By Bryan Jefferson, ΒΨ
One of the coolest and most special parts of Psi is our remarkable, everlasting bond with the sisters of Tau Beta Sigma. Anything this incredible deserves a celebration, and luckily for us, the Directors of Brotherhood/Sisterhood Relations from Kappa Kappa Psi (Adriana Vree) and Tau Beta Sigma (Aylin Henstridge) planned a week-long “B/S week” where we had the opportunity to enjoy each others company, reflect on some of the values that bring us together, and of course, take part in some friendly competition. The week was action-packed with activities, games, and opportunities to make new friends as well as strengthen existing friendships, and a dash of studying -- because week 6 consists of working on assignments, starting new papers or getting ready for your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd midterm of the quarter! But with the support of your "brosters", absolutely anything is possible!
To prepare for the upcoming week ahead, the brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi and sisters of Tau Beta Sigma had the opportunity to fill out a google form to participate in a Virtual PsiEk date night! A Brother and a Sister were paired together and given the opportunity to plan a virtual hangout any day throughout the week to catch up and play some fun activities. This was a great way to meet one-on-one with a friend or meet someone new and hangout! The first group event of the week was the B/S Olympics! All of the Brosters that attended the virtual event were split into groups of 3-4 and had the chance to meet up in a breakout room to create a team name and bond. Then, each group had to tackle challenges like relay races to see which group was the fastest to run around grabbing random household objects, and riff offs testing the quickness with which the groups are able to recall and sing the first song that comes to mind when given a word!
Because week 6 can be pretty class-intensive and demanding, the Directors of Brotherhood/Sisterhood Relations and their committees had our backs! Not only did they give us opportunities to de-stress and enjoy one of the best parts about school (our friends!), they also had a virtual study room open everyday of the week that there was not an event scheduled, for brosters to drop in and study together. It was a great opportunity to help each other cram for midterms or give a quick “good luck” and offer support! The concluding event of the week was the B/S Amazing Race. This virtual event allowed teams to travel all around the world (virtually), from France to Germany and pick up clues from the DOBSRs and their committee members in order to solve fun, yet thought provoking, riddles and move onto the next step. This was one of the most fun events of the week and each group definitely played to win. The final awards were incredibly suspenseful as some groups were only seconds to milliseconds away from winning, but ultimately only one group could take home the title of first place! Throughout the week, brothers and sisters were given prompts to talk about some of the most important aspects of the bond and why it’s so important. Especially in difficult times, the bond is something that keeps us going and B/S week was an incredible reminder of the friendship, support, appreciation and love that Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma have for each other.