Social clubs encourage community in Christ

By Ashton Smith, Assistant Faith Editor

Although the female social clubs may have different events and philanthropies that make them unique in each of their own ways, there is something that unites them all: faith. Each of the social clubs aim to bring their members closer together as sisters in Christ, and to raise one another up, to encourage each other and to have a place to turn when times get tough.

Through these clubs, many friends have been brought together that otherwise may not have met. This is one of the most special aspects of social clubs and something that many of the girls cherish.

“Kappa’s, to me, is a huge support system,” junior Kappa Phi Beta member Isabel Palos said. “I’ve met girls from all different types of classifications, majors, and every person possesses a unique set of interests. It’s a really beautiful thing to see how the Lord has brought this sisterhood together.”

The girls also are a major support system for one another, as they are each other’s ‘sisters’ in the context of being in a social club. From praying for one another to coffee runs, to even just helping out with some homework, there is no shortage of love that is given to each girl in each social club.

“Honestly, fellowship and doing life together is a huge part of the Christian walk that isn’t focused on,” junior Pi Sigma Phi member Jillian Walker said. “The girls in Pi Sigma Phi played a part in helping me find a church when I was church hopping. They helped me get connected and feel a part of church instead of just attending.”

Another thing that social clubs do in their faith aspect? They have different ways that they encourage the group, such as prayer groups, prayer retreats, and devotions that they do in their club meetings. They help each other in their good times and bad, and they share their prayer requests and praises as well.

“I’ve had a lot of stuff going on in my personal life lately,” junior Theta Sigma Chi member Taylor Boyd said. “And every time I would come to them with something, they never fail to let me know they love me and are praying for me.”

Not only that, but these social clubs are open to every girl on campus, and they do their best to make sure that every girl feels like she has a place and is free to share what’s on her heart with her fellow sisters in Christ. Social clubs are a growing opportunity to grow stronger in both their friendships and their faith.

“I personally find it hard to get into those conversations on my own,” junior Theta Sigma Chi member Sierra Davis said. “But Theta’s is a safe place where Christ-centered conversations just flourish – and you feel safe in sharing your insecurities or questions concerning your spiritual life and journey.”

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.