UIFI 2014

Happy Summer! Rising junior Claire Watkins recently traveled to Bloomington, Indiana and attended Phi Mu UIFI on behalf of our chapter. Developed by the North-American Intefraternity Conference (NIC), UIFI has been the premier personal and leadership development experience for undergraduate members of sororities and fraternities for over 20 years. 

The 5 day leadership program ran from June 10 to June 14, and drew in sisters from all over the US. The leadership sessions were run by Phi Mu volunteers and other Greek life alumni, bringing a diverse group together. Claire says some of her favorite activities included, “community service, tons of team building, and participating in small group discussions about our chapters.” We are so proud of Claire and happy she was able to have this experience! Can’t wait to hear all about it in the fall! 

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Graduation 2014


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On Saturday, May 24th Elon’s 124th Commencement for undergraduate students was held under the oaks. Sports commentator Mary Carillo delivered the Commencement address. The former tennis star shared her wisdom from a professional sports and broadcasting career that has included coverage of multiple Olympic Games.

Carillo shared some advice with the graduating class stating, “”I’m not asking you kids to change the whole world. But if you’re kind, you’re doing far more than you know. There’s nothing more powerful than kindness,” she said. “If you’re kind to people, if you change one life because of how you treat someone, and if that person in turn is kind to someone else, that’s how this great spinning world of ours really changes.”

A total of 1,207 students received diplomas, and the class of 2014 is the largest in institutional history.

Elon President Leo M. Lambert closed the ceremony, and instructed members of the Class of 2014 to act as a family and to “take care of each other. Live a life of kindness, compassion and generosity.”

Later in the evening, the Phi Mu graduates all attended a grad party celebration, where the entire pledge class was invited. Senior Lauren Thebault remarked on the evening quoting, “ It was amazing- so bittersweet but we had a perfect day. It was beautiful outside and the party was the best night for us. It was so fun with all of us there together, and we had an incredible band that helped make the night even more special.”

We are so proud of our graduating seniors, and wish them the best on their journeys ahead!

Pastries with Professors 2014

 Each semester our chapter hosts an event called Pastries with Professors. Members of Gammu Nu invite their professors over to the Phi Mu house for homemade desserts, fresh lemonade, and socializing. It is a great opportunity to show Elon faculty what the girls of Phi Mu are about.

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 This past Tuesday afternoon, the Phi Mu house was the place to be. The house was filled with delicious homemade treats, while teachers and students had a great time interacting outside of the classroom.

 Academic chair Rachel Ewald was very pleased with the event. “Pastries with Professors was a huge success! We had over 20 professors come to enjoy our homemade treats and company. Sisters and professors really enjoyed taking some time off their busy work to snack on those yummy goodies and get to know each other better. Big thank you to the academic committee for all their help with the event!”

 We wish everyone good luck on finals and the end of the academic semester!

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Spring Formal 2014

As the end of the year approaches, our chapter loves to celebrate in style. Last Saturday, April 26, Phi Mu formal was hosted at Quarry Hills Country Club in Graham, N.C. The beautiful venue hosted members of our chapter, as well as their dates, for a night of fun.

 Members of Gamma Nu enjoyed drinks and appetizers following their arrival to the venue, and were quickly swept onto the dance floor by the extremely talented Flex Band. The Motown band played classic and modern hits, and had us dancing through the night.

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Sophomore MK Heaney thought that the band was a new and fun twist on the event. “My favorite part of formal was definitely the band. It was unlike anything we’ve ever done before and it made it unique and personal.”

 Gamma Nu hosts two formals each year, with one in the fall and one in the spring. Planned by Social Chair Kendall Quinn, the formal was a night to remember. 

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Marathon Season

Spring fever calls for getting outdoors and staying active!

 This past weekend four of our girls participated in two different half marathons.  Molly Topp and Sarah Shepard ran in the Rock n Roll marathon in Nashville, TN while Bri McClelland and Sasha Gunther ran in the Nike marathon in DC. Both marathons were 13.1 miles, and called for months of hard work, dedication, and training.

 The Rock n Roll half marathon raised money for St. Jude Children’s hospital. St. Jude has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Children from all 50 states and from around the world have come through the doors of St. Jude for treatment, and thousands more around the world have benefited from their research. The race raised $1,153,767.28, and over 30,000 people participated total including the whole marathon, half marathon, 5k, or wheelchair marathon.

  Molly reflects on the marathon quoting,” It was an amazing experience! The feeling of finishing the race after months of training was unreal. I really didn’t think I could do it because I wasn’t a runner before, the most I had run was probably four miles before this, but now I really feel like anyone could do it. The local bands at every mile helped a lot to motivate us. It was my first half marathon, as well as Sarah’s so were both excited to run more half marathons in the future!” Sarah agrees adding, “Being able to run along side with my Phi Mu sister made the experience even more special!”

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 While Sarah and Molly triumphed in Nashville, Bri and Sasha took on DC at the Nike Women’s half marathon. The Nike Women’s Running Series is committed to producing environmentally and socially responsible events and has teamed up with the Council for Responsible Sport to certify both the Nike Women Half Marathon DC and the Nike Women Half and Full Marathon San Francisco as sustainable races. They were two of 15,00 participants, and the race raised over $5 million dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.

 Not only was the race memorable in general for Bri, but to her surprise her family flew in to cheer her on! Bri received a text the night before from her mom of a picture of her sisters in front of the Capital Building saying, “Surprise, your fans have arrived”! She was so excited they could make it, and at mile 11 they held up posters to motivate her to finish the race.

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Senior Sasha Gunther enjoyed the race as well, and quotes, “It was actually the perfect race to do for my first half marathon. There were so many people and spectators that it made it a lot easier! And it definitely helped that I got to run it with friends. There were also drummers and bands along the way to keep us entertained! It was amazing seeing the monuments- we got to run by the Capitol, Washington Monument, Jefferson Monument, Lincoln (from a far) and the World War 2 Memorial!”

 We are so proud of Molly, Sarah, Bri, and Sasha. Your hard work paid off, and you are an inspiration to us all! 

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

This past Sunday we held our first major philanthropy event of the spring, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an annual brunch that our chapter hosts to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network.

 This year our philanthropy chair, Caitlin Miranda, made it into so much more than a standard breakfast. The breakfast showcased a fashion show featuring outfits from the local boutique here at Elon-Mynt. Outfits from Mynt were paired with clothing from Rent the Runway, a one stop shop to rent dresses & accessories by famous designers. The models were our very own sisters- and even some of their fabulous mothers and siblings. Highlights of the fashion show included guest Vaughn Vreeland’s emceeing, and Junior Kendall Quinn walking down the runway while eating a pasty. Both elements were hilarious, and made the show very memorable.

Another main part of the event was the prize giveaways. Some of the prizes were a Tiffany’s necklace, a Molly Beads necklace, a painting by our talented artist Brynna Bantley, gift cards to local companies, and much more. ( Lucky girls!) 

Besides the fun activities going on at the event, one of the best parts was meeting the families of some of our sisters. Many girls brought their mothers or sisters for the weekend, and it was a great chance to hang out and talk to them. Freshman Melina Accarpio quotes, “It was really exciting for my mom to finally meet my Big and my G, as she has heard so much about them.”

 Overall the event was a huge success, and we thank all of our guests for coming and spending the afternoon with us for such a great cause! All proceeds from the ticket sales went to CMN, and over $3,000 was raised.

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Greek Week Dance

This past week a dedicated group of our girls performed at the infamous Elon event, Greek Week! This event is something people both in and outside of Greek Life look forward to each year. Each organization performs a dance in the Alumni gym in front of a crowd of over 2,000 people. After practicing for months, we were more than excited to represent Phi Mu and bring all of the hard work and long hours of practice to life.

Senior Victoria Cagliero choreographed the impressive dance this year alongside assistant Nicole Barletta, and they did an absolutely amazing job. They perfected the blending of our theme with a dance number to create “The Phi Mu Emergency Room.”  Senior Victoria Cagliero reflects back on the experience quoting, “I couldn’t be happier with how the dance turned out! I couldn’t have done this without the amazingly talented dancers and support of our whole chapter.”

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 The months of practicing brought the dancers close together to create memorable friendships, one of the best parts about the entire experience. When it came time for the show, the dancers were ready to go, and had a blast performing it. 

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ElonThon

This past weekend Elon held a popular tradition in support of an inspiring cause.

 ElonThon is the largest student organized philanthropy, benefiting Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, NC. Every year Elon students come together at Alumni Gym for a 24-hour dance marathon to support the incredible children and families treated at Duke Children’s. Since 2003, Elonthon has grown into an incredible campus-wide event, bringing in thousands of students every year.

There are hundreds of Dance Marathons around the country, each benefiting their own Children’s Miracle Network hospital.  They differ in size, location, themes, length… the only things they share are the common goal, to help kids, and the rule that you must remain standing for the entirety of your time at the event!  It’s all a symbol of the hope and support we give to the child patients and their families.  

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 The event was especially memorable for our dancers because it supports our philanthropy that we work so hard to honor year round. We proudly sponsored the cause alongside SUB, Coca Cola, and many more. During the event dancers were able to compete in color wars, go swimming, draw, play games, meet CMN hospital patients and survivors, and of course- Dance!

 Laughter, singing, some tears and hugs later, the total amount raised was announced. After hard work and dedication, ElonThon  raised an incredible grand total of $176,261.94. We are so appreciate of everyone who donated to the cause!

 “When sickness stops, we’ll dance for joy.  Until then, we’ll keep dancing for life.” 

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MK Cheers

“Mere and I are so similar in countless ways. Not only do we have the same interests, but we’re both incredibly motivated and determined” – Kelsey Egan

Meredith Pratt and Kelsey Egan recently started a lifestyle blog, creating and collaborating their interests about fashion, healthy recipes, and lifestyle tips. It all started because of their shared interest in reading fashion and lifestyle blogs. After nights of staying up until three to four every morning reading these blogs, Meredith and Kelsey finally came up with their amazing idea to start a joint blog! And, as Meredith puts it, “the rest is history!”

With Kelsey currently living in New York City and Meredith still at Elon, scheduling on Google Docs has become their best friend.  To keep their blog up and running, Meredith and Kelsey text and email to discuss the details of their upcoming posts. However, as easy as this may sound, Kelsey confesses, “I’d be lying if I said being apart was easy. We’re much more creative when we’re sitting at our little dining room table at Penthouse drinking coffee and brainstorming. Hopefully we’ll be able to do that again when we are both in NYC after Elon.”

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MK Cheers has received a tremendous amount of support through brands interacting with their posts on social media as well as people following, commenting, and liking their pictures. Through everyone’s continuous support and positive reactions, Meredith and Kelsey are always enthusiastic and excited to keep sharing! Kelsey says, ”I think 15 people have told us they’re transforming their mom’s old fur coats into cute short jackets!”

In terms of ambitions for their blog, Kelsey states that “the ultimate goal is to express ourselves and have fun while we do it.” Meredith and Kelsey want their readers and followers to enjoy taking a break from their day to see what MK Cheers is up to. The girls also hope that more readers and other companies and brands will collaborate with them in the future to keep their a blog a success.

“For as long as we have something to say, we will be writing posts!” – Meredith Pratt

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mkcheers

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mkcheers

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Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/mkcheers

Twitter: @mkcheers

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Big/Little Reveal

Last week Phi Mu held a fun and enjoyable sorority tradition for our newest pledge class.

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Wednesday, March 5th was a big day at Elon for the new members of Gamma Nu- it was big/ little reveal. “Big sister” and “little sister” in Greek life means the new member now has a family within their organization.  A big sister is a mentor to the new member and is someone that they can always go to if they need something, words of advice, or just a friend to rely on.

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Big little reveal in Phi Mu is an exciting surprise. The reveal was memorable for all the girls, and adds another special element into our organization. Freshman Allie Nick explains that her big is someone she can trust, and will help to make the next three years of her Elon experience unique and noteworthy. “I am so happy I can finally call her my big,” she adds.

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