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Miniblocks SPR 2015

I think we can all agree that this semester’s Miniblocks was quite a success! If you didn’t go, you missed out on a great time, but lucky for you we have this Miniblocks Blog Recap. As I’m sure you already know, each semester pledges, actives, associates, and even alumni, spend the day together, bonding and playing games together during Miniblocks. This semester we had games like; the Oreo face game, Gurgling game, Magic Carpet, and Tapioca Target.

Due to the awesome Paparazzi Committee, we posted a BUNCH of pictures from the event. If you haven’t checked out the pictures yet- please do! I’m sure you’ll find a couple pictures of yourself, good and bad. Not only the Miniblocks pictures, but all the pictures from this semester, are a really great way to capture and remember events that we’ve participated in. Now we can always look back at them!

The Miniblocks Committee did an amazing job with organizing the event this semester, so shout out to you bros! I asked JP Grousend, Head of Miniblocks, some questions, here’s what he said:

How long did it take you and your committee to organize Miniblocks this semester?

It took us about a month, I think it took us 4-5 meetings to plan it. After last semester I had a better grasp on what to expect and how do go about planning Miniblocks.

How do you come up with all the games we play? And which one was your favorite this semester?

We just brainstormed as a committee, some of the games were games that members of the committee played with their families, saw on YouTube, etc... I think my favorite game was either the gurgle singing game or the Oreo face game.

 How do you think this semester’s mini blocks turned out?

I thought it went well, I think there will always be things that I think could've been better or improved on but overall I think everyone had fun and bonded with actives, associates, pledges and alumni they may not have talked to under different circumstances. That's probably my favorite part of Miniblocks and why I wanted to run for VP of fellowship, I think it's really cool seeing people that have never talked to each other, laughing, smiling and having a good time at the end of the day.

Next I asked some pledges what they thought of their first Miniblocks experience, here’s what they said:

Eunita U:  It was an entertaining experience. I had no idea what to expect because I was only told it'd be a bunch of minute to win it games, but even then, I didn't know what kind of games to expect. I got to meet new brothers and hangout with pledges I've never got to interact with. I also learned that I am severely out of shape and warn others to work out a bit before taking part in Miniblocks.

 Justin P: The whole Miniblocks day was a worthwhile experience. Every activity that we all took part in was a great way to interact and get to know each other. In my opinion, the whole event was organized well and I'm pretty sure everyone had a good time.

Simon L: Miniblocks allowed me to spend time with my future APO bros while laughing at my fellow pledges as we fell and rose back up together.

 Alexia V: I had an amazing time at Miniblocks! I was a part of the black team. Even though we didn't win a lot we did have a lot of fun. My favorite part had to have been the humming with water in our throats, I had never done that game before and even though I was horrible at it, the Naughty Ninjas were pretty good. 11/10 I would go again!

Overall, Mini-Blocks is a great way to connect with fellow brothers, and the new pledges, especially the ones you haven’t gotten to know yet. It’s safe to say we’re all looking forward to next semester’s!

Fall '14




Sigma Sigma Chapter Blog - Posted by Zorgie Sanchez on March 19, 2015 at 10:20pm
Pledge Update!

Hey everybody!

We pledgies are nearing the half way mark of the pledging process and I think we’re feeling pretty good. If you don’t trust me, I asked a few pledges myself! Sohee I., Elsie L., and Mark G. agree that APO is great and they love it. People are very nice and friendly, exactly what they were looking for when they signed up for the frat.

The fellowships and service hours were a great way for pledges to meet each other and meet other actives. Sohee is glad that she met momma Rachel at the Red Carpet Poetry Slam. Elsie remembers how much fun she had with Tessa during the Free Hugs! fellowship. Other fellowships that have recently occurred include: chipotle, lotus, Cards Against Humanity, Chinatown adventure, and so much more! We look forward to many more adventures with our brothers!

I feel as though April will be here in no time and we’ll all be crossing over. Until then, thank you actives for your welcoming arms and guidance into this new experience called a fraternity!

Shout outs!

Sohee says she "Loves her momma Rachel!"
Elsie says "Momma Tessa is very optimistic and funny!"
Lots of love to Pipat from a secret admirer!
And there's an anonymous girl crush on Hafsa! But who doesn’t have one?
Yarely says "Hi momma Jasmine!"

Spring '15

Sigma Sigma Chapter Blog - Posted by Zorgie Sanchez on March 3, 2015 at 11:01pm
Parent/Kid Reveal Spring 2015

It’s that time of the semester again!

Pledges were proudly greeted into their new families this past Wednesday. Right before the pairing of parents and kids, I was able to interview a few parents to be. 

Karen Dizon, a first time parent to be was a bit nervous right before the pairing. “I haven’t met her. I hope she’s not allergic to chocolate, because that’s all I got her” she said. When asked what her hopes were for her child, she responded “I hope she fulfills her requirements, and I hope we are able to get close.”

Eddy Banuelos, also a parent to be said, “I’m excited because I haven’t met my kid yet. I can’t wait to meet them!”

When the pledges finally trickled into the room one by one, you could see the joy in each of their faces as they met their new parents. Cece Garcia, a new pledge described the feeling of meeting her parent as “nerve wrecking, but in a good way.” She said, “It felt like going up a roller coaster and when you finally met them, it was like the drop.” 

Another pledge, Gilcy Aquino, described the pairing as “a life changing experience, kind of.” 

I am so glad I was able to witness this joyous event. Welcome pledges to your new APO family!

Fall '14

Sigma Sigma Chapter Blog - Posted by Zorgie Sanchez on February 26, 2015 at 10:10pm
Speed Dating: Finding Your Future Family

This week we welcome all actives to meet their potential child or children during our speed dating sessions. During this time, the pledges may be shy or outspoken and it is your job to find the one that fits your personality by bringing out the best in them through strategically asked questions. Depending on who you want to adopt, look inside yourself and ask questions that you feel will connect you to another. For example, asking what their favorite hobby is might let you discover that you both love League. That one spark can create strong family ties that may last generations in your family tree. However, avoid yes or no questions because it will be the hardest to raise someone when you have trouble holding a conversation with them.

If you are unsure about becoming a parent, then attend anyway. You never know, you might connect with a pledge and want to ensure that they cross with you by their side. These are our future brothers and even if you can’t become a parent this semester, you can still introduce yourself and get to know the newest generation. One parent can raise a child or children, but it takes many to instill the traditions and values of our humble fraternity. So come out and break the ice with the pledglings, who knows you might end up wanting twins.

And for all of the pledges who want to study instead of meeting your future fathers and mothers, this is one of the only times you should skip the homework because you might find that your potential parent is in the same or took it before you. One of the jobs of every parent is to make sure that their child(ren) are succeeding in APO and in their academics, so most are willing to help with classes and spoil you at the same time.



Fall '14

Sigma Sigma Chapter Blog - Posted by Zorgie Sanchez on February 16, 2015 at 11:31pm
What To Expect When You're Expecting

It's that time in the semester again...

…when APO actives step forward as mommies and daddies to a new generation of pledges!

Pledging is one of the most memorable experiences of joining Alpha Phi Omega. It's a whirlwind of bonding with your fellow pledge class and future brothers. Pledging is the first rite of passage to becoming a brother of Alpha Phi Omega. What better way to relive that experience than become a parent?

Are you not sure what consists of being a parent? Don't worry we've got you covered. Here's what to expect when you're expecting!

Anna Do, active of Fall 2013 pledge class, describes being a parent with great enthusiasm,” I absolutely love being a parent. I love it so much that I'm willing to be a parent again this semester! The experience for me was an amazing one. One of the pillars for APO is to be a leader and I felt like being a parent or mentor for an incoming pledge would give me the opportunity to take someone under my wing and show them the way.”

Hira Rohail, current secretary of Chapter Sigma Sigma, also speaks from experience, “I was a first-time parent last semester to my lovely daughter Shika. It was a really fun experience bonding with her and guiding her through the pledging process. It brought back memories of my own pledging experience, except that she was on top of her game where I was not.”

It is also necessary to remember that parenthood is a longstanding tradition of Alpha Phi Omega and no doubt an important one. Alan Yung, Spring Semester 2015 Pledge master, defines being a parent as, “taking on the responsibility as educators of Alpha Phi Omega and guiding the pledges along their journey to becoming actives. As a parent you are essentially their support system and helping to integrate the pledges comfortably into our big APO family.”

Steven Nguyen, active member of the Fall 2014 pledge class, believes, “To be a parent is to create a lifelong bond with your kid. To help guide them to crossing and help them with school/life.”

Adopting a kid not only means helping a pledge but helping yourself. To become a parent is to build your character and grow as a fellow brother. As Do relates, “Not only do you teach things to your kid, but they also teach you about how to be a better parent every time. And the end result is so rewarding seeing them cross and getting to see them grow into a more mature brother."

Becoming a parent also means leaving a legacy. Ngyuen said he wants to become a parent this year because he wants to continue his family tree. Rohail agrees, “I would like to leave behind a large family of people who genuinely feel connected and who all call me mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, etc.”

So how can you be the best parent possible? Here are the top three tips from 2015 Spring Pledge Master, Alan Yung:

  • SPEND TIME WITH YOUR KID! Go on family hang outs and/or simply get lunch with them!

  • Take the time out to help your kid with whatever they need (aka. host service projects or fellowships for them!), make them feel they have a sense of belonging!

  • Spend some money on them! I am not saying to spend a fortune, but for the kid, getting their letters after all that work is a big accomplishment! Show them they have earned it! Go and spoil them!

Start making some memories and go adopt a kid!



Fall ‘14

Sigma Sigma Chapter Blog - Posted by Zorgie Sanchez on February 11, 2015 at 1:51pm
Meet Our Blogging Team!

For the first time in this sigma sigma history, we're proud to present to you our first team of bloggers. These talented ladies will be bringing to you all the happenings in our chapter throughout the semester. The blog will be updated weekly, make sure you're keeping up with sigma sigma. 

Editor in Chief

Zorgie Sanchez
 English major, minor in African American Studies and Communications
Pledge Class:
 Spring 2014

"We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us."

Blogging Team

Karen Dizon
Pledge Class: 
Fall 2014

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Rachel Hartman
Biological Sciences
Pledge Class:
Fall 2014

"Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known."

Katie Krol
Pledge Class:
Fall 2014

"Sometimes the king is a woman."

Karishma Patel 
Pledge Class: 
Fall 2014

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." 
Mahatma Gandhi

Christina Sou
Pledge Class:
Fall 2012

"You should follow your dreams. Don't fall into other people's expectations. You are yourself. You have your own mind. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

Tessa "Turn Up" Turner
Teaching of French with a minor in Spanish
Pledge Class:
Fall 2014

"If it's both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it."

Guest Bloggers

Gilcy Aquino
  Pre-Med, English Major with British Literature concentration. Minor in Bio
Pledge Class: 
Spring 2015

"I laugh at boys who think they intimidate me; darling I could eat you whole."

Eunita Uy
Biological Sciences
Pledge Class: 
Spring 2015

"Let being yourself become a trend."

The Spring 2015 Sigma Sigma Blogging Team

Sigma Sigma Chapter Blog - Posted by Zorgie Sanchez on February 7, 2015 at 12:40am
Welcoming Our Spring 2015 Pledge Class

It's been a busy week here at Sigma Sigma.

Rush week began Monday January 26 with an arts and crafts service project, and continued on with various events and socials that allowed prospective members to meet our active body and learn a bit more as to what it means to be a brother of Alpha Phi Omega.  

As our rush week came to a close, we as a chapter were excited to welcome our new pledge class. On Friday, January 30 were finally given the honor of meeting all 45 of them. That's right, 45! We're ecstatic to introduce to you our Spring 2015 pledge class.

As these pledges begin their respective journeys to become a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, we wish them luck in every way we possibly can. Brothers, we know that you will guide these pledges and help them become the future leaders of this chapter.

Pledges, this is only the beginning. It only gets better from here.




SPR '14

Sigma Sigma Chapter Blog - Posted by Zorgie Sanchez on February 3, 2015 at 10:09pm
Fall 2014 Newsletter
The link below contains the Fall 2014 Newsletter.
Sigma Sigma Chapter Blog - Posted by Jed Siripun on December 3, 2014 at 2:02am
Welcome Fall 2014 Pledges!

Use this website to see and sign up for service projects and fellowships we will doing throughout the year!

Sigma Sigma Chapter Blog - Posted by Alan Yung on September 14, 2014 at 9:11pm

Rush event today is friendship bracelet making and writing letters to the homeless! It will be taking place at the Lower Monty Lounge from 3-5pm!

Sigma Sigma Chapter Blog - Posted by Alan Yung on September 10, 2014 at 2:18pm
ULTIMATE FRISBEE IS TODAY AT 4PM! Meet in front of the bookstore and lets meet some potential pledges :)
Sigma Sigma Chapter Blog - Posted by Alan Yung on September 8, 2014 at 2:42pm

Rush week is from Monday 9/8 to Friday 9/12

There are no obligations for any of the events! Come hang out with the brothers and learn about Alpha Phi Omega’s friendship, leadership, and service!...

Rush week is open to everyone! SO DON’T BE SHY!

If you are interested in joining Alpha Phi Omega, it is recommended that you attend at least one of our Informational Meetings. There we will discuss all about Alpha Phi Omega’s brotherhood, our mission, the service opportunities, the pledging process and any other questions you have. The times and locations for the Info Meetings and Rush events are all listed below.

Monday 9/8 – Ultimate Frisbee, Meet in front of the UIC book store at 4pm

Tuesday 9/9 – Ice cream social & Board games, 6-8pm @ Atrium *Info Meeting @ 5-6pm SCE 613

Wednesday 9/10 –Friendship Bracelets & Letters to the Homeless, 3-5pm Monty Lounge

Thursday 9/11 –Dinner @ Pompeii, meet in front of the UIC book store at 6pm *Info Meeting @ 5-6pm SCE 613

Friday 9/12 –Initiation Ceremony, meet at Fort Dearborn Room (to the left of the escalators in front of the inner circle) @ 5:30pm****** SEE BELOW

**** REMINDER! If you plan on pledging this semester you MUST ATTEND the initiation ceremony ON FRIDAY 9/12 @ 5:30PM!!!!! This is very important because if you do not attend this event, you will not be able to pledge this semester and have to wait until next semester!!!!!!!!

ALSO REMEMBER TO BRING $95 IN CASH IF YOU PLAN ON PLEDGING. This will be your pledge fee and without this we cannot initiate you! If you have any problems paying this fee by Friday 9/12, please contact Arianne Comoro (773-614-3927 or email: and she will be able to help you out in the process.


If you have any questions about the pledging process or simply need to get in contact with us for any of the rush events please feel free to contact either Ricky or I through call or text!

Our numbers:
Ricky Hem: 630-863-8112
Alan Yung: 630-506-2517
Look forward to seeing all you guys there!!
Sigma Sigma Chapter Blog - Posted by Alan Yung on September 5, 2014 at 12:54am