Rush Week begins for social clubs on campus

By Caleb Brown, Assistant News Editor

Rush Week for the sisterhood social clubs for the 2019 Spring semester officially began February 18-21.

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The purpose Social Clubs of Oklahoma Baptist University serve are to break away from traditional fraternities and sororities without losing the Greek lifestyle they embody.

“Our Greek-culture is very Christ-focused,” sophomore psychology major and Theta member Rachael Von Dollen said. “We have a higher moral standard,” she said. “Bonds and friendships, however, are as strong as ones made at other colleges’ Greek social clubs.”

The social clubs connect students who live on or off campus and struggle making friends.

“I’m an introvert,” Von Dollen said. “When I looked at the social clubs, I thought I could make new friends through it. They made a big impression on me during Rush Week, and I really enjoy hanging out with my Theta sisters.”

The social clubs are also known for hosting events all around campus.

“I appreciate how much the clubs do collaboratively with one another,” assistant dean of students Mellissa Stroud said. “They are not completely insular or self-serving,” she said. “They are often providing great events for the student body as an act of service and this speaks to the heart of how these clubs are designed.”

The club’s distinction has allowed some of them to last for historic periods, with many new clubs hoping to continue in their footsteps.

“Throughout the past 30+ years, social clubs have played an important role in many of the traditions at OBU,” Stroud said. “They continue to be instrumental in the success of Student Life at OBU. Social Clubs exist to fulfill in part the mission statement of Oklahoma Baptist University.”

The Rushing Social Clubs are Pi Sigma Phi, Kappa Phi Beta and Theta Sigma Chi. Many of the events they host can be seen on the OBU website.

“I hope to continue working with our current student leadership to discover ways to enhance and grow clubs, both in numbers and in depth,” Stroud said. “Our faculty and sponsors play a huge role in the direction and strength of the clubs, and so if change is going to happen in a positive way, then it will be the collaboration of all parties involved.”

Chacos and Tacos: a craze and a charity event

By Isabel Palos, Contributing Writer

Tacos help with more than just an appetite.
Kappa Phi Beta hosted their fourth annual Chacos and Tacos event Tuesday, September 18th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mabee Suite.
Profits from Chacos and Tacos will be donated to Community Renewal, a non-profit organization in Pottawatomie County. Community Renewal is one of the philanthropies of Kappa Phi Beta.
“The purpose of Chacos and Tacos is to raise money and build awareness of our philanthropy, Community Renewal,” said Logan Hime, co-social chair of Kappa Phi Beta.
Kappa Phi Beta has helped Community Renewal fund their operation of the Friendship House since last year.
“Community Renewal is an organization in Pottawatomie County that helps neighbors restore community through intentional relationships,” Hime said. “The proceeds from this year’s Chacos and Tacos will go to fund the upkeep of Community Renewal’s Friendship House which was completed this summer.”
Kappa Phi Beta sold t-shirts and 150 tickets last year.
“[We] raised over $1000 for the creation of Community Renewal’s first Friendship House, so this year we hope to raise even more!” Kappa Phi Beta president Payton Clark said.
This year, Kappa Phi Beta sold tickets and stickers from September 10th through September 14th in the Geiger Center. Kappa Phi Beta accepts payment via cash or Venmo.
Chacos and Tacos is an open event and provided a variety of entertainment, which included games, tacos from Don Ciros Tacos and the opportunity to hang out with friends and professors.
Chacos and Tacos was an opportunity to give back to the Shawnee community.
“Whether or not you know anything about Community Renewal, we want to give the OBU community the opportunity to learn more, give back to the community and get involved, so everyone is welcome,” Clark said.