Feb 9, 2010

Raise your anchor

Today a friend sent me an interesting little tidbit that made its way to the news radar today. Fashionista.com reported on the ridiculous dress code requirements of the Cornell Chapter of Pi Phi (a sorority). Read the document for yourself, but many of the rules are seemingly extremely over the top. Now that I'm reading them back over, they aren't that crazy, just in a particularly cryptic dialect of girl speak. Here are some of my favorite highlights from the letter written by their Recruitment captain:
  • I won’t tolerate any gross plastic shizzzz. (on acceptable accessories...giggle.)
  • No Frumpy. (right to the point)
  • No satin dresses. No one looks good in satin dresses unless it’s from Betsey Johnson or Dolce & Gabbana, you weigh less than 130 pounds, have three pairs of Spanx on and it’s New Years Eve. (I heartily agree)
  • These are life lessons, so read carefully (in reference to her advice on 'hair, makeup and hands')
  • Bracelets: No charm anything, we arent 5...unless I say it's beautiful. (So take that!)

Anway, reading over the notes gave me quite the chuckle. The more chuckle-tastic part is this saga is extremely true. For those of you unaware, in former days I was a Delta Gamma at UT. I never ran the show or anything, but I considered myself an active participant. Come the annual rush time, we definitely had rules like this. Although they seem arcane, shallow and ridiculous...they are mostly all grounded in the truth. Believe me, all that stuff got said because it needed to. Some girls needed to learn these little "how to look like a grownup" lessons somewhere.

Upon chatting with a couple of sorority pals about this story, It irritated me that this is the news that always seems to surface about sororities. There are definitely some unflattering elements, but sororities make monsterous charitable contributions every year and teach 18-year-old silver spoon babies that there are valid and important causes out there for you to spend your energies on.

Additionally, I met some of my most cherished buddies in my old DG days. That whole "sisters for life business" is not a phrase I'd ever seriously say out loud, but they're good people. Good people that are going to be some of my BFFs forever. Take a look at the gorgeousness...

There are also a lot of lessons about networking, interviewing skills, morals, etiquette, etc. that I took away from the thing. Yeah, cramming 200 hung over 20 year olds into a room to learn about salad forks may seem dumb, but I'm glad I know it now. It also probably wasn't such a bad thing for me to have a force watching over my grades and behavior during my semi-debaucherous time in Austin, TX

I do not want to get into a "is it shallow or isn't it" conversation, but personally I gleaned a lot of skills and some of my most treasured friends out of the DG house. The hilarity of Elle Woods isn't really that made up, but also really isn't that bad.

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