Professional frats plan for future

first_imgThough many Greek organizations emphasize brotherhood, sisterhood, service and scholarship, the pre-professional fraternities that make up the Professional Fraternity Council have a central focus on the professional development of their members.PFC governs the four pre-professional fraternities that exist under the council: Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-med fraternity; Alpha Kappa Psi, the business fraternity; Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity; and Sigma Phi Delta, the engineering fraternity. But USC is known to have additional professional fraternities that are not within PFC, with focuses including leadership, architecture, cinema and accounting.One of the two business fraternities on campus, Alpha Kappa Psi demonstrates how chapter requirements vary from fraternity to fraternity.Unlike its counterpart Delta Sigma Pi, which is known for only accepting accounting, business, economic or international relations (global business) majors, AKP accepts students of all academic backgrounds and focuses on more general skills, no matter the member’s desired career path.“Our program provides students with the soft skills of business not learned in class, for example, how to write a resume or how to do a cover letter,” said AKP President Sam Loke. “During the pledge program, you are exposed to different kinds of workshops — public speaking, how to do a case competition, debate. We offer very concrete, hands-on activities and events. [New members] don’t just learn the theory of it — they also have to execute it.”Though the application and recruitment process for professional fraternities varies from chapter to chapter, it’s typical for the fraternities to require an application and an interview.Alpha Kappa Psi’s process includes an additional weeklong rush process that includes meeting with the chapter as well as attending a professional workshop, an alumni panel about the pledging process and benefits of active membership and a social event. Rush is completed with an interview and potentially the offering of a bid.Professional fraternities look for a variety of characteristics in their potential new members.“What I look for is someone who is very eager to learn,” Loke said. “The chapter wants pledges who are looking for a sense of brotherhood, someone who comes in on day one and at the end of the process has gone through personal and professional development. We do emphasize personal development a lot, a lot of self-reflection — working on a team and then reflecting on your role and how you can better yourself when you work in another team.”Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity, is another participating member of PFC that welcomes students of all majors and grade levels. Though the organization’s focus is professional, members also attend football games together and host social events. Students do not have to be positive they want a career in law to be a part of the fraternity, and many use this group as an opportunity to learn more about the field.PAD has guest speakers who range from test prep company representatives advising on how to prepare for the LSAT to current law students and professors discussing life during law school to lawyers from different fields who give examples of the many areas of law.“We always try to have one speaker a semester come in and talk about other options similar to law but not necessarily law,” said junior Jordan Gary, secretary of PAD. “As we like to say, PAD is kind of a place to figure out if law school is right for you. I’m really interested in sports law, and PAD definitely helped me figure that out.”Gary said she was inspired by a talk given by an entertainment lawyer who discussed how one of his colleagues worked for the Dodgers during their owner transfer.“This made me realize that was an avenue available to me,” Gary said.Engineering fraternity membership requirements are different — Sigma Phi Delta only accepts undergraduate Viterbi School of Engineering students.Junior Ashtyn Chen, former SPD secretary, said many of their activities involve networking with alumni so it is critical that members are actually interested in working in that field.“A bunch of our alumni are at Boeing, Tesla, Intel, you name it — all of them come back and tell us about opportunities,” said Chen. “This semester, we have a friend who works at Microsoft, and he came down and set up all the Hackathons down in Long Beach, and we basically [brought] Microsoft Hackathon down here.”Though many of the engineering firms are not immediately located in Los Angeles, the alumni connection brings them back to home base.“A lot of alumni still come by because Boeing is down in Long Beach, Chevron is down in [El] Segundo,” Chen said. “A lot of companies are in this area. The house sponsors bowling events and going to Six Flags — trying to integrate the young people with the alumni. The connection base is very good.”In addition to helping students get a foot in the door job-wise, professional fraternities offer a system of support for its members outside of the classroom or the office.“Everyone who rushes Alpha Kappa Psi has a different reason,” Loke said. “It could be wanting to gain a brotherhood or sense of family, or network the opportunities because our alumni is pretty strong within the L.A. region, in terms of investment banking, consulting, marketing and so on and so forth. It really depends on the individual and what they want to get out of it.”Though he joined as a freshman after realizing that few of his friends held the same academic interests he did, Chen said the fraternity has become much more than a group of students who share professional goals.“It’s very rare for me to find people in my major, so I came out for a barbeque during rush week,” Chen said. “I met a lot of the brothers here, and they all seemed chill. It feels more like a family than this club that meets every week to fulfill an agenda. We actually care about the success of each one of us.”As with any large organization, professional fraternities are not immune to misconceptions — one of which, Gary said, is that there’s no difference between them and the other Greek organizations.“They have that stigma that all they do is party. I personally don’t think that’s all that [IFC] fraternities are — I think they do a lot more for the USC community — so that’s a bad stigma to get, but I think we get caught up in it when it definitely does not apply to us.”One aspect of the IFC fraternities and Panhellenic sororities Gary admires is their strong sense of community.“I’d like to see [professional fraternities] come together as a group more,” Gary said. “I think that we could do philanthropies — maybe not necessarily go out to the soccer field and play soccer drunk every Friday — but I think we could definitely make it fun and group-oriented. I think all of the professional fraternities, even though they each have their different focuses, all serve the same general purpose for their members.”last_img read more

Syracuse overpowers Colgate, 7-0, in second-straight sweep

first_imgAs players and coaches watched from a distance, Syracuse’s Libi Mesh stepped back and fired a ball that made her opponent, Colgate’s Kelly Klein, fall into the netting on the far left-hand corner of the court. Mesh let out a holler and fist pump after closing out the day’s longest match. Syracuse (2-0) tallied its second straight win, 7-0, against Colgate (0-1) by overpowering the Raiders. SU won all 15 sets on the day including 10 sets where the Orange came out on top 6-0.  Syracuse’s victory on Friday at Drumlins Country Club marks the first time the Orange has opened a season with consecutive 7-0 wins since 2009.“It’s never easy to play an opponent that deep down you know you are gonna beat,” SU head coach Younes Limam said.Syracuse opened the match with the season debut of the Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez doubles duo, the No. 16 doubles pairing in the nation. Knutson and Ramirez’s 6-1 victory in doubles, alongside 6-0 and 6-1 wins from the other SU pairings, helped propel the Orange towards controlling the match, Knutson said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth Knutson and Ramirez dominated their singles matches by making their opponents cover the court. After a serve, Knutson emphasized hitting the ball near the sidelines to wear out Mackenzie Deeter, the Raiders first singles player. In most instances, players from Colgate would return shots at a high angle or just whiff on the ball completely to give up points. Knutson and Ramirez, SU’s first and second singles players, each dropped just one game in their singles matches.“Today we were a team that didn’t let the ball go across the court more than three times,” Knutson said, “I think that is why we were able to win so quickly.”The match’s most competitive game featured Mesh, who found herself tied in the second set, 2-2, against Klein after sweeping the first set. After making Klein miss on a crucial swing to come back in the second set, Mesh became animated. “I was rushing a bit and got a little nervous,” Mesh said, “so in order to get rid of that, I started to get more loud and it helped.”Up 5-3, Mesh rallied off three straight points and yelled “Come on!” after her backhand swing ended the tough match. It was the only competitive moment of the day.  “(Winning like this) can be a blessing and a curse.” Knutson said,“We feel really good, but we also can’t let ourselves get de-motivated.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 26, 2018 at 6:52 pm Contact KJ: | @KJEdelmanlast_img read more

Fastned tests fast chargers at German supermarkets

Source: Fastned Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine European fast charging network operator Fastned has partnered with German supermarket chain REWE for a pilot that will test the interest of EV drivers in fast charging while shopping for groceries.The partnership will start with a pilot at four REWE Region Mitte supermarkets around Frankfurt, and the companies intend to expand it to additional locations.Fastned’s stations are powered exclusively by sustainable energy from local sources.“REWE [has] an extensive network of suitable locations, and sustainability is part of their mission,” said Michiel Langezaal, CEO of Fastned. “We are confident that we can provide a valuable service to customers of REWE and grow the number of fast charging stations in the future.” read more