My Journey to Authenticity

By Priscilla Blackie Varner (Theta Sigma, University of North Florida)     My name is Priscilla Blackie Varner, and I was born in Charleston, South Carolina on August 5, 1972. My mom (a former race car driver) and my dad (always a troublemaker) met in summer school and married when my dad returned after serving […]

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Building a Legacy of Philanthropy

By Grace Gardner (Theta Upsilon, University of South Carolina), assistant director of education and leadership initiatives When asked why they joined Alpha Chi Omega, many women share that they were drawn to our national philanthropy, domestic violence awareness. As issues that primarily affect women, domestic violence awareness and, by extension, sexual assault awareness and prevention […]


Authenticity and Advice from a TikTok Creator

By Lauren Filippini (Alpha Chi, Butler University), editor One million followers. It’s a milestone for any social media content creator, and Madison Anne (Gamma Chi, Stetson University) hit that number on TikTok within two years of her first video. That video focused on how to find your bra size and set the course for Madison’s […]

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Finding Her Past, Present and Future

By Lauren Filippini (Alpha Chi, Butler University), editor If you’ve watched the Netflix documentary Found – about three adopted teenagers who discover they’re cousins and travel to China to learn about their history – you may have noticed a few Alpha Chi moments, like a Dad’s Day event banner and a T-shirt. That’s because one […]

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Living Authentically with Bipolar Disorder

By Chelsea Skye Smith (Alpha Omega, Birmingham-Southern College) Content warning: Mentions of mental illness, self-harm, suicide, sexual promiscuity and medications It has always been important for me to help disrupt the judgment surrounding mental illness. I went into college knowing I wanted to study psychology, but it was the little things about mental health stigmatization […]


Our Heritage, My Passion

By Lynne Herndon (Alpha Upsilon, The University of Alabama), National President For as long as I can remember, I have loved listening to music. Some of my fondest memories are Friday nights in middle school spending the night with friends, calling the radio station and requesting our favorite songs. We would listen for hours waiting […]

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Convention Page Reflection

From helping out at ceremonies to deepening her connection to Alpha Chi Omega, Katie Ault (Beta Delta, College of William & Mary) looks back fondly on her experience as a 2018 convention page. It’s not too late to apply to serve as a page this year in Bellevue – applications close March 13!  Why did […]

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Support of the Arts: Star Studio

In the early 1900s, Marian Nevins MacDowell (Zeta, New England Conservatory) and her husband dedicated their New Hampshire farm to creating a community “where artists could work in an ideal place in the stimulating company of peers.” That community is now known as MacDowell, located in the town of Petersborough.   MacDowell was Alpha Chi Omega’s first […]