College Students Using Adderall to Study for Exams

It used to be that when a student had a test or a paper coming up, he would start preparing for it weeks in advance. He would find motivation to study from within by wanting to do well in a class, and that motivation alone would be enough to help him stay concentrated and driven during his study sessions.

Flash forward to 2011, and there’s a new factor in students’ studying habits. It’s not what every student does, but many do, include Jared Gabay, a senior at Auburn University. What could this new factor be? Gabay and many other students use a “study drug” to give them a little extra study boost.

“I’m more driven,” said Gabay about how he feels when he takes Adderall, a prescription drug that was created to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. “I don’t focus on anything else [except my studies when I have taken an Adderall]. If I have a paper, that’s all I’m doing. No distractions, no socializing, just on with it.”

Many students on campuses across the nation are using Adderall and other ADHD medications, such as Ritalin, to help them study.

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Fun Date Party Ideas for the New School Year

If you are in a sorority or fraternity, then I bet there is one thing that you have sorely been missing this summer and can’t wait for school to start again so you can have it. What could I be talking about? Date parties!

If you are new to the Greek Life and haven’t got a clue what a date party is, let me fill you in. Date parties are usually themed parties hosted by a fraternity or sorority. Members of the fraternity of sorority get to a bring a date to these parties and the couples usually dress up according to the theme.

Although date parties are a lot of fun, sometimes it can be hard to think of a theme. If you are the party planner for your group, feel free to snag some of my ideas from below and then party the night away!

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Sorority and Fraternity Spring Recruitment Guide

In many schools across America, Greek systems will host formal fraternity and sorority recruitment rounds and parties in the spring time for Freshmen and upperclassmen who, for whatever reason, were not ready to embark on the Greek recruitment process in the previous fall semester beginnings. These invitations may also be extended to students who began the sorority and fraternity recruitment process but dropped out before accepting a bid from an organization. Often times, students will wait until spring recruitment to also check around campus for sorority and fraternity reputations to ensure they are a good fit for the potential new member.

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Sorority Girls Fall Victim to Online Sexual Predator

When a student is pledging a fraternity or sorority, often times the Greek organization will minimally investigate the student’s background to ensure that the member is an academically successful, morally responsible and sometimes athletic or philanthropic individual to ensure that the student is an appropriate addition to the Greek organization, and the Greek system as a whole.

Despite negative stereotypes that often plague the Greek community, fraternities and sororities pride themselves on the foundations that each member is socially, intellectually and morally profound and that organization members are some of the most athletic, academic, philanthropic and socially excelled students on campus.

Therefore, when 18 year-old Florida State University freshman Ashley Atchison received on online message from “Lexie” on August 31, 2010 via Facebook, who was claiming to have been assigned to screen Atchison’s past because she was pledging a sorority and specifically looking to take on new leadership roles, nobody thought that was out of the ordinary, invasive or alarming.

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Promote Respect and Prevent Hazing!

hazing preventionAbout Kappa Kappa Gamma: Kappa Kappa Gamma has 137 collegiate chapters in North America and more than 300 alumnae associations. Since its founding in 1870, more than 235,000 women have been initiated. Kappa Kappa Gamma promotes leadership and seeks for every member throughout her life, bonds of friendship, mutual support, opportunities for self-growth, respect for intellectual development and an understanding of and allegiance to positive ethical principles.

Kappa Kappa Gamma Women’s Fraternity is a proud sponsor of National Hazing Prevention Week, September 20-24, 2010. Our goal is to prevent hazing by promoting respect and sisterhood. Hazing comes in many forms, but the most basic definition is any activity or action taken with or without consent that produces mental, emotional or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.

Members of Kappa Kappa Gamma and all Greek-letter organizations have pledged to uphold the values associated with leadership, scholarship and friendship. Yet, we continue to hear about the devastating effects of hazing on campuses. National Hazing Prevention Week is one of several ways we can combat this serious problem. Read the rest of this entry »

National Hazing Prevention Week 2010

hazing preventionIn America, there are over 100 different national fraternities and sororities with millions of members, and over the years, hazing has become a tradition that has plagued the Greek system’s reputation. To combat this demeaning stereotype and to increase awareness and prevention of the actions, many organizations have committed to participating in and promoting National Hazing Prevention Week. This year the campaigns take place September 20-24, 2010.

Hazing is illegal in 44 states across the U.S. and is defined as an action that causes a member or potential member to feel uncomfortable, harmed or embarrassed within a Greek letter organization, regardless of the person being hazed’s willingness to participate.

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The Sorority and Fraternity Pledging Process and Ceremony

Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) Pledge

With some colleges already half way through their recruitment weeks, many of you have been asking what to expect at the pledge ceremony and from the pledge process for fraternities and sororities.

When a potential new member accepts a Greek bid invitation, they become a new member, formally known as a pledge. The word “pledge” has received a negative connotation and as a result, many organizations have chosen to adopt the new title of “member” for the person pledging and “new member education” for the pledge period itself. The ceremony event, however, is still usually referred to as the pledge ceremony. Read the rest of this entry »

What to Expect at Panhellenic Sorority Bid Day

An Alpha Gamma Delta Bid Day Card

With some schools already half-way through their recruitment weeks, many of you have been asking what to expect on Bid Day for Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment.

Bid day is the day that every girl who has been through the complete recruitment process (meaning they have attended every sorority’s recruitment party and been invited back to at least one chapter) receives their sorority bid.

The bid is an actual invitation to join the pledge period of a specific sorority. In most cases, bids are distributed in an envelope, similar to a party invitation. The potential new members open their cards and normally cry or squeal with delight and run (yes, literally run) to their new sorority house. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Stand Out at Rush

With some schools already half-way through their recruitment weeks, many of you have been asking how to stand out during sorority and fraternity recruitment.greek life

Begin by looking at your school’s Greek life website to get an idea of what to wear. You’ll want to dress comfortably so that you can draw on all of your self-confidence. It’s harder to feel self-assured when you’re uncomfortable.

Try to subtly stand out from the crowd. Girls should choose a memorable piece of jewelry or interesting color dress and guys should choose a memorable hat or distinctive colored shirt, Don’t try too hard though, you want to fit in well with their organization.

[Also read What to Wear to Sorority Rush or What to Wear to Fraternity Rush.]

When holding conversations with the members, most are looking for key factors to ensure that you will be an active, contributing member to the organization. They want to know that you are: Read the rest of this entry »

How to Transition to College Greek Life after Pledging

greek for meCongratulations! You made it through rush week, bid day, you’ve pledged, and got yourself to be a full-fledged member of a fraternity or sorority on your campus! At, this week’s guest blogger for, we’re champions of all the benefits the Greek system offers, and are more than simply your sorority apparel and fraternity apparel headquarters – we’re your Greek go-tos! We’re Greeks ourselves, and made the transition from regular ol’ college student life to Greek life, too. It’s not always as easy as you’d think, so read on for ways to make your transition as smooth sailing as possible!

Higher Standard of Ethics

Many Greek organizations are esteemed in rich tradition and have been around for decades, if not centuries! They have a specific mission, goals, and most importantly, a code of ethics. You’ll be expected to ensure your behavior falls in line with these ethics, such as contributing positively to the community, participating in philanthropic events, and upholding high academic standards. Of course, your personality and fun spirit should still shine through; just know that your actions now reflect not only on yourself, but on your fraternity or sorority, too! Read the rest of this entry »


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