Society Spotlight: Countdown to commencement
As a fourth-year, I am so excited to finally have less than a month until graduation. It is a bittersweet time for fourth-years in Societies because we are not just graduating, we are leaving people we consider family and moving into alumni-hood. I spoke with a number of non-senior Society members, and here is what they had to say to and about their graduating members:
Spotlighting Societies’ Bigs and Littles
One of the most well-known traditions associated with Societies is the concept of “Bigs and Littles.” As a non-Society member, it’s easy to assume that these titles are just placed on two people and the two people then assume the respective roles, but this is simply not true. The Big -Little dynamic is a relationship that allows one to grow in their leadership skills, teaches the importance of empathy and mutual respect, and builds a bond that lasts forever.
Society Spotlight: tips for new Society members
Now that you are a week into being a Society member, it is time to dive into the privileges and responsibilities that come with being in a society. One of the major perks and obligations as a Society member is the ability to hold a chair within your respective Society. All Societies are different but, as a new member, take your first couple of weeks as an active to shadow the different responsibilities that you may be interested in. Ask the current holders of the chair, and get more information about the position.
Society Spotlight: What to know if you’re new
Hello new Society members! First, I want to say welcome and congratulations on making it to the other side. I know I can speak for all the Societies when I say we are so happy to have you and can’t wait to continue getting to know you and forming even tighter bonds.
Society Spotlight: To bid or not to bid
Bids opened on Nov. 19 and many students have already been participating in the annual ritual of open houses, various rushes, and other activities that help prospective members decide whether or not they want to join one of the ten active Societies at Whittier College. If a student’s bid is accepted by a Society, they will begin the process of participating in New Member Education (NME) this Spring.
Society Spotlight: Athenian Edition
“The lAdies of the Athenian Society are a distinguished group of women whose activities emphasize sisterhood, social events, service to the community, and scholarship. Members are involved in a wide array of activities on and off campus and share the common strong bond of sisterhood.”
Society Spotlight: Recruitment
The Fall semester hails new beginnings both academically and socially. Whittier College boasts 90 student organizations, with Societies being 10 of those. You may see a variety of Society members with their colors and insignias, gathering at the Rock on their designated days.
Society Spotlight: why I chose to be a ______
The reasons behind why an individual joins a society are just as unique as the individual. Each society offers something different, and it varies depending on what you as an individual are looking for.
I spoke with someone from each society to get their personal reasons on why they joined the society they did, and here is what they said:
Third-year Makayla Fredrick pledged into the Ionian Society in the Spring of 2018. When asked why she chose the Ionian Society, she said, “Saying I chose to be an Ionian simply because it felt right is an understatement. My reasoning behind wanting to be an Ionian isn’t as solid as ice, but instead fluid like a river. I wanted to be a member of an organization as rich in history and as diverse as the Ionians. Growing up as the only child my age in a male-dominated family, I didn’t have very many female role models, aside from my mother. Now, I have too many to count on one hand. It’s a commonly-known fact that you can’t pick your family, but I chose these women to become my family away from my family, and I continue to choose these women.”
Fourth-year Kieran Delceppo pledged into the Orthogonian Society in the Spring of 2016 because “that is where I felt the most at home. It is being with guys that want the best for you and have no problem shooting you straight.”
Fourth-year Jack Sinanian pledged into the William Penn Society in the Spring of 2016 . He said, “I chose to be a Penn because I wanted to be apart of a special group of people who wanted to be better versions of themselves everyday. I felt that if I could surround myself with a group of guys who wanted to achieve new heights for themselves and reach their goals, then they could help me just like I could help them and that I could emerge as a leader.”
Second-year Tom Santos chose to pledge into the Franklin Society in the spring of 2018, “because having met the members and getting to know them more, I felt like I could really relate with them and trust them.”
Third-year Genesis Gil pledged into the Metaphonian Society in the Spring of 2017. When asked her reasons for choosing to become a Met, she said, “Within the Metaphonian society I found a community of empowering women that I wanted to be a part of. They were so welcoming, and made my first semester of college memorable. When I was elected as [First-Year Class Council] president, they all texted me and congratulated me, and that kind of support was a reason why I chose to be a Met. Alongside that, they were always greeting me with smiles on campus and asking me how I’m doing. Their bonds as sisters was evidently strong, and I wanted to share that with them as well.”
Fourth-year Kindall Yeung pledged into the Thalian Society in the Spring of 2016 because of her previous relationship with the actives at the time. “I chose to be a Thalian because I knew, through meeting many of them and spending a lot of time with them, that they were my kind of people. We’re one of the most diverse groups on campus, and I loved that. I could see in the way they interacted that they had respect for each other, provided support for one another, and had a great relationship with their alumnae and with other societies on campus.”
Third-year Analis Hetter pledged into the Athenian Society in the Spring of 2018 after seeing how much the Athenian ladies motivated her. Hetter further explained, “I chose to surround myself with women that empowered me. I chose to build relationships with young women who motivated me and influenced me to become a better, stronger version of myself. I chose this sisterhood because of the mutual unconditional love that my sistAs offer. My sisters hold each other accountable to a higher standard and work unbelievably hard to live in harmony with everything they set their mind to. My sisters are the reason why I became an Athenian.”
Fourth-year Kelsey Sherman pledged into the Palmer Society in the Spring of 2017. Sherman said, “I chose to be a Palmer for multiple reasons. I wanted to find a new group of friends. I wanted connections. But I chose the Palmers because they were kind, they laughed at all my corny jokes, and they seemed to want to spend time with me. The Palmers reached out to me, went around my schedule to hang out with me, and were open to new ideas. Overall, I chose the Palmers because they were the best fit for me, and I knew that they would be able to give me the support I was looking for.”
Less than a class, more than a club: Society spotlight
Hello! Let me be the first society member to formally introduce you to Whittier College. My name is Iyesha Ferguson, and I’m a member of the Thalian Society. Societies are unique to Whittier College and not many other schools. While they are commonly compared to sororities and fraternities, there are some major differences between them: societies aren’t nationally recognized, the pledging and rushing processes are completely different, and societies are 100 percent anti-hazing.