I’m Black and in a PHC sorority — So What?

first_img“So, why did you join a white sorority?”Since becoming a member of Gamma Phi Beta, I’ve been asked this question numerous times by family, friends and even random people on campus. Without asking me about going to football games, raising money for charity or getting ready for a night out with my sisters, my entire sorority experience gets boiled down to the fact that I’m a black girl in a “white” sorority.When I decided to go through formal recruitment the fall of my freshman year, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The only image I had of The Row was offered by the criminally underrated television show Greek.I had a bit more knowledge about the African American Greek experience — my mother is one of 16, so you can bet that I have plenty of aunts who belong to one of the many illustrious black sororities in the country. But honestly, when I came to school in the fall of 2010, I had no intention of going Greek at all. I ended up rushing because everyone else was “doing it.” I wasn’t expecting to join a house — I thought I could eat some food, see some pretty houses and go on my merry way.Obviously, my plans changed after a few fateful encounters. Without getting too hackneyed and emotional, I quickly found that Gamma Phi Beta was a perfect fit for me. I was offered a bid, accepted it and spent a great four years as part of a sisterhood.I don’t think I can blame my ever-questioning aunts, however, for thinking that I followed the white light — pun intended. But whenever I’ve wanted to debate someone older about how the world has changed, I try to remember his or her childhood. When my aunts were in college, traditional — code word for Caucasian — sororities were exactly that: organizations filled with Caucasian women. Though my aunts rushed their respective sororities after the years of legal segregation, there were still psychological barriers between races, and old wounds that had yet to be healed. My aunts didn’t get to choose what sorority experience they wanted — they had one option, and went with it.Nowadays, of course, it’s a little bit different. I grew up not in a segregated neighborhood, but in a racially mixed private community. My parents had good jobs, I went to private school and I was accepted into USC. My best friends in high school were Asian, black, Latina, Catholic, Jewish, gay, musical-loving, sports-playing weirdos. My prom pictures looked like a United Nations conference.So when I got to USC, it’s not like I was afraid of going through Panhellenic recruitment because I was black. I’ve always been black, I will always be black — so what?This sentiment is shared by other minority members of the Greek community. Ryan Park, the outgoing USG vice president and a member of Sigma Chi, grew up on military bases in Japan and South Korea before moving to San Diego, Calif. in middle school. Growing up, Park never wanted to feel like “the token Asian.” He played on his high school’s varsity lacrosse team for four years, thinking it was one of the most “American” things he could do.Upon entering college, Park had a friend at USC who claimed that he would be perfect for the Greek system. After rushing, Park felt a connection with Sigma Chi, which was full of “good guys” who were “a little bit goofy,” and he wanted to get to know better — pure and simple.“To me, when you see all the Asian kids hanging out together, I’m sure that’s very comfortable and very fine for them but for me, I wouldn’t want to do that because I don’t want to play into stereotypes,” Park said. “I don’t necessarily culturally fit with [the Asian demographic]. I don’t listen to K-Pop, I’m not very Korean, I wouldn’t be able to stay in a conversation with someone over time. I went where it felt comfortable.”Trevian Hall, a sophomore majoring in acting who’s a member of Phi Delta Theta, has had a mostly positive experience in an IFC fraternity. The only difficulty he found in adjusting to Greek life is the fact that he grew up in a different environment in Texas.“Because I am black and I did grow up in a different environment than they did, I just don’t relate the same way,” Hall said. “I could be black and relate. But I don’t think it’s a negative thing, I just think it’s something to add to the melting pot.”Sherryl Bako, a senior majoring in communication and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, feels the same way. Bako moved from Nigeria to Orange County, Calif. during her childhood. Apart from a few humorous instances — including one in which some of her sorority sisters asked if she could cornrow their hair — Bako has never felt uncomfortable about her experience.“I knew I was probably going to look different or be the only black person on the wall, but I’ve never really felt uncomfortable because growing up, I was usually the one black girl in the class,” Bako said.People join fraternities and sororities for different reasons. A select few solely want to party or live in pretty houses. But most of us want a brotherhood or sisterhood, a home away from home — a place to study, laugh, hang out.I have a rather vivid memory from my sophomore year: I went out with my Big, and we were hanging out in a fraternity house across the street. I locked eyes with one of the brothers. We laughed and said, “So, does your family hate you too?” and toasted to being black on this strange street called The Row.So why did I join a “white” sorority? I decided to join because I thought there was a place for me. I don’t consider myself whitewashed and I’m not running away from my ethnicity. My experiences have only added to the diversity of the house, the same way that my sisters have showed me what it’s like to be Christian, to be Mexican, or to actually be from Las Vegas. I joined because when I walked into Gamma Phi, I felt the same feeling I got when I first stepped foot on USC’s campus during a tour: butterflies.“I’ve had a little backlash, people saying that you’re leaving your people. My people are humans,” Bako told me. “Human is human — no matter what.”last_img read more

Coronavirus: Comcast offers Internet Essentials package for 60-days for free

first_imgComcast understands what effect that coronavirus has on family and work life especially with schools, Universities, and several public offices closing for at least the next two weeks.To help out during this health crisis, the company has decided to offer it’s Internet Essentials package for free for 60- days to families in need.Comcast has always had an Internet Essentials package in which it offers qualifying low-income families it’s basic internet package for as little as $9.95 a month.The company has also announced that it will be increasing internet speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for both new and existing customers.  The new internet speed will remain in effect from this day forward.The offer officially goes into effect on Monday.If you are interested in how you could possibly take advantage of this offer click here.last_img read more

Germany sift through wreckage of World Cup debacle

first_img“We all made mistakes,” admitted defender Mats Hummels after the stunning 2-0 defeat left them bottom of Group F — and he meant the players, Loew and team director Oliver Bierhoff.After 12 golden years in charge crowned by the 2014 World Cup win in Brazil, Loew is considering his future after getting his tactics so badly wrong and placing faith in former stars past their prime.Germany’s coach Joachim Loew is pressure to go after the holders’ shock first round exit from the 2018 World Cup finals © AFP / Roman KruchininThe sight of Mexico pouring through a porous German midfield during the first half of the defeat in the opener against Mexico was the clearest example.Hardly anyone in the German setup leaves Russia with any credit.Bierhoff, for example, is blamed for choosing the isolated base camp at Vatutinki, southwest of Moscow, which caused unhappiness among the players.“You didn’t get the feeling that we were playing at a World Cup,” was captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s damning appraisal.Germany even had the shame of having to suspend two of their team officials for over-exuberant celebrations in front of Sweden manager Janne Andersson after the 2-1 win that appeared to have saved their skins.After Italy in 1950, Brazil in 1966, France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014, Germany join an infamous club of reigning champions knocked out in the group stage at the next World Cup.– ‘Stunned’ –“We’re all stunned — we’re shocked,” said Thomas Mueller, the pillar of the 2014 team who seemed strangely unable to influence events this time.Loew said he took responsibility for the failure, yet just 12 months ago he could do no wrong.He won the 2017 Confederations Cup, the World Cup warmup, with an inexperienced squad and seemed to be ready to make a spirited defence of their global title.Only last month, Loew signed a contract extension with the German Football Association (DFB) until 2022, but there are already calls for him to resign.Germany’s defender Mats Hummels (R) and Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil are just two of the 2014 World Cup winners who played poorly at the Russia 2018 finals. © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMELIf he goes, the 58-year-old’s misguided loyalty in senior players like Mueller, Hummels, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Jerome Boateng will have been a key factor in his downfall.All were shadows of their usual selves.If he stays, Loew will need to have a clearout and a rethink on how to nurture a new team.From the next generation of Germany starlets he unearthed at the Confederations Cup, only Timo Werner and Joshua Kimmich were rewarded with regular spots in the senior team.Loew only gave rising stars like Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka, Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Suele first-team place when his 2014 winners were struggling, suspended or injured.Leroy Sane, the forward who shone for Manchester City last season, was cut from the final squad.Germany have stagnated, lacking tactical direction as Loew often toyed with different systems.Arrogance, something Loew was determined to keep out of his squad’s mindset, crept in.As German pundit Ralph Honigstein put it, “many players come across as one-man brand ambassadors”, more interested in gathering social media followers than focusing on football.A fierce debate in Germany over the divided loyalty of players did nothing to help cohesion after Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan — who have Turkish roots — met with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who Gundogan called “my president”.– Shattered myth –Germany pride themselves on being “a tournament team”, which knows how to rise to the occasion, but that notion was blown apart in Russia.Having sailed through qualification with a perfect 10 wins, the writing was on the wall with just one victory in six pre-World Cup friendlies, and even then a shaky 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in the days before flying to Russia.Germany’s forward Thomas Mueller (R) says the squad is ‘shocked and stunned’ by the early World Cup exit. © AFP / SAEED KHAN“The last time we played well was autumn 2017,” admitted Hummels, referring to the 5-1 crushing of minnows Azerbaijan in October.The first chance to make amends is on September 6 against France in Munich in the new Nations League, but it shows how far Germany have fallen that if they win it will be only their third victory in 10 games.Loew refutes suggestions German football is about to enter a dark phase, insisting “there are enough young players, who are very talented and ready to develop”.“We have to draw the right conclusions and do better,” Loew said.For now however, Germany have to get used to the unaccustomed taste of failure.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mesut Ozil and Mats Hummels were two of Germany’s under-performing players © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMELVATUTINKI, Russian Federation, Jun 28 – World Cup holders Germany return home on Thursday desperately looking for answers following their historic exit, with head coach Joachim Loew set to suffer the consequences of a disastrous campaign.In one of the competition’s biggest ever shocks, Germany failed to reach the knockout stage of a World Cup for the first time for 80 years, but it was the meek manner of their capitulation against South Korea in their final game that really stung.last_img read more

Crossing guard saluted as hero

first_imgLANCASTER – Linda Verde School crossing guard Laura Share says she was just doing her job, but school officials and sheriff’s deputies are hailing her as a hero. The 54-year-old Lancaster resident ordered five children out of the way – then jumped to safety herself – when a flatbed truck ran a red light on Avenue I at 5th Street East, broadsided a parent’s van and fled. “We have a lot to be thankful for that she had her wits about her. She thought very quickly and saw that the truck was coming and was able to anticipate what it was going to do ahead of time,” Principal Tara Brown said. “It could have been a very fatal situation for those kids who were crossing, and it wasn’t, and that was because she was able to think on her feet. I know the parents of the children are thankful that she is so good at her job.” Sheriff’s officials said Share was faced with a situation that required a split-second decision. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I would say in our opinion she probably saved the lives of some children. Her quick actions and recognition of an immediate hazard was what saved those kids,” sheriff’s Lt. Steve Fredericks said. “She’s a hero,” Lancaster School District Superintendent Steve Gocke said. “It was a major deal. Otherwise the Sheriff’s Department would not have taken notice of it.” Share was recognized by the district after a presentation by Fredericks at the board meeting last Tuesday. The experience left Share wondering what all the fuss was about. “It was kind of feeling weird. What I did was tell five kids to go back to the corner. It’s my job, that’s what I’m supposed to do. That’s what I’m doing,” said Share, who has been a crossing guard for three years and also works as a noon duty aide. Share can expect more plaudits. She will be recognized by the city of Lancaster at a meeting in December, and she is being recommended to be honored by the Sheriff’s Department, Fredericks said. The incident occurred about 3 p.m. on Sept. 15. Share had walked into the crosswalk on a green light holding up her stop-sign paddle and motioned for the third- and fourth-graders to step off the curb. “I walked out and told the kids to start coming. Then I noticed this truck was coming really fast. I thought, ‘He is going to run the red light and hit the kids if I don’t make them go back,”‘ Share said. “I yelled, ‘Go back, go back!”‘ The children retreated to the sidewalk, and Share jumped out of the truck’s way as it sped past, passing between her and the children. The eastbound truck hit a southbound van containing a women and her two children on their way to Linda Verde to pick up two more children, Share said. The van occupants were not injured. “He hit it hard. It tipped and turned in the opposite direction,” Share said. Share ran back to the corner where the children stood and saw the truck driver pull over at some distance down the road, get out of the truck, look at the van, then get back in and drive off. Avenue I’s speed limit there is 50 mph. It was not known how fast the truck was going. The truck driver, Shawn Matthews, 30, of Rosamond returned to the scene about a half-hour later with his brother driving him back. Matthews did not have a valid license, Fredericks said. Matthews has been charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run and being an unlicensed driver and is awaiting trial. “We have a serious problem out here in the valley with both unlicensed drivers and with vehicle-versus-pedestrian collisions, and this certainly could have been a tragic collision. However, we are conducting task force operations to help combat this problem,” Fredericks said. Share said she has had her share of close calls from vehicles running red lights. She maintains constant vigilance at the Avenue I and 5th Street East intersection, which deputies say is one of the more demanding in the city with the potential of high-speed traffic approaching from all four directions. “When I’m in the intersection, I am continuously looking in every direction,” Share said. Even with cars at a complete stop, she constantly checks to make sure that cars coming behind them are stopping and won’t hit the cars in front of them. She received no training for her job. She said a man named Joe manned that corner for 20 years so she went out there for a couple of days and observed him. Despite the danger, Share said she won’t quit because of the children, who give her hugs and call her Miss Laura. “It crosses my mind sometimes, but then I think about the kids. Personally, I think most people wouldn’t take the position, and then I think the kids will have to cross without anybody,” Share said. “I can’t stop working. I want to protect these kids.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mack earns D-IV title

first_imgFor the first time in more than 30 years, the Panthers are section champions.The No. 2 seeded McKinleyville High softball team downed No. 5 St. Patrick-St. Vincent — Vallejo 11-1 in six innings in the North Coast Section Division-IV title game, Tuesday evening at McKinleyville High.Tuesday’s championship victory, the program’s first since 1988, finishes off a triple crown of sorts for the Panthers (23-3) as they end their 2019 campaign as champions of the Big 5 Conference, the Charles Lakin …last_img read more

Den Networks to sell 55% stake in Den Sports for Rs 43.32 cr

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 1 (PTI) Cable TV distribution company Den Networks will sell 55 per cent of Den Sports, which indirectly owns Indian Super League team Delhi Dynamos, to Wall Street Investments for Rs 43.32 crore.The company has “entered into an agreement with Wall Street Investments for selling off 55 per cent equity in Den Sports for a consideration of Rs 43.32 crore,” Den Networks informed BSE.It further added that “this includes the sale of shares from Den Network and preferential allotment by Den Sports”.Both firms entered into sales agreement on March 29, 2016.Prior to the agreement, Den was holding 100 per cent equity shares in Den Sports which in turn owns 100 per cent equity shares in Den Soccer.Den Soccer is the operating company which owns, controls and manages Indian Super Leagues team Delhi Dynamos.Den Networks shares today settled 13.82 per cent higher at Rs 98.85 apiece on BSE. PTI KRH PRB ABKlast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd expected to fine Pogba after Mourinho post

first_imgMan Utd expected to fine Pogba after Mourinho postby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are to fine Paul Pogba after his social media post celebrating Jose Mourinho’s sacking yesterday, it has been claimed.The Daily Mail says the photo of a smirking Pogba appeared on the player’s Instagram account on Tuesday with the message “caption this”.The post was deleted 10 minutes later but not before it was liked by more than 64,000 people and drew a response from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville who wrote: “You can do one as well!” United bosses were angered by the post which they believe was in bad taste and disrespectful by the club’s £89million record signing. Pogba, who earns £300,000 a week at Old Trafford, is expected to be fined for his actions. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Curious Critters at Charlie Lake with the Charlie Lake Conservation Society

first_imgCHARLE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Conservation Society (CLCS) is hosting Discover Curious Critters at Charlie Lake this Sunday, July 14th, 2019 at the Beatton Provincial Park.Join the CLCS and Student Rangers from 9 am to 3 pm at the park to dip net at the beach, do crafts and view displays. The Charlie Lake Conservation Society said “this event will encourage kids and their families to explore some of the creatures in and around Charlie Lake. We will be doing some netting and looking at the fish, plants and other critters. There will be displays and crafts.”last_img read more

Vote for soul of India Rahul tells voters

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday urged voters to vote for the soul of India and its future while slamming the Modi government for lying to the people in the past five years. He also denounced the Modi government over demonetization and Goods and Services Tax and also accused it of spreading distrust and hate. “No 2 crore jobs. No 15 lakhs in bank accounts. No acche din. Instead: No jobs. Demonetization, farmers in pain. Gabbar Singh Tax, Suit Boot Sarkar. Rafale. Lies… Distrust. Violence. Hate. Fear. You vote today for the soul of India. For her future,” he said. Polling is on for 91 seats in the first phase of parliamentary elections across 18 states and two union territories. Votes are also being cast for Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha.last_img read more