By Whitney “Airyn” Newton, Staff Writer
Last month, I celebrated my eighth anniversary with Delta Phi Lambda. I crossed into Everlasting Sisterhood on April 1, 2010, as part of the Nu Class of the associate chapter at Illinois State University. The chapter at Illinois State has since closed its doors after a majority of its membership graduated in 2015. While the chapter may no longer be active at Illinois State, it still continues to hold a charter at the university, and our sisters continue to maintain relationships with other Greek organizations and Asian-focused clubs on campus.
The bond between the sisters from the Illinois State chapter of Delta Phi Lambda continuously proves that this sisterhood is everlasting. While many of the sisters are spread throughout Illinois, we still find opportunities to come together. Every October, we head back to Illinois State to participate in homecoming activities to support our alma mater. Jemi “Phrysia” Puno, my line sister, usually takes the initiative and begins the planning in advance, using many of the planning techniques we developed as collegiate members. We see homecoming as an opportunity to meet with women that have expressed interest in Delta Phi Lambda, usually heading to Fusion Brew (the sisters’ favorite hangout spot for bubble tea).
For sisterhood on St. Patrick’s Day, sisters headed to Chicago to celebrate sister Boh “Chrysalis” Song’s birthday. St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago is packed with festivities, kicked off with dyeing the Chicago River a bright green. In April, we celebrated Heather “Ayame” Willmitch’s birthday, where sisters headed to central Illinois for an escape room, dinner, and an arcade.
Most often, food brings us all together. Working only a few blocks from my little sister Linda “Nixie” Ngai, we usually meet up during the work day for lunch. During weekends, I catch up over lunch or dinner with my other little, Maya “Seraphi” Williams, who lives in the same city. Even when my twin, Jemi, has a layover in Chicago, we try to coordinate to meet up for some good deep-dish pizza.
Female leaders currently attending or who will attend Illinois State University are encouraged to reach out for information on re-chartering Delta Phi Lambda on campus. We have a strong support system of sisters, and we would love to see the ladies of navy blue and silver back in the Redbird Nation.
I am more than happy to talk to anyone interested. Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Justina Ho, national vice president of expansion, at email@example.com.
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