Sorority Life 2, Episode 2: Ya-Ya Sisterhoodby Jen Shrader -- 03/09/2003
What's the difference between a rushee and a pledge? A few University of Buffalo credits apparently. And the fun ensues when six of the pledges are forced to co-habitate.
Previously on Sorority Life 2: There were 19 rushees and 10 were chosen. The sorority wants six pledges so it can "control" them. Janel, the uber-bitch social chair, says the pledges will have to impress her.
This week starts out with more shots of the city, just in case we forgot where we were. The pledges interview about their chances of getting a bid.
Meanwhile, the sisters prepare for "Pref Night," where all the pledges are brought up for interviews and the final decision is made.
Someone asks Karissa what she likes to talk about and she says "diseases." I'm sure that's high up on the DZO list of priorities. Nicole interviews (with the sisters) that she's known as the perky one. Whatever. Maggie and Julia talk about how they went in to this together and will be, like, totally traumatized if they don't get in together.
After the interviews, Brooke says it's a little weird sitting around waiting for a call from someone to see if you can still hang out with them. Ahh, the joy of sororities.
Nicole says she was the only one to cry in her interview because it touched her that the sisters were so close. Girl, you've made up for your bad first impression, now, slow down!
So the sisters have the big vote. Someone mentions Karissa seemed quiet. But she interviews that she has a hard time selling herself. I can respect that.
At 1 a.m., the sisters call Brooke back to the house under the guise of needing some answers to a few more questions. They drag her in for the interrogation, then say they have more questions upstairs. They take her upstairs where all the sisters are waiting, and tell her she's in. Brooke's excited and a little mad all at the same time.
The sisters then pull the same trick with Nicole, Erin, and MacKenzie. Apparently this is their way to break the news, since they can't get into the dorms after a certain hour. Then it's off to the houses of Julia, Maggie, Brittany, Sarah, Melissa, and Karissa, to surprise them. Karissa's happy, but a little put off the sisters would show up at 2 a.m. She needed a little "alone time" from the process. Apparently the process never was properly explained to her.
The next day, all the pledges have to go to the school's Greek office and sign a pledge bid. They won't be able to rush another sorority for a year.
But there's a problem. Erin, the transfer student, doesn't have enough credits from the school to qualify her for rush. The Greek Affairs guy explains the situation to Talia and Talia breaks the news to Erin. So the pledge class is officially whittled down to nine.
That night there's a pinning ceremony where all the girls get pins they will have to wear for the whole pledge process. Nicole says it's good to know that the sorority will provide friends for her and she'll always have a friend, no matter what. And to think for a minute these sisters didn't think she was shallow enough to join!
MacKenzie has tears in her eyes and realizes how important the whole thing is. Whatever. Brooke admits she's scared about giving up part of her life.
Now for the big moment, the pledge house is revealed. It's about as nice a house as you can have with the architectural limitations of Buffalo. All the pledges are impressed.
Unlike the previous season, however, the girls are assigned rooms since some of them already know each other. Karissa gets the single. Julia, MacKenzie, and Nicole get the triple. And Maggie and Nicole get the double. Then we see the typical move-in issues - someone sleeps with the light on, someone needs closet space. Someone can't pee with three other people in the room. Ahh, college.
Now for the big moment, the pledges have to elect officers. Brittany volunteers to be president and is elected unopposed, but for some screwed-up reason, there's a big debate over vice-president.
Julia talks to the sisters about how she already has experience being a vice president. And talks. And talks. And talks. Until one of the sisters is "ready to explode." So Karissa's elected vice-president. Thank God.
Next week: The pledges learn the house rules and the house is ransacked as part of some sick pledge experience.
Jennifer Shrader is a fan of most reality television shows and is a newspaper reporter in the Deep South.
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