New sorority sisters rush to new homes during bid day
Kingsley Burns, The Oklahoma Daily
Scott Starr, The Oklahoma Daily
AT A GLANCE
• Alpha Chi Omega
• Alpha Gamma Delta
• Alpha Omicron Pi
• Alpha Phi
• Chi Omega
• Delta Delta Delta
• Delta Gamma
• Gamma Phi Beta
• Kappa Alpha Theta
• Kappa Kappa Gamma
• Pi Beta Phi
The bottom floor of Walker Center served as a waiting room for families anxiously hoping for important news. Mothers nervously peered at their phones and glanced toward the elevators.
After the activities of sorority rush, nervous potential pledges finally received their bids.
Anna Fischer, University College freshman, had members of her family to support her, though she appeared confident in her choices.
“I’m hoping for Pi Phi or Tri Delt, but I’m thinking it will most likely be Pi Phi,” Fischer said.
About 2 p.m. Tuesday, girls burst out of the elevators, collapsing into the arms of family and friends. Some screamed the name of their new sorority, and, just as quickly, started speed walking toward their respective houses.
Fischer — whose wish came true when she received a bid from Pi Beta Phi —was hard to spot in the confusion, but another new Pi Phi member, Alyssa Privett, University College freshman, ran into the eager embraces of her mother and grandmother with the good news.
As they quickly joined the massive crowd rushing toward the sorority houses, Privett’s guide, Cassie Tyler, explained the process. Tyler was a member of Pi Beta Phi and a Rho Gamma, serving as a guide for rush.
“Now we will go to the house and get gifts and T-shirts, and everyone will get to know each other,” she said.
This description seemed understated upon arrival at the house. The entire yard was filled with new and old Pi Beta Phi members, all hugging and celebrating with more fervor than the end of a Miss America Pageant.
Fischer showed up again in the crowd, making her elation known by yelling over the music blasting so loudly people struggled to hear one another.
“I’m shaking,” Fischer said. “Waiting for the bid was the worst 10 minutes of my life. I just like sprinted here, so I’m all happy and sweating.”
Fischer’s sister, Sparky Fischer, seemed happy for her.
“Pi Phi uses angels a lot as a symbol, and we have angels all over our home, so it really seems like Anna was meant to be here,” Sparky Fischer said.
Even those unfamiliar with the bidding process followed the activities. Anna Fischer’s family friend Patty Nicholson hasn’t been in a sorority but was glad to see Anna had found a new home.
“The sorority rush experience is new for me,” Nicholson said. “It’s certainly not for everyone, but I’m still really happy for her.”
Eventually, the new pledges funneled through the door of their house, a place where they most likely will spend much of the coming years.
Linda Everett, a family member of a new pledge, had advice for the women.
“The point of rush is to find a place that is right for you,” Everett said.
“Whether it’s in this house or one you weren’t expecting, a home is all that matters."