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From the Wires: Credible or Crap?
August 18, 2008, 3:38 pm
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A freshman inquiring mind wants to know:

“I went to the keg when I visited Nu and it seemed be pretty crowded with a lot of freshman. When i spoke to my host student, she told me that most people that go to the keg are freshmen and sophomores, but that police come in and arrest students some time.”

What do you think? Credible or crap?

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How to Survive: Midterms and Finals
August 17, 2008, 7:41 pm
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NU is a strong academic school…no one will challenge that. Whether your major is tough or not…well, that’s something people will constantly bring into debate. If you’re a Comm Studies, Theater, RTVF, Philosophy, SESP, or History major, well, sorry, but you’re going to be the butt of jokes about easy classes for 4 years. And as for you pre-meds, econ majors, and other “hard majors”? You can shut the fuck up about hard classes…in case you forgot: you picked your own major. Deal with it.

If you’re an average student at NU (meaning you were an above-average student in HS), you can follow a simple routine to basically get by with a decent GPA for 4 years. Here’s how it works:

Don’t do any work for the first 4 weeks of class.
Study your ass off weeks 5 and 6 for midterms.*
Don’t do any work for weeks 7, 8, or 9.
Study your ass off for Finals in week 10.

*If your midterms last from weeks 3-7 like some students, alter routine accordingly.

Basically, you’ll do nothing in the beginning of the quarter (hence the massive lines at the Keg and the Deuce at the start of each quarter), and you’ll do a ton of work in the middle and at the end.

By the end of NU, I basically figured out a way to get all of my shit done on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays so I could go out every other day of the week. Did I have “easier” majors? By premed standards, yes. But, I also took almost all 300-level and senior seminar classes by my last two years of NU…so it wasn’t a cakewalk.

Study your CTECs religiously before choosing a class…these can clue you in to which class to take. Trust me: a less interesting subject with a brilliant professor is much better than an interesting subject with a bad professor. Professors can make you hate your favorite subject very easily. Trust the students who came before you, and you’ll have a hard time going wrong.

Also…study the finals schedule for Winter Quarter and plan your classes accordingly. Spring Break may only be one week long, but I manipulated my finals so that I would have a three week long break each year (lots of papers= no work reading week, finals week, spring break week).

It’s all a game of manipulation and learning how to work the system. The quicker you adapt, the easier your classes will be.

-RR



Greek Girls: A Phi
August 17, 2008, 6:37 am
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A PHI

Known for: nicest sorority girls, dicks on rush shirts, don’t go out much

Celeb most likely to rush: Ashley Tisdale. Why? Check out RR’s Celebrity Rush.

Pros: A Phi is a very well respected house on campus. Known for their good looks and nice personalities, they have developed a devoted male fan base who proudly wear their t-shirts around campus. As a house, they are extremely hard to stereotype because they are much more diverse than other sororities on campus and have a wide membership base. Also, apparently, last year’s rush went better than expected with them dominating in the first few nights of rush (whether that held up or not til the end of Rush is controversial). A Phi is a great place for girls who don’t seem to be the sorority girl type or don’t want to be caught up in Greek life all that much. Additionally, A Phi seems to be very bonded as a house- preferring to spend time with each other much more than any other girl on campus.
Cons: A Phi is hard to stereotype, but not impossible. Sure, A Phis are nice, but don’t you want something with some spice? One thing the house is overwhelmingly criticized for- it’s lack of personality. Yes, they avoid many of the negative stereotypes of Greek life, but it’s because they go out much less than their upper tier counterparts and aren’t as well known on campus as other girls. They are also much closer because they have much fewer friends outside of their house and become cliquey as a sorority. Also, while other top tier houses become competitive with each other over girls, A Phi seems to be more of an afterthought, where girls go when they don’t fit in somewhere else. Also, last year, A Phi became a bit of a joke during Fall Quarter when they mistakenly printed penises on the back of their rush shirts (they were supposed to be roses).

A Phi is a strong house, and one that every freshman girl should take into serious consideration. Being an A Phi may mean avoiding stereotypes and close bonds with sisters, but it also means fewer friends outside of your sorority and being somewhat out of the loop in the Greek world. While I’m sure A Phi girls go out and have fun, they aren’t as prominent in Etown bars or at Greek events. Drinking isn’t a big past time for this house, and socially it shows. While DG, TNT, KKG, PiPhi and DDD have strong relationships with frats, APhi’s tend to be weaker, and they often get randomly matched up for Gone Greek Night, Homecoming, etc. A Phi is definitely not made up of the most talked about girls on campus, but I doubt they would want all the attention anyway.

-RR



From the Wires: Credible or Crap?
August 16, 2008, 4:57 pm
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An incoming freshman wonders:

“OK….so I have started to figure out there are tiers of sorority life. With Kappa, Tridelt, and Theta on top and then it looks like DG and Aphi. After that there are middle ones with Zeta, GammaPhi, and PiPhi. At the bottom is ChiO, A Chi O and KD and DZ. But, what is it that makes one “top three” or bottom tier? I don’t seem to get it. Is it just by looks? Or who is the biggest partiers?”

Do you care to explain it to her? What do you think of her list? Credible or Crap?

-RR



Greek Girls: Tri Delt
August 16, 2008, 12:48 am
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TRI DELT

Known for: “Try Delt”, wild and crazy, top three

Celeb most likely to rush: Britney Spears. Why? Check out RR’s Celeb Rush.

Pros: Tri Delt is one of the strongest and most prominent houses on campus. Each event they sponsor has a huge crowd, and their date parties are crazy campus affairs. Last year’s pledge class has a lot of promise, with one Theta stating “They got the coolest girl on campus, no question. Everyone wanted her and a bunch of others.” While competitive with Theta and Kappa, Tri Delt seems to be more removed from the fighting. Known for their partying, Tri Delts do not let down. Their Spring Jungle Party was insane, as was their past few social events (they have had very limited due to recently lifted social probation). One of their biggest pasttimes is Wednesday night at McFadden’s- where these girls have been known to be bartenders, bar dancers, and everything else you can imagine.

Cons: The Tri Delt of 2008 is not the Tri Delt of 2004. When the “Rushed” documentary came out and revealed Tri Delt’s rush techniques, the house had to go through an overhaul of their recruitment strategies. On top of that, Tri Delt has had social probation for some rule violations, causing them to try to keep a low profile. These issues combined for a messy rush in 2007. The rising junior don’t epitomize what Tri Delt was once known for: “hot brunette girls.” On top of that, Tri Delt’s strongest class, their seniors, just graduated. How that will affect them–no one knows.

Tri Delt used to be a house of brunette girls that were out of reach of most guys on campus. In a few years, they’ve fallen from Olympus, but have still remained in an elite tier about most NU guys. With their social probation behind them and new rush tactics in place, they seem to be moving forward and regaining the ground they lost in ’07. Tri Delt is the house with the most shining stars- literally. Stargazers, or what Tri-Ds call their most sought after potential new members, are plentiful in DDD…and they routinely score some of the most highly fought over girls each year in rush. One downside to Tri Delt’s partying image? Sluttiness also goes hand in hand with it (“Try Delt, everyone else has”). But, if you can shake off the small downsides, Tri Delt is one great house to find yourself in.

-RR



Going Greek IV: The 4 B’s
August 15, 2008, 10:29 pm
Filed under: chi o, frosh disorientation, going greek, panhell, rush, sororities


Before rush begins, each girl is warned about the topics that are “off limits” during recruitment for a number of reasons. These forbidden topics, known as the “4 B’s” by PanHel are: the Bible, Bush, boys, and booze. So, why lay off these topics? Let me explain…

The Bible
Some sororities are much more religious than others. I don’t mean this in a “DG is the jewish sorority” type of way. I mean this in the fact that Chi O and other sororities have a high percentage of members who take part in Campus Crusade for Christ and other organizations. Each sorority has girls in a range of religions, however, some are much more serious about worship than others. DG and Kappa may have a lot of Jewish members, but they tend to be culturally Jewish, rather than practicing Jews (there’s a big difference). So, when going through rush, it’s probably best to leave God out of the picture and keep quiet about religion. Without religion present, the sorority quads are already enough at war during Rush Week…

Bush
Conservative or liberal? Don’t talk about it during rush. While NU is a relatively apathetic campus, some people are crazy about their politics. Especially if you are a Republican, I would stay quiet during rush…Bush hating is at an all time high, and you will immediately be labeled a “crazy Bush lover” if you come out swinging for W during rush. By the time January comes around, the election will be long over, but whether Barack or John comes out on top, it’s still best to keep quiet about it.

Boys
“Oh my god, I hooked up with so many guys last fall!” Wrong thing to say. Being a party girl who likes to go out is very different than being labeled a slut during Rush…and walking that line is a delicate balance. Also, be extremely cautious of what guys you talk about. If you are in Theta and begin talking about how you had sex with some girl’s boyfriend in Sig Ep…well, there is a good likelihood that the girl you’re talking about may be in front of you.

Booze
Most houses want to recruit girls that go out and portray a good image for their house. This includes girls who like to party, but know how to handle their alcohol. Girls will quickly cut girls who brag about vomiting, passing out, or have embarassing stories…wait til after rush to do those things. Also, some houses, like Chi O and DZ look down on girls that go out a lot. So, if you want those houses, make sure you don’t talk about going to class still buzzed from last night.

This year, PanHel will probably try to introduce a “5th B…Blogs.” PanHel hates RR and other sites that talk about Greek life, so it’s a good possibility they’ll try to keep girls quiet about them. We’ll see what happens…

-RR



Going Greek IV: The 4 B’s
August 15, 2008, 10:29 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized


Before rush begins, each girl is warned about the topics that are “off limits” during recruitment for a number of reasons. These forbidden topics, known as the “4 B’s” by PanHel are: the Bible, Bush, boys, and booze. So, why lay off these topics? Let me explain…

The Bible
Some sororities are much more religious than others. I don’t mean this in a “DG is the jewish sorority” type of way. I mean this in the fact that Chi O and other sororities have a high percentage of members who take part in Campus Crusade for Christ and other organizations. Each sorority has girls in a range of religions, however, some are much more serious about worship than others. DG and Kappa may have a lot of Jewish members, but they tend to be culturally Jewish, rather than practicing Jews (there’s a big difference). So, when going through rush, it’s probably best to leave God out of the picture and keep quiet about religion. Without religion present, the sorority quads are already enough at war during Rush Week…

Bush
Conservative or liberal? Don’t talk about it during rush. While NU is a relatively apathetic campus, some people are crazy about their politics. Especially if you are a Republican, I would stay quiet during rush…Bush hating is at an all time high, and you will immediately be labeled a “crazy Bush lover” if you come out swinging for W during rush. By the time January comes around, the election will be long over, but whether Barack or John comes out on top, it’s still best to keep quiet about it.

Boys
“Oh my god, I hooked up with so many guys last fall!” Wrong thing to say. Being a party girl who likes to go out is very different than being labeled a slut during Rush…and walking that line is a delicate balance. Also, be extremely cautious of what guys you talk about. If you are in Theta and begin talking about how you had sex with some girl’s boyfriend in Sig Ep…well, there is a good likelihood that the girl you’re talking about may be in front of you.

Booze
Most houses want to recruit girls that go out and portray a good image for their house. This includes girls who like to party, but know how to handle their alcohol. Girls will quickly cut girls who brag about vomiting, passing out, or have embarassing stories…wait til after rush to do those things. Also, some houses, like Chi O and DZ look down on girls that go out a lot. So, if you want those houses, make sure you don’t talk about going to class still buzzed from last night.

This year, PanHel will probably try to introduce a “5th B…Blogs.” PanHel hates RR and other sites that talk about Greek life, so it’s a good possibility they’ll try to keep girls quiet about them. We’ll see what happens…

-RR