UT's Greekend

3.31.2012

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By the end of last weekend, it looked like a shower of rainbows decided to rain inside all the closets of 2A. I'm almost certain most of the Hardin House closets were in similar conditions after last weekend's Round Up festivities in which Greek life is celebrated over two very long days.

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I distinctly remember my visit to UT last year for Round Up and feeling somewhat out of place as all us high schoolers tried to imitate the college kids' Greek gear with camp tanks and the brightest pair of Nike shorts we owned. Needless to say, I felt much more in my element repping all my authentic Kappa gear this year.

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This gear typically includes tanks, tattoos, croakies and sunglasses, koozies, beads, stickers, buttons, socks, shorts, and yes, this is the one time of year where fanny packs are not only acceptable, but a necessity.

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{nicole, courtney, me}
Here's a versatile display of this year's round up gear for Kappa. Props to our favors committee for all their diligent design work!

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{mhs girls jaclyn, me, mollie, mc}
I was so pleased to host my bestie Mollie for this weekend, though with this being her second visit all year (her first was SAE Jungle), I'm hoping I can accommodate her next year with a more low-key weekend. I'm not sure she trusts me that those exist at UT, but I can't blame her from the couple of tastes she's gotten thus far!

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{merl and alex, me and mimi, merl and christian, me cole and moll}
We spent the day at SAE, took a dinner break at Cuatro's in between, and then headed to Fiji for the remainder of the night. I got to introduce Moll briefly to a lot of my new college friends, and the inevitable response to my introduction was "Mollie...and Molly?!", but we've grown used to that reaction by now. 

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After a little escape into downtown to get a hearty breakfast, Mollie and I braved round two and headed to Fiji in the heat of the afternoon.

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The "no high schoolers" policy was heavily enforced, as they had us all fetch wrist bands on campus using our college IDs to ensure we were legitimate. That green bracelet was a valuable accessory all weekend.

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Merl also had friends from other schools visiting, like Kailee from A&M and


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Hallie from TCU, as she shows with her horned frogs up in this photo.

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Allie & Nancy

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Rye, Elizabeth, me & Emily

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Spence and Merl

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The fact that practically everyone hit the dance floor area at some point despite the fact that you'd start sweating just by simply standing and socializing was a testament to how good the band was (which we just booked for Red House Ranch!). 

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Fiji's premiere event for the weekend is the Low Hoops basketball tournament.

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Other fraternities and even athletes (like UT football and basketball players!) join the tournament that starts on Wednesday and concluded at this day party.

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Tatum, Laura and I watched as an older Fiji team claimed victory this year.

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Joe and his ladies

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There was definitely not a shortage of these little guys this weekend.

After dinner and a break, we resurrected and somehow garnered up the energy for one last hurrah at SAE Saturday night. It was a weekend unlike most, and I think by the end, we were all thankful for a peaceful Sunday without a fanny pack around our waist or the smell of beer everywhere we turned. And this weekend is dedicated to my dad. He arrived today for Kappa Dad's weekend and we plan to enjoy good food, the good weather, and most importantly, the good father daughter company.


Eight Simple Rules

3.21.2012

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1. Relax

2. Speak and mean.

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3. Eat and taste.

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4. Please care.

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5. Give and ask for.

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6. Passion and patience.

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7. Live and love.

& finally,
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8. Laugh.

Beach Bums

3.20.2012

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What Gulf Shores lacked in sunshine, it made up for in good company.

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{jenny, katie, audrey, laura, lauren & me}
As they say, getting there was half the fun. I spent time with these girls in Baton Rouge before hitting the Alabama coast.

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{me, lauren, laura, audrey & laine}
We arrived to our final destination well after sunset, but still made time to see everyone.

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{spence and caroline}
Neither days or nights were short of social gatherings.

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{jenny, me, cole}
Monday was mostly spent indoors due to unfavorable weather conditions.

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Rarely did we come by a picture without somebody showing their Longhorn pride. This time E Web took care of that.

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Maggie, Claudia, Lauren, Laura, Jack & Katie

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Jenna, Lauren & Julie

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Love ya Weezy!

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While mixing and mingling was the most popular activity of choice for the week, dancing was an alternate option, as Haley and Diandra demonstrate here.

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Mary Caroline, me & Lauren

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Laine, John, me & Meghan

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While perusing through Meghan's iPad this week and happening upon the Notre Dame fight song, I discovered that she too had a fam dedicated to the fighting irish. We have three generations with my oldest brother, dad, and grandfather all being proud Notre Dame grads.

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Allie, MC, Tori & Connor

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{chefs extraordinaire--kirby & cha-cha}
We were warned of long waits and not-so-cheap meals from past spring break Gulf Shores veterans, so most of us came prepared with food to cook for the week. Laura's family gave us delicious authentic cajun jambalaya to take with us and Merl's house cooked the Mexican feast you see above. So while the girls put on their aprons, the boys naturally...

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caught up on the latest issue of Us Weekly.

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Kathryn, Thomas, William, Laine

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Me & Kirby, our annex neighbor right above 2A

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Nicole & Alexandra

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{this map only shows about 1/5 of the UT houses in Gulf Shores and I'd say 1/15 of the all of the college Greek houses}
Over the years, this Gulf Shores trip has become quite the tradition for college freshmen. Other southern universities like Alabama, Georgia, and A&M helped us take over practically every home on West Beach Boulevard.

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I got to see a couple of old friends like Brent from A&M, pictured in the top left.

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But our UT crowd generally stuck together pretty well, like on what was most of our last day, when we threw a day party on this beach mound.

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Jenny, Merl, Will, me, Spence

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Even after only half a week, most of us were in agreement that we were wiped. It was time to go home and get the sleep we never seem to get at school (which obviously hasn't changed considering it's almost 3am right now). I was able to catch up on my z's and with family during my time at home that weekend. Slowly but surely, we're making the transition back into school mode, but come the weekend, I think we will all be Round-Up ready.