By Xiomara “LunarIx” Santana, Staff Writer
The annual Midwest Formal was hosted by The University of Iowa Colony Chapter on May 20. At Iowa’s first national event, Chapters from the Midwest region gathered to honor the sorority’s newest members and engage with other sisters in the region. Although every sister at the chapter was involved with the event’s preparation, sisters Yasmin “Solana” DeAnda and Victoria “Prakāśa” Yee were the main coordinators, spearheading the process. Through much of their efforts, the event was able to run smoothly.
Sisters checked in at 5:30 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union. As they entered, they were given a Beauty and The Beast themed t-shirt, designed by Sister Prakāśa. Additionally, as a special treat, the neophytes were given uniquely shaped mugs to match the theme. Dinner was provided by the university’s catering services and was served between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. After dinner, the neophyte ceremony took place, which was led by Vanessa “panaXea” Au, the current chapter advisor as well as a founding member of the Iowa chapter. Sister panaXea ensured that the new members were certain of the commitment and dedication they have pledged towards becoming sisters of Delta Phi Lambda.
After the ceremony, sisters took a short break to take pictures and change for upcoming performances. The neophytes of Grand Valley State University and DePaul University took the stage and showed off their new strolls. With the excitement of seeing new sisters perform, sisters started a long stroll line to our national stroll, Silver, one of the two national strolls. This moment demonstrated the sisterhood bond that sisters continue to carry, regardless of their crossing years. The dancing continued, with different lineages and chapters showing off their strolls, until the closing announcements and gift exchanges.
Although the Midwest Formal is a time where new members are formally welcomed into the everlasting sisterhood, it also provides so much more to the sisters. It is a time when sisters can finally meet others outside their respective chapters and online contacts, create bonds with one another, share memorable experiences, and create a network that offers support for each other.
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