Our Zeta Babies, Not So Much (Warning: Extreme Cuteness)

It’s Bid Day, and in a few minutes, you are about to meet the future of your chapter! An exciting moment. The soon-to-be sisters who are about to run toward you represent the next generation of best friends, Little Sisters, study buddies and leaders of your chapter. There is a lot riding on their amazing-ness.

You hope they are as intelligent, kind, friendly, fun, involved and driven as they came across in recruitment! But yet … sometimes, our ZTA sisters call them “our Zeta babies.”

It just doesn’t add up.

While we understand that Zetas who use this term likely mean it as a term of endearment, new members are not babies. If we want them to be the members and leaders we recruited them to be, we need to call them and treat them like the women they are.

8 Ways New Members Can Bond Without Hazing

One of the notorious excuses for hazing is it promotes group unity. Research shows that most members who have been hazed don’t feel that it made them closer (Allan & Madden, 2008).

A positive new member experience creates unity and strengthens their love for ZTA all at once. Below are just a few ways new members can bond without hazing as a part of the process.

Go out for ice cream or frozen yogurt. Just watch your face.

Play intramural sports together, like softball, soccer or volleyball.
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Your VP II-New Member Coordinator can organize a new member retreat/sleepover.

Learn about the beautiful history and values of Zeta Tau Alpha through new member meetings.
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Watch an awards show together and see if you can predict the next fall from Jennifer Lawrence. Remember this one?

Help a sister out by studying together.
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Eat anything and everything with strawberries in it.

Play fun games and team-building activities to get to know each other.
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Reference: Allan, E.J & Madden, M. (2008). Hazing in view: College students at risk. Retrieved from http://umaine.edu/hazingresearch/files/2012/10/hazing_in_view_web.pdf

Quiz: What type of Big Sister are you?

Hazing has no place in ZTA, especially between a Big and Little Sister. ZTA sisterhood is many things, but hazing is NOT one of them.

Take this Buzzfeed-style quiz to find out which on-screen big sister portrays your relationship with your Little. This quiz is totally (not) science-based.

BigSisQuizJoin the National Hazing Prevention Week conversation on social media by tagging #NHPW14 and #ZTASisterhoodIs.

Sisterhood Is…

We’re kicking off National Hazing Prevention Week 2014 by bringing you some of the best things ZTA has to offer.

ZTA sisterhood means different things to each of us. What does sisterhood mean to you? Let us know what you would add to this list by using the hashtag #ZTASisterhoodIs.

ZTA Sisterhood Is… Accepting someone for who they truly are.

ZTA Sisterhood Is… Looking out for each another.

ZTA Sisterhood Is… Sincere, open and honest.

ZTA Sisterhood Is… Being there for you when you need some tough love.

ZTA Sisterhood Is… Making each other smile.

ZTA Sisterhood Is… Working together toward a common goal.

ZTA Sisterhood Is… Being trusting and supportive of each other.

ZTA Sisterhood Is… Standing up for one another in times of need.

ZTA Sisterhood Is… “Synchronized lady dancing…” during recruitment or a campus performance.

ZTA Sisterhood Is… Timeless and unconditional—even when someone might not want our Zeta Love at that moment.

ZTA Sisterhood Is… Commitment to preventing and confronting hazing.

ZTA supports HazingPrevention.Org and National Hazing Prevention Week (#NHPW14). To be part of our celebration, fill in the blank on Twitter.
ZTA Sisterhood Is______________.