Unending Pi Phi Love
Here’s an update on Pi Phi events last semester! Living in the house, my life was consumed with Pi Phi love (and it was fabulous, y’all). With recruitment coming up this month, I have to say up front that picking Pi Phi was the best decision I’ve made at Yale.
Pi Phi’s biggest annual philanthropy event is Highlight, a black-light dance party at Toad’s. This year’s Highlight was the biggest ever. We sold out of highlighters (highlighters are the tickets to the event) well in advance of the event, and hundreds of people just bought entrance at the door. We raised a ton of money for Pi Phi’s literacy philanthropy, and it was really fun!
Of course Pi Phi showed up in force to all the tailgates last semester, despite the fact that the tailgates are definitely not what they used to be since the administration’s changes have taken place. The crowds are a lot smaller, but the tailgates are still lots of fun (and definitely better than Harvard’s, since that’s obviously all that matters).
Pi Phi had a “Boxer Rebellion”-themed mixer with the heavyweight crew team (Don’t ask me what that theme means. I have no idea. The boys insisted on that theme.) It was great to mix with a group we hadn’t mixed with before.
A bunch of Pi Phi girls went to see the rugby team’s last game of their season (vs. Harvard, of course). I had never seen rugby before (surprise, surprise I don’t think they play rugby in Mississippi), but it was a fascinating mix of football, wrestling, and cheerleading. It was incredible to watch, and–unlike the football team–the rugby team beat Harvard! That night, Pi Phi had a mixer with the rugby team, which was great as well.
At the Princeton-Yale football game tailgate, Pi Phi had a philanthropy fundraising effort called “Pie a Pi Phi”. For a small fee, anyone at the tailgate could put a pie in the face of the Pi Phi of their choice. It was a mess, but it was for a good cause, right?
Pi Phi had a mixer titled “The Great Fratsby” with SigEp (it was obviously 1920s, Great Gatsby themed). Everybody dressed in 1920s attire. The mixer was the night of a big snow storm, which was something else. But with the snow storm I didn’t even consider wearing a fur to the mixer, which I would have done otherwise.
Then we had one final mixer with SAE. And, of course, Pi Phi had the usual semi-formal and formal, which were fabulous as always. Here’s a picture of my best friend Cathy and me dressed up for each event (semi-formal on the left, formal on the right).
For any freshmen and sophomore girls out there thinking about going through recruitment, I want to tell you that I would say you should 100%. If you don’t like it, that’s totally fine. You can drop out of recruitment–no big deal! But you might just find many of your best friends for the rest of college. I sure did. Anyway, check out the website on the promo pic below for more information about sorority recruitment at Yale!!!
With Unending Pi Phi Love,
Southern Belle at Yale