The website Jezebel started a trend of posting ridiculous emails and handbooks from sororities with an email from the Alpha Chi Omega chapter at University of Southern California. To add to the list of infamous AXO emails, Columbia’s own chapter has been featured with a leaked handbook for Recruitment Week 2014-2015. The handbook totals at 30 pages, including an exhaustive list telling each member how they should look and act during Recruitment Week in order to attract new recruits.
Among the many requirements and suggestions in the handbook, a few stand out for being excessively intrusive and demanding. In the beauty department, the author swears by putting Vaseline on every body part as well as avoiding the “natural look” for hair. The members are also offered a detailed list of options for what they can wear during recruitment and, dammit, it better be coral, white, or mint. As if that wasn’t hard enough, you need to have your outfit approved MONTHS before recruitment.
In terms of how the women should act during recruitment, AXO wants you to have your best game face on when it comes time to catch prospective members during Recruitment. Members should have down pat their speech on why to join AXO, and they are encouraged to attend workshops to refine their “heart sell.” Finally, members are absolutely required to attend recruitment events, and the sorority even asks its members to not get mad over all of these demands. The handbook reads, “Please refrain from attacking us as individuals or becoming personally offended if we ask you to wear something else, change your hair, wear more makeup, etc. For 361 days of the year, I do not care what you wear. These 4 days, my team and I have the final say.” Whatever you say, boss.
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