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<ul><li><p>7/30/2019 ENGL 1101-Ethnography Final Draft Revision</p><p> 1/5</p><p>Caroline Smith</p><p>Mr. Borrero</p><p>ENGL 1101</p><p>23 November 2012</p><p>Literacy throughout Chi Omega</p><p>Chi Omega is the largest womens organization in the world. Its 174 active collegiate</p><p>chapters and over 230 alumnae chapters, holding 310,000 initiates make up this strong sisterhood</p><p>that all began at the University of Arkansas in 1895. The commitment to being womanly always,</p><p>discouraged never, kind, sincere, and loyal are just some of the qualities possessed by Chi</p><p>Omega women, that is depicted in the Chi Omega Symphony, written by Ethel Switzer Howard</p><p>in 1904: To live constantly above snobbery of word or deed; to place scholarship before social</p><p>obligations and character before appearances; to be in the best sense, democratic rather than</p><p>"exclusive", and lovable rather than "popular"; to work earnestly, to speak kindly, to act</p><p>sincerely, to choose thoughtfully that course which occasion and conscience demand; to be</p><p>womanly always; to be discouraged never; in a word, to be loyal under any and all</p><p>circumstances to my Fraternity and her highest teachings and to have her welfare ever at heart</p><p>that she may be a symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant</p><p>note."The purpose of my subculture essay is to display how to largest womens organization in</p><p>the world, Chi Omega, uses literacy in educating new members the importance of Sisterhood,</p><p>Hellenic Cultures, and Christian Ideals.</p><p>Comment [c1]: Remember paper is fo</p><p>the LITERACY in Chi Omega, not just the </p><p>Comment [c2]: Add more emphasis t</p><p>component of the Purpose Statement th</p><p>the paper.</p></li><li><p>7/30/2019 ENGL 1101-Ethnography Final Draft Revision</p><p> 2/5</p><p>My research ofChi Omega wouldnt have been possible without going through the</p><p>process of Formal Recruitment Week. Formal Recruitment Week at the University of North</p><p>Carolina at Charlotte is ran by the National PanHellenic Conference; in which is one of the</p><p>oldest and largest womens membership organizations that provides support and guidance to all</p><p>the sororities on campus and throughout the country (Meet). During this week, college students</p><p>who are interested in joining a sorority engage in meet and greets sponsored by each of the six</p><p>sororities on campus, Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Zeta, Kappa Delta, Sigma Kappa, and</p><p>Zeta Tau Alpha (Fraternities). As the week continues, the sororities along with the prospective</p><p>members eliminate the ones they didnt enjoy more than others. By the end of the week, the</p><p>prospective member had chosen one or two sororities which had chosen them as well. This</p><p>brings you to Bid Day, the day where the woman receives her bid, theformal invitation ofmembership in a fraternity or sorority (Greek). The Chi Omega chapter at the University of</p><p>North Carolina at Charlotte is the Delta Kappa chapter. Each chapter is given a specific Greek</p><p>alphabet title that is decided in a secret way. The Delta Kappa chapter prides itself on being the</p><p>most well-rounded women on UNC Charlottes campus. It is expected for each sister and new</p><p>member to make higher grades than the average woman, be involved in more campus activities,</p><p>and perform more community service. Nationals higher standard for a Chi Omega woman is not</p><p>skimped for the Delta Kappa chapter. The Delta Kappa chapter has also been nationally</p><p>recognized for their exceptional work with Chi Omegas philanthropy, Make-A-Wish.</p><p>Philanthropy is the desire to promote the welfare of others or a charity. The Make-A-Wish</p><p>foundation is a charity in which children with chronic diseases are given the opportunity to have</p><p>any wish granted. The Delta Kappa chapter raised enough money in the past year to grant two</p><p>wishes; which is unheard of since most chapters didnt even raise enough to grant one.</p><p>Comment [c3]: Somehow became ita</p></li><li><p>7/30/2019 ENGL 1101-Ethnography Final Draft Revision</p><p> 3/5</p><p>As I engaged in research of Chi Omega, I learned Sisterhood was a top priority to each of</p><p>these women. New members are taught the importance of having sisters from the moment they</p><p>received their bid. After celebrating with sisters on Bid Day, new members are given an Owl</p><p>Pal, whom is normally the initiated sister in which you interacted with the most during Formal</p><p>Recruitment Week. This is also the sister who preffed, or preferred you to be in Chi Omega.</p><p>You spend one week with her, going to events, dinners, and spending time getting to know one</p><p>another. The next week, you are given a new Owl Pal and do the same things with her. These</p><p>two women are the ones you choose your Big sister from. The Big andLittle process is</p><p>done by mutual selection and revealed in a set of riddles. This Big and Little experience</p><p>engage Sisterhood by giving each of the women a role model and sister they can take under their</p><p>wing to help with the transition in becoming an initiated sister. Another way Sisterhood grows is</p><p>through Sisterhood retreats. At the past retreat, girls were split into groups and discussed their</p><p>past, pits, peeks, and how they have overcome them. This not only brought everyone closer</p><p>together as a family, but also used literacy by communicating with one another.</p><p>Literacy is used throughout learning Sisterhood. In order to even become a sister, new</p><p>members must complete the new member program, which entails lots of reading and writing.</p><p>New members are required to read and memorize key historical facts, songs, oaths, and the</p><p>official Chi Omega Symphony. They are tested on the historical facts, such as Chi Omegas</p><p>founding date, founders, and important information regarding the sororitys past. This all takes</p><p>place in weekly new member meetings where facts are obtained, written down, and studied. New</p><p>members must also read and memorize the new member oath, in which declares their intentions</p><p>and pledge to be in the best interest of the sorority, and willingness to prepare for initiation.</p><p>Comment [c4]: Seems very choppy, s</p><p>transitions from thought to thought to br</p><p>into paragraph while displaying the first s</p><p>becoming a sister.</p></li><li><p>7/30/2019 ENGL 1101-Ethnography Final Draft Revision</p><p> 4/5</p><p>During the initiation process, new members also learn about the Chi Omega Opening</p><p>Declaration, Hellenic Cultures and Christian Ideals. These both are held high in the values of</p><p>each Chi Omega as it stands for their beliefs and actions. Hellenic refers to the efforts and</p><p>enlightenment of the Greek world and how the Chi Omega founding purposes, sisterhood, high</p><p>standards of personnel, scholarship, campus activities, community service, and career and</p><p>personal development (Chi). Literacy is used widely through each of these aspects in which</p><p>make up a Hellenic woman. Referring to interviews with Chi Omegas President, Meghan</p><p>Gibson, and new member, Amanda Lopez, both women agree the chapter could not run or even</p><p>exist without literacy. As mentioned previously, sisterhood and literacy relate by communicating</p><p>and interacting with one another. Sisters use Facebook pages to relay information pertaining to</p><p>personal or chapter events. High standards of personnel can be gained by using literacy. While</p><p>observing the Sisterhood Retreat, I recognized much of the executive council did not have the</p><p>confidence to be in a leadership position before joining Chi Omega. One in particular was given</p><p>the integrity by her fellow sisters, along with the opportunities Chi Omega offers each member to</p><p>better themselves in workshops to improve their study skills and work ethic. Scholarship is also</p><p>uplifted by these workshops. Literacy plays a key role in scholarship also by having to log in</p><p>study hours in which are recorded and sent to nationals to ensure to place scholarship before</p><p>social obligations is in affect as the symphony states. Campus activities and community service</p><p>rely on organization, emails, meetings, letters, and phone calls in order to ensure events run</p><p>smoothly and effectively. Finally, career and personal development enlists computer readings,</p><p>surveys, and meetings in which teach members how to remain successful once we graduate.</p><p>Literacy plays a diverse role throughout Hellenic women by maintaining their values.</p><p>Comment [c5]: Define more efficient</p></li><li><p>7/30/2019 ENGL 1101-Ethnography Final Draft Revision</p><p> 5/5</p><p>The Christian Ideals portion of the Chi Omega opening declaration refers to sisters</p><p>always being women of God who strive for the common good. Literacy comes into effect most</p><p>prominently during Bible Study. Bible Study is held once a week at the Chi Omega house.</p><p>During this time, sisters read and study verses from the bible and reflect on how the teachings</p><p>can be used in life today. All Chi Omega chapters around the country have Bible Study and all</p><p>share Christian beliefs in which are most important through the transitioning time of college.</p><p>Throughout my experience of being a new member in Chi Omega, I have learned the</p><p>importance of sisterhood and the relationships I am building, but also the importance of the life</p><p>skills I am developing by using literacy in everyday life. I honestly never expecting literacy to be</p><p>so prevalent in a sorority, but the sorority in fact wouldnt exist without literacy. Reading,</p><p>writing, and communication are involved in every aspect, from planning events for the Make-A-</p><p>Wish foundation, bonding with sisters over similar life experiences, or simply taking notes</p><p>during a new member meeting. I have gained a new respect for literacy and what it has</p><p>accomplished in my sorority. Throughout this document, I have displayed the influence literacy</p><p>has on the new member process of Chi Omega and how it teaches the importance of Sisterhood,</p><p>Hellenic cultures, and Christian ideals.</p><p>Chi Os were ideal partners for all occasions. They were discrete, desirable, tactful,</p><p>polite, and fun. Every mom dreamed of her son coming home with a Chi Omega.</p><p>-David Letterman</p><p>Comment [c6]: Add history of how Ch</p><p>founders incorporated Christianity.</p><p>Comment [c7]: Elaborate more in thein order to give a pleasant last paragraph</p><p>every point brought up in the paper.</p></li></ul>


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