Activity Spotlight: Sigma Kappa Tau, Not Your Typical Sorority
What is your first thought when you hear the words “sorority” or “Greek life?” Thanks to modern day media, most people have a negative perception on what Greek life is really all about. The ladies of Sigma Kappa Tau, King’s College’s only sorority, do what they can to fight off that stigma.
Sigma Kappa Tau (EKT) was founded in 1974 by Mary Barret and has been part of the King’s College community ever since. They are a no-hazing group that focuses on service and volunteer work in many different forms. Some of their past projects include building houses with Habitat for Humanity; participating in the annual Bras Across the Bridge event for breast cancer awareness; sorting and packaging food at local food banks; walking in Relay for Life; working at open houses, Accepted Students Day; and ushering at masses and graduation righthere on campus.
Cecelia Rodriguez, the current president of Sigma Kappa Tau, said there are a variety of ways that people form misconceptions of sororities.
“Everyone assumes that they know what a “typical” sorority is,” Rodriguez said. “They see representations in television, movies, literature and even the news, which focus on sensational negative stories. This kind of representation influences students’ opinions of sororities before they even step foot on a campus.”
Even though the foundation of EKT is Christian service, women do not have to be Christian to join. All of the sisters are diverse in faith, interests, majors, hobbies, personal styles and everything in between. They truly live up to their motto: “Individually unique, together complete,” and will never turn a girl away based on her beliefs.
While they enjoy helping the community and volunteering, EKT is not all hard work. Different bonding events are held every semester to strengthen the bonds of sisterhood and help the girls unwind from their busy schedules. These can range from impromptu spa and movie nights to attending school events such as dances and sports games. Alexandria Jamilowski, one of the EKT sisters, considers the bonding events to be one of her favorite things.
“If there’s one thing I look forward to during the school year, it’s the bonding events with my sisters,” Jamilowski said. “Each and every one of us is very different, and it’s these events that foster the unity among us. Without spending this time together, and the undying benefits we receive from it, we would not be the amazing, supportive group of ladies that we are today. That makes me proud to be part of Sigma Kappa Tau.”
Rodriguez said the bonds formed in EKT are some of the most important ones in her life.
“My sisters have been my confidants, partners-in-crime, jesters, supporters, tutors, words of wisdom and encouragement,” Rodriguez said. “College is scary, challenging and hard, but having people right there by your side through it all not only makes these fours year a blast, but it leaves you with moments you will never forget, stories you’ll never live down and nothing you’ll ever regret.”
Rodriguez said anyone interested in joining EKT and who wants to know what the sorority is about should meet the sisters themselves.
“The only way to know what we are, and who we are, is to come meet us,” Rodriguez said. “Learn our names, our majors, our goals for after commencement. We are not the girls you see on television, or hear about in the news. We are your neighbors, your fellow classmates, and if you’re willing to look beyond any misconceptions, we can be your sisters.”
There are no requirements for joining other than a 2.5 GPA requirement. Sophomores and juniors are welcome to join the sisterhood during this fall semester, and first years, sophomores and juniors are welcome to join during the spring. For more information on Sigma Kappa Tau or joining you can contact Ms. Rodriguez via e-mail (CeceliaRodriguez@kings.edu), or keep an eye on student announcements and e-mails for information on upcoming meet and greets.
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