This past weekend, University of La Verne’s College Panhellenic Association (CPA) held their annual Greek Conference for all active fraternity men and sorority women. As a member of Phi Sigma Sigma, I attended the event which was held around campus.
Even though this was my third Greek Conference, I still learned new things that not only pertain to my organization but to life in general. The keynote speaker, Kristen Hadeed, talked to us about the difference between leadership and leadersh*t and gave examples from her own life. Kristen is a beautiful 27 year-old who inadvertently started her own business, called Student Maid, while she was still in college. She told us about the ups and downs of starting her own business and everything she learned about leadership.
Kristen emphasized that, in order to be a good leader, a person must have a vision, firm values, make people feel important and effectively give tough love. She encouraged us all to do the same as leaders on campus. The last thing she left us with before she ended her talk was, “Leadership is not a privilege to do less, it is a responsibility to do more.”
After the keynote, we split up into two different panels — one for executive board members and one for active chapter members. Then we all went back to Morgan Auditorium for a talk by Wendy Lau called “The House That Greeks Built.” She explained that, like a house, our organizations must have solid foundations, which are our values. Each fraternity and sorority has values that they were built on, but if those are not firm within each chapter then the “house” will fall. Wendy encouraged us all to remember our values — personally and as organizations — in order to succeed beyond college.
For lunch we had an hourlong break and ate pasta in Sneaky Park. Some people played “Greek Games” (minute-to-win-it type games), while others escaped to the Campus Center for some air-conditioning. Once the lunch hour finished, we chose one of three talks for our final session. I went to the one called Insta-Famous, presented by Angie Anderson and her husband Steve. They led a discussion on ways our members could better utilize social media and avoid uncomfortable situations.
Although exhausting and sometimes redundant (especially for those of us who have attended a few times), ULV’s Greek Conference is always beneficial. I was reminded of why I took on the vice president position within Phi Sigma Sigma — because I hold our values so dearly to my heart.
Last week, I had the privilege of attending a couple events that had been organized by one of my professors, Dr. Gloria Montebruno-Saller (I call her Gloria sensei, because she teaches Japanese). Gloria sensei spent months on end organizing these events, and I’m so glad to see all of her efforts pay off. The two events she organized were for International Day of Peace, which is celebrated annually on September 21st. This year, the university helped Gloria sensei showcase a gallery of several donated posters, all of which offered information on the historical tragedy of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In addition to hosting this gallery, Gloria sensei also organized an all- day program, full of events that in one way or another, represented peace, or the need for it. I was more than happy to take part in the program, where I taught people how to make paper cranes, Japan’s well known symbol of peace.
I also helped in the construction of the university’s very own peace mandala, which turned out beautifully. The most powerful part of the program, in my opinion, was hearing Junji Sarashina, an atomic bomb survivor, give a speech as to how the atomic bombing affected him, and the lives of those around him on that devastating day. Shortly after hearing Junji Sarashina speak, I went to the grand opening of the atomic bomb gallery at the west gallery, where my professor, Gloria sensei, showed great appreciation and passion for everything that she and her fellow supporters were able to accomplish. By the end of the day, I walked away with so many emotions and thoughts. But most importantly, I had a better understanding of the need for peace.
(Gloria sensei and Junji Sarashina)
Provided by Gloria Montebruno-Saller
Alright everybody, are you ready for your question of the week?
What does peace mean to you?
I’d like to think that peace is about unity, harmony, and community. I think it’s so important to spread acts of peace and kindness whenever you can. Peace is such a powerful weapon, much more powerful, I believe, than any other weapons we’ve resorted to ever using against each other.
Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box down below.
And p.s. here is a link to Campus Time’s coverage of the events; I am so proud of Gloria sensei and all of her hard work. See you all next week!
College is expensive. I knew that even as a high school student applying to different universities. The price tag of each school weighed heavy on my decision, and although I pay significantly less than some of my peers due to scholarships and financial aid, I still have to work. Adding a job to my full-time class load, sorority involvement and newspaper staff position certainly makes life more busy, but I am grateful to work where I do.
I lucked out when Bowl of Heaven hired me back in March. They needed someone to take a Saturday shift and I was the first willing applicant. I was already a regular at the acai bowl place and figured that I may as well get paid to be there.
On campus, people get excited when they find out I work at Bowl of Heaven. They ask if I can give them free bowls or extra toppings. They ask about my coworkers, who are all apparently “very cute” (according to some of my friends).
“If only they knew what they are really like…” I think.
I love working at Bowl of Heaven because my Wednesday and Saturday crews are the best. They have become friends who treat me like a little sister. These boys throw things at me, joke around and give me the hardest time, but all for fun. I know if my coworkers did not like me, they would have tried to run me out of the store by now.
Unfortunately, work is a necessary evil that everyone eventually has to endure. Entry level jobs at food establishments or clothing stores is never the dream, but is the easiest for college students to acquire. My suggestion: find a place where the people make up for the work.
Hello, my lovely readers! I have such an interesting event to talk about this week. A fellow student, and friend of mine here at University of Laverne, Alyssa Songco, invited me to see a rehearsal for the upcoming play she is directing—it’s called “The Chalk Boy.” I’ve hyperlinked the synopsis and general information to the title, but basically, it’s a story that follows the lives of four teenage girls, after a popular guy from their school, Jeff Chalk, goes missing. By the title, I really didn’t know what the play was about, but after seeing the rehearsal, I immediately understood the basis of the play, and I have to say, the actors did an incredible job setting the scene.
The scene was pretty simple, there were grey, abstract structures all over, which seems to represent several things: a forest, a building, somewhere mysterious. I had a chance to talk a bit about the costumes with the costume designer, Laney Poe. She summed up the style very well—the wardrobe is set in the 90′s, but each character has a different style according to their own personality. And she was right; seeing the different styles during the rehearsal really added to each individual character, which helped me a lot in terms of understanding why the girls did some of the things they did, and acted the way that they did in the play.
I left before the ending so that I wouldn’t be able to spoil it for you all, and so that I can go back and find out what happened to Jeff Chalk when they actually run the production. But let me tell you, I’m having a really hard time waiting for the answer; I’m just dying to know! Overall, I’m really looking forward to seeing this production, and based off of the rehearsal, I can tell it’ll be funny, thrilling, and maybe even a little emotional. If you have time to see the play, the production will run from October 8 through October 11. Here’s a link to the trailer for those of you who might want more of an idea as to what to expect.
Alright, here’s your question of the week!
What’s your favorite genre of movies/films/plays?
Mine would probably be comedy. I love a good pun.
Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box down below. See you next week!
It has been almost a month since fall semester began and I am already swimming in work. If I am not running from class to work, I have meetings and homework to finish. Apparently this is University of La Verne’s way of welcoming me to my senior year of college (and quite possibly my final year as a student — ever).
For everyone new to these blogs, my name is Hayley and I am a fourth year journalism major. My dream is to move far away from Southern California and adventure the world as a travel writer for companies like National Geographic, AFAR, Conde Naste and BBC.
In order to reach that goal I have studied abroad in England, interned for Darling Magazine, written for Her Campus La Verne and am currently an editor for ULV’s school newspaper — Campus Times. Yes, it has been a busy and overwhelming collegiate career, but I am incredibly grateful for all of the opportunities that have been provided for me.
As a junior studying in England, I learned to be self-sufficient and fully realized that I wanted to work as a travel journalist. When I interned for Darling Magazine, I was only a sophomore (and youngest student in the Communications Department’s internship class) but learned professionalism and had to meet deadlines that really mattered. I learned from the women at Darling what it truly means to be passionate about your work — something I will not forget. Also, as a student at ULV, I have taken on extra writing and editing roles that are difficult but rewarding. I can see my growth with every story I write and every article I edit.
Basically, everything I have mentioned is the long way of saying that senior year kicks everyones butts (and if a senior says it’s easy, they are lying)! Fears constantly run through my mind about passing a class, paying for tuition and the inevitable job-hunt after graduation. Existential thoughts are common, but my sorority sisters, professors and family pull me back to reality and encourage me to finish strong no matter what.
If you are a senior, do you feel this way too?