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What is/was your favorite social event of the year? We asked both a 1958 initiate and a 2014 initiate:


Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Beta Gamma-Utah, 1958 initiate 

My favorite social event was an exchange – costumes required – with a fraternity, one that my future husband was thinking about pledging. He remembered me because I was being daring by dressing as a bohemian – a little too much for those days in Utah, Oh, yes! A beret and a long cigarette holder that had been used by my aunt in a dance she performed to the tune "Frankie and Johnny."

I didn't smoke so I had to borrow a Salem. I put it in my very French-looking black bone holder and struck a convincing pose. When one of the fraternity brothers offered to light it, I got embarrassed and didn't own up! Needless to say it was a disaster with me coughing and mascara from my too-mascaraed eyelashes running down my cheeks. It was a sight my husband didn't forget. Embarrassment turned to one of the best things in my life. 


Emma Sedoris, Delta Beta-Kentucky affiliate (Beta Psi-Alabama initiate), 2014 initiate

Pictured: 2016 Anchor Ball, Emma is in the top row, 2nd to the right

My favorite social event would have to be Anchor Ball. Anchor Ball is a date party that happens every year at the end of the spring semester, usually in April. Last year’s Anchor Ball was very special because, being a sophomore, you usually live in the chapter house with your member class. Meaning your best friends live five (5) feet away from each other and are together every minute of every day. So Anchor Ball is the last event for us to all be together at the end of the year.

The day of Anchor Ball, we spent the day doing each other’s hair and makeup, putting on our dresses and then going out to eat before the event. Anchor Ball is special because it is the event everyone looks forward to every year. I can’t believe that next year I will be a senior and it will be my last Anchor Ball, but all good things must come to an end and I couldn’t imagine spending it with anyone else but my sisters.


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