Phired Up recently selected a group of 10 undergraduate students from across the US and across fraternity/sorority membership. This group of students will provide Phired Up with valuable feedback about the undergraduate experience, how to make our messages more relevant and inclusive, and what resources undergraduate fraternities and sororities need to help them grow, engage, and retain more high-quality members.
See below to meet our Inaugural Student Voice Coalition. We asked them a set of silly and serious questions to get to know them better. Below you’ll find some of their responses:
Todd Edmonds: Delta Tau Delta – Oklahoma State University
Todd Edmonds: Delta Tau Delta – Oklahoma State University
What are two things you love about your hometown? Traffic jams only come from slow tractors and basketball is the end all be all.
Why do you love being Greek? The immediate impact that we have on people’s lives whether it be new freshmen in our organization or the sweet old lady we rake leaves for.
What is the name of the person(s) that is the reason you joined? Nathan Hammond.
List five things that are your favorite. Math, Dogs, Motorcycles, Lemon pound cake with frosting, Teaching
Anything else? I am not the best at understanding sarcasm.
Molly Bennett: Alpha Omicron Pi – Northeastern State University
What are your two things you love about your hometown? I’m from Tulsa, Oklahoma. My favorite things about Tulsa are Riverside Drive and Downtown. I love being from Oklahoma!
What is your third favorite color? Purple.
Why do you love being Greek? I love being Greek because it teaches people to become better versions of themselves. I’ve learned life lessons that I don’t think I would know the kindness and charity that I do if it weren’t for being a Greek Woman.
What is the name of the person that is the reason you joined? Abby Beck.
List five things that are your favorite. Some of my favorite things are: Dogs, Office Supplies, Mexican Food, Traveling, and Kendra Scott earrings!
Mindy Cao: Alpha Sigma Tau – Oakland University
What are two things you love about your hometown? I grew up in Sterling Heights, MI and I love that it’s a city filled with so many diverse people. They make up many different races, cultures and life experiences that interacting with them on a daily basis teaches me to accept differences in others. I also love the annual art and music fair, Sterlingfest every summer. It’s a weekend where the community can get together to enjoy the dog days of summer.
What is your third favorite color? Mint Green.
Who is the person that is the reason you joined? Lisa-Marie Fredericks, my chapter advisor.
What do you love being Greek? I love being Greek because it allows me to meet and work with the most inspiring and motivational leaders in the community. Greek life is all about making the connections so chances are that if you need help with anything, Greek life can provide you the resource to them.
List five things that are your favorite: Favorite Animals: Kittens, Favorite Book: Harry Potter Series, Favorite Beverage: Tea, Favorite Artist: Sara Bareilles, Favorite Quote: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~ C.S. Lewis
Luis Lopez: Sigma Nu – Midwestern State University
What are two things you love about your hometown? My two favorite things about Fort Worth would have to be the history and diversity Fort Worth has!
What is your third favorite color? Maroon.
What is the name of the person who is the reason you joined? Sam Shelley.
Why do you love being Greek? I love being Greek because it gives me a group of brothers that share the same values and want to achieve the same goals in life that I have.
List five things that are your favorite. My top five favorite things are my family, soccer, being from Texas, going to Midwestern State, and my fraternity.
Kelci Jacoby: Delta Gamma – Willamette University
What are two things you love about your hometown? Being from Helena, Montana, provides the ability to drive between 10-30 minutes and be at a river, lake or creek to fish. Also, the culture of Helena, and friendliness of the people is a definite plus!
What is your third favorite color? Purple.
List five things that are your favorite. Fly Fishing, history, Montana, animals, and my family.
Why do you love being Greek? The leadership possibilities, the fact that we are all bonded together by being in Greek organizations, and the ritual of my organization are my favorites.
What is the name of the person(s) that is the reason you joined? I didn’t join because of one specific person, there were many reasons I joined. Hannah Goodwater, my Big, is the reason I stayed.
Emily Wychoff: Zeta Tau Alpha – Texas Tech University
What are two things you love about your hometown? Well, my hometown (humblebrag) is really good at football. I am proud to be where I am from, and I loved high school! It it also a suburb, so I got to enjoy a small town and big city life. These are the things I love the most!
What is your third favorite color: Grey.
What is the name of the person that is the reason you joined? Madeleine Cloutier.
Why do you love being Greek? I love being a part of something bigger than myself. I am able to walk through campus or fly across the country, and have a network of people that I am connected to.
List five things that are your favorite: My favorite things include: dogs (puppies included), my bed and the 10 pillows on it, chocolate and anything with chocolate in it, all things gold and glittery and girly, and The Bachelor.
Nicholas Bratvold: Lambda Chi Alpha – University of South Dakota
What are two things you love about your hometown? (Greencastle, PA) I loved how small-town and friendly the atmosphere was but, at the same time, how easy it would be to leave or a weekend to visit the Capitol, VA Beach, and a slew of other locations.
What’s you’re third favorite color? Purple.
What’s the name of the person who is the reason you joined? Michael Roach & James Gulbranson
List five things that are your favorite: The movie A Good Year, Chinese food, The Remedy by Jason Mraz, Fall, and the poem Bluebird by Charles Bukowski.
Why do you love being Greek? I love being Greek because of the relationships it breeds. It seems to me that there’s a special kind of courage and selflessness that comes with the men and women I have met through Sorority and Fraternity Life. The relationships can be wild, stressful, rewarding, exciting, and time-consuming but usually there is a mixture of all of these and always for the benefit of something larger than one’s self.
Sara Burns: Alpha Sigma Tau – Belmont University
What are two things you love about your hometown? I was born and raised in Binghamton, NY (way upstate, an hour north of Syracuse) and loved Joey’s Italian Ice (the best place to get Italian Ice) and the history of the carousel in that city is amazing. We have six in the entire town that you can go on for free and it was all thanks to Charles and George F Johnson. When they were little it cost a nickel to ride the carousel (which was expensive in the late 1800′s) and they did not understand why someone would have to pay for this luxury. So when they became older and created the Johnson show factory they bought the carousels in Binghamton and made them free. They are still free to this day!
What is your third favorite color? Slate Blue.
What is the name of the person who is the reason you joined? Sammie Gould and Allison Short.
List 5 things that are your favorite: My favorite animal is a small clawed Asian otter, favorite word is pickle, favorite movie is Pride & Prejudice (with Kiera Knightly), favorite musical artist Mumford & Sons and my favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chip cookie dough.
Why do you love being Greek? I love Greek life because I feel like I am a part of something bigger then myself and that I am making a change in the world, even if it is a very little change. I love how I have grown as a person and the connections I have made throughout my college career. I love how I am now a strong and confident leader because my sisterhood showed me that I can be one.
Madison McGahan: Zeta Tau Alpha – Lehigh University
What are two things you love about your hometown? The two things I love about my hometown are that it is the same distance from NYC and the beach, so I get the best of both worlds and there are so many amazing restaurants and diners.
What is your third favorite color? Yellow.
Why do you love being Greek? I love being Greek because it has given me amazing leadership opportunities, a voice to make change, and has introduced me to friends that I will have for a lifetime.
List five things that are your favorite. Puppies, the beach, all music from R&B to throwbacks to 90′s alternative rock bands…but I especially love Gavin DeGraw, Netflix, playing basketball or volleyball
Anything Else? This past year as a ZTA and student at Lehigh University, I have dedicated my time to bridging the gap between the LGBT community and Greek Life at Lehigh. As a member of both communities, I am dedicated to getting rid of the stereotype that an identity to the two communities cannot be. This past fall semester I organized Lehigh University’s first Pride Walk where all different organizations, including Greek chapters and athletic teams attended to show their support for the LGBTQIA community. This is a cause I am very passionate about and dedicated to.
Emily Pride: Alpha Omicron Pi – Western Kentucky University
What are two things you love about your hometown? My hometown is also my college town! We have the most restaurants per capita so there’s always something tasty to eat.
What is your third favorite color? My third favorite color is AOII’s official color – cardinal (red!).
What is the name of the person(s) that is the reason you joined? Dr. Charles Pride & Julie Pride.
Why do you love being Greek? I love being Greek because I admire the challenge it issues: to become the greatest version of yourself through union with others.
List five things that are your favorite. Diet Coke, Lilly Pulitzer, helping St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, polka dots, the book “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg.