s such a great stress reviler, and not to mention it’s a creative outlet! A crafternoon with champagne and wine glasses, was an awesome treat! Sure we don’t get together all the time, but when we do, you better believe we are going to have a great time and not let a moment pass us by!

As it’s been said buniefore: “People ask why I am in a sorority and I try to explain all the things a sorority is that they cannot see. A sorority is more than letters on a sweatshirt, I say. More than traditional songs, a gold pin, rituals, and obligation, or a way of life. A sorority is learning about people, a sorority is giving without expecting a return. A sorority is earning respect from others, as well as for yourself. A sorority will not solve all your problems. But I have made good friends and found confidence there to help me take life one step at a time.” And you know what all of this just goes to show,  you get what you put in– so maybe it’s true, maybe “paying for your friends” gets you those awesome gems and diamonds in the ruff that you wouldn’t have found otherwise.

My heΔrt. My sφul. My lifE. #ΔφΕ