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09

Apr

An Open Letter To LGBTQ High School Students Considering Texas A&M

danhz:

Howdy Prospective Aggie!

Unfortunately, the troubling story of Texas A&M’s Student Senate has reached beyond the bubble that is my beloved Aggieland. On Wednesday night, the group passed a “Religious Funding Exemption Bill,” which would allow students to opt-out of paying a portion of university-required student fees for “religious purposes.”

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This is some “good bull” to put it in Aggie terminology. I love LOVE Texas A&M, and it always saddens me when the ignorance and hatred of a few brings shame upon my great university. Aggies who write letters like this, who convey the true meaning of the Aggie spirit in all of their actions, they make me proud beyond words.

24

Mar

So…spring break had me a little MIA. I was catching up with friends, and attempting to recover from all of the fun I squeezed into every waking hour (which was roughly 20 out of every 24) of 2.25 days of SXSW. It was amazing. Over the next few days I’ll be sharing some I my favorite bands from my South By experience. A few I was familiar with, but most were wonderful new discoveries, and I hope to share them with you. 
I hope all of those who made the journey to South By enjoyed the music, the culture, and beauty of Austin. We welcome you to Texas, but please don’t move into my city!

So…spring break had me a little MIA. I was catching up with friends, and attempting to recover from all of the fun I squeezed into every waking hour (which was roughly 20 out of every 24) of 2.25 days of SXSW. It was amazing. Over the next few days I’ll be sharing some I my favorite bands from my South By experience. A few I was familiar with, but most were wonderful new discoveries, and I hope to share them with you.
I hope all of those who made the journey to South By enjoyed the music, the culture, and beauty of Austin. We welcome you to Texas, but please don’t move into my city!

13

Mar

Vacation Anticipation

The last few days as sweet freedom draws near are difficult. My spring break begins when I finish my TA work tomorrow (kind of…I still have stuff to do, but I can escape Oklahoma), and get in my VW to drive to my hometown of Austin. Awaiting me is sunshine, sandal weather, and the full-fledged, glorious chaos that is SXSW. Needless to say this whole week has been a struggle. (Did I live stream the Waterloo Records Stage instead of writing a research design this afternoon? Guilty.) I’m in the final countdown. 30 hours from now and I should be safely in the ATX planning a brunch time at 24 Diner with some of my best friends! I’ll keep you posted on my South By adventures—they promise to be wondrous!

12

Mar

I regularly look to song lyrics for my emotional needs. I think it’s amazing that a song can get me, can speak to me, and can completely change my day. 
This week for example, I got on the struggle bus, and it looks like it’s going to be a long ride to Thursday afternoon (when I’m officially starting my spring break). For motivation today, I’ve turned to Florence + The Machine. I’m going to “Shake it Out” and make the most of this Tuesday (as tediously long as it may seem)…

I regularly look to song lyrics for my emotional needs. I think it’s amazing that a song can get me, can speak to me, and can completely change my day.
This week for example, I got on the struggle bus, and it looks like it’s going to be a long ride to Thursday afternoon (when I’m officially starting my spring break). For motivation today, I’ve turned to Florence + The Machine. I’m going to “Shake it Out” and make the most of this Tuesday (as tediously long as it may seem)…

10

Mar

2013 obsessions: flannel and Kendra Scott
First: flannel. I’m not sure how I went this long without having some key flannel pieces in my closet (maybe it has something to do with growing up in Texas). It’s comfy and warm. You can wear it casually (it’s my fave for study days) or dress it up for a night out. It’s low key and you can use the many colors to draw upon for accessorizing. For instance, it looks great with some nice jewels. 
Second: Kendra Scott is like my jewelry spirit guide. I love everything she makes. This is her Sophia necklace in Lapis. I got it on sale (sign up for her mailing list and there’s always special going on). Her current getaway collection is perfect for summer. I’m hoping to save up enough to invest in a few key pieces. 
And that’s my Sunday fashion update! Bon weekend, everyone!

2013 obsessions: flannel and Kendra Scott
First: flannel. I’m not sure how I went this long without having some key flannel pieces in my closet (maybe it has something to do with growing up in Texas). It’s comfy and warm. You can wear it casually (it’s my fave for study days) or dress it up for a night out. It’s low key and you can use the many colors to draw upon for accessorizing. For instance, it looks great with some nice jewels.
Second: Kendra Scott is like my jewelry spirit guide. I love everything she makes. This is her Sophia necklace in Lapis. I got it on sale (sign up for her mailing list and there’s always special going on). Her current getaway collection is perfect for summer. I’m hoping to save up enough to invest in a few key pieces.
And that’s my Sunday fashion update! Bon weekend, everyone!

07

Mar

Throwback Thursday: Love Shack by The B-52's

I don’t know about you, but by Thursday I’m completely ready for an escape. While I can’t drop everything and run down to Austin for South by Southwest (as much as I would love to), I thought I’d take a musical journey. This song was a favorite of my parents, and it always reminds me of fun childhood memories! So wash away your Thursday blues with a little trip down to the love shack!

My favorite symbol of Alpha Delta Pi may very well be our crest. It’s a sacred emblem which only initiated members may wear, because only an initiated sister can fully appreciate all of its symbolism and secrets. 
Both loyal and strong, fierce and beautiful, the lion rests regally atop the crest. The stars and the clasped hand of friendship from the badge are there, as is our motto. It’s truly a thing of beauty—to be treasured and admired by sisters everywhere. 
I once had someone ask, “Why a crest? Aren’t crests more of a family thing?”
I replied, yes. And Alpha Delta Pi is a family—one that I chose and one that chose me. It is an everlasting sisterhood—a promise of friendship and support, forever.

My favorite symbol of Alpha Delta Pi may very well be our crest. It’s a sacred emblem which only initiated members may wear, because only an initiated sister can fully appreciate all of its symbolism and secrets.
Both loyal and strong, fierce and beautiful, the lion rests regally atop the crest. The stars and the clasped hand of friendship from the badge are there, as is our motto. It’s truly a thing of beauty—to be treasured and admired by sisters everywhere.
I once had someone ask, “Why a crest? Aren’t crests more of a family thing?”
I replied, yes. And Alpha Delta Pi is a family—one that I chose and one that chose me. It is an everlasting sisterhood—a promise of friendship and support, forever.

06

Mar

Remember the Alamo
Yesterday, one of my graduate professors made a joke about the Alamo. I’m sure he didn’t realize he was doing it just a day before the anniversary of the historic event where so many valiant Texans gave their lives, but I did. I did because I am Texan. My family members (the Campbell’s), fought at the Battle of San Jacinto. It’s even rumored one of them made the shackles used to imprison Santa Anna. How’s that for historical ties?
I don’t always agree with the way Texas does things.  I’ll always vote blue, for instance. That’s the Austin part of my of my heritage though. I don’t love Texas any less. I’m a Texan through and through. I love BBQ and Tex-Mex; my favorite season is wildflower season; I bleed Aggie Maroon and White (Whoop); I love Dr. Pepper, Shiner Bock, and Blue Bell; I live for live music festivals like ACL and SXSW; I say howdy and y’all on a regular basis; I know what a gentleman looks like and what it is to be treated like a lady. Every April 21, on San Jacinto Day, I honor the sacred tradition of Aggie Muster, and you bet I remember the Alamo on March 6. 
You damn well better believe that if someone picks in my great state, they will get an earful. I love Texas. But I try to be a little forgiving…not everyone was so privileged as to be born in the greatest state in the world.
“You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas.” -Davy Crockett, Defender of the Alamo

Remember the Alamo
Yesterday, one of my graduate professors made a joke about the Alamo. I’m sure he didn’t realize he was doing it just a day before the anniversary of the historic event where so many valiant Texans gave their lives, but I did. I did because I am Texan. My family members (the Campbell’s), fought at the Battle of San Jacinto. It’s even rumored one of them made the shackles used to imprison Santa Anna. How’s that for historical ties?
I don’t always agree with the way Texas does things. I’ll always vote blue, for instance. That’s the Austin part of my of my heritage though. I don’t love Texas any less. I’m a Texan through and through. I love BBQ and Tex-Mex; my favorite season is wildflower season; I bleed Aggie Maroon and White (Whoop); I love Dr. Pepper, Shiner Bock, and Blue Bell; I live for live music festivals like ACL and SXSW; I say howdy and y’all on a regular basis; I know what a gentleman looks like and what it is to be treated like a lady. Every April 21, on San Jacinto Day, I honor the sacred tradition of Aggie Muster, and you bet I remember the Alamo on March 6.
You damn well better believe that if someone picks in my great state, they will get an earful. I love Texas. But I try to be a little forgiving…not everyone was so privileged as to be born in the greatest state in the world.
“You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas.” -Davy Crockett, Defender of the Alamo

Throw what you know! Classy ADPi’s throw their diamonds up all around the world (this is at Manly Beach in Australia). 
The beauty of the diamond is in its 4 points, representing the foundations of Alpha Delta Pi: scholarship, social, service, and, of course, sisterhood. As represented by the diamond, Alpha Delta Pi seeks to develop well balanced women, who are prepared to face anything the world may throw at them. 
The diamond is also a symbol of strength. It represents a change that has resulted in flawless beauty. Whether a diamond in the rough, or in a flawless setting, Alpha Delta Pis make the world a more beautiful place.

Throw what you know! Classy ADPi’s throw their diamonds up all around the world (this is at Manly Beach in Australia).
The beauty of the diamond is in its 4 points, representing the foundations of Alpha Delta Pi: scholarship, social, service, and, of course, sisterhood. As represented by the diamond, Alpha Delta Pi seeks to develop well balanced women, who are prepared to face anything the world may throw at them.
The diamond is also a symbol of strength. It represents a change that has resulted in flawless beauty. Whether a diamond in the rough, or in a flawless setting, Alpha Delta Pis make the world a more beautiful place.

05

Mar

I love my sisterhood so much, it’s often difficult to put into words. This is quite possibly because someone else already, so eloquently, did so in the Alpha Delta Pi Creed. 
The Creed truly embodies all of the facets of my sorority. 
My favorite line is, “I believe that our motto, ‘We Live for Each Other,’ expresses the true spirit of fraternity; and that by living this motto my life will be enriched by true friendships and by unselfish service to mankind.”
Selfless service is not only a cornerstone of our sisterhood, but also of my personal philosophy. When I first heard these word spoken during recruitment, they rang true to me, and helped me realize that my heart belonged to Alpha Delta Pi. I try to do my best to live everyday in a way that will serve my sisterhood and make my sisters proud. “We Live for Each Other” is more than just a motto, it truly is a way of life. 
I believe in Alpha Delta Pi…

I love my sisterhood so much, it’s often difficult to put into words. This is quite possibly because someone else already, so eloquently, did so in the Alpha Delta Pi Creed.
The Creed truly embodies all of the facets of my sorority.
My favorite line is, “I believe that our motto, ‘We Live for Each Other,’ expresses the true spirit of fraternity; and that by living this motto my life will be enriched by true friendships and by unselfish service to mankind.”
Selfless service is not only a cornerstone of our sisterhood, but also of my personal philosophy. When I first heard these word spoken during recruitment, they rang true to me, and helped me realize that my heart belonged to Alpha Delta Pi. I try to do my best to live everyday in a way that will serve my sisterhood and make my sisters proud. “We Live for Each Other” is more than just a motto, it truly is a way of life.
I believe in Alpha Delta Pi…