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The sisterhood of Kappa Psi Epsilon is focused on the enrichment of each member's life, through knowledge of culture and history. Most importantly, we are ardently committed to the discovery of internal strength. To achieve such a goal, we devote and channel our energy, time and effort through the promotion of academics, community action, Pilipino cultural enrichment and awareness, and overall sisterhood. By learning about our struggles, triumphs and failures, past as well as present, we will fill ourselves with the wisdom to become better thinkers, better leaders, and better individuals. And in spite of being Pilipina-based, we enthusiastically welcome people of all ethnicities.
Written by Luriel Gantuangco For the month of October, the sisters of Kappa Psi Epsilon, Delta Chapter hosted three events to celebrate Pilipino culture in honor of Pilipino-American History Month. On Saturday, October 9th, our sisters hosted a booth that artistically represented the herstories of famous sheroes such as Cory Aquino and Tandang Sora. Miss Kappas provided stencils of the sheroes and anyone who visited the booth could create their own works of art while learning about the contributions of these womyn. On October 29, we hosted our annual Pinay Symposium which featured guest speakers from SiGAw and AF3IRM.. This year we focused on the contemporary struggles of modern-day Filipinas, such as human trafficking and Asian fetishization. Our celebration of Pilipino-American History Month culminated with a delicious lumpia delivery fundraiser. Most of our customers were hungry students who where studying for midterms.
Written by Mu Pledge Class
As one pledge class, one unit, we all believe that rushing for KPsiE is an opportunity to embrace. Although not all of us were able to experience rush, we all agree that rush serves as a stage to understand what KPsiE is about and how it can potentially be the one sorority that is meant for all of us. For those of us who participated, some of us rushed spontaneously not knowing what we were getting ourselves into, while others rushed in search for the discovery of self-identity. During the rush process, inspirational women were met who provided motivation and encouragement to continue this process and eventually finish it. The event that made a significant impact on those of us who rushed was the info night. The info night made many of us realize that we are not alone in our struggles. We not only have big sisters to guide us through this rush process, but also big sisters that will be with us each and every step of the way throughout life. The inspirational womyn who spoke at these events brought many of us a step closer to KPsiE and encouraged all of us to step up to the plate. Now, as one pledge class, one unit, all of us have stepped up to the plate and we would like to thank the sisters of Kappa Psi Epsilon for giving us this opportunity.
Written by Kimberly Shellah Ang and Kathy Ordas
Our theme this year was ‘A League of Your Own: Step Up to the Plate’. This concept was taken from the movie A League of Their Own in which a 1940’s women’s baseball team is put against all odds yet continue to fight for what they want and show all those opposing them what values, morals and beliefs they are truly made of. Just like the women in the movie that inspired this year's rush theme who fought for the survival of their baseball league in a game dominated by men, being a Pinay-based sorority means experiencing many difficulties and challenges.
During our two weeks of rush we challenged rushees to think beyond the stereotypes of Greek organizations and take a leap of faith in order to discover what opportunities laid out for them ahead. We strive to do more than be a Greek organization, and it is this precise desire to be meaningful community leaders that distinguishes sisters of KPsiE. We wanted to emphasize the fact that many girls go through college not willing to take a second glance at sororities and demonstrate that there is so much more to Kappa Psi Epsilon behind the letters by highlighting our cornerstones during our various events. During the activities at Arts and Crafts Night, we displayed our passion for our culture and community action. By visiting and discovering useful resources on campus at the picnic with the brothers of Zeta Phi Rho, we accentuated academics and social networking. Lastly, with the help of our alumni and other supportive sisters, we were able to end rush with a successful sisterhood bonfire. It is not easy to travel beyond our comfort zones, but all anyone needs is a tiny nudge at the beginning of their journey to push them towards the right path. With the conclusion of our 2013 rush season, the sisters of Delta Chapter only hoped to have helped our future Mu Pledge Class begin discovering the beauty that is our sisterhood.
Written by Luriel Gantuangco This past year,
the Kappas of Delta Chapter executed greater measures in order to improve our
academics and to achieve our scholastic goals. For the 2012-2013 year, we took
more initiative to be better students by checking in on each other, making
study hours more flexible, and by developing our accountability.
In addition to
focusing on our present undergraduate goals, we also began preparation for our
post-graduate careers. During the spring quarter, Kappas led a workshop that
educated students on how to approach interviews successfully, write resume and
cover letter proficiently, and network effectively. By taking advantage of the
counselors and other services we have on campus, the workshop was tremendously
helpful for everyone who attended.
Due to the
academic improvement from this year, the sisters of Delta Chapter hope to keep
the momentum going and continue our progress on our post-grad goals.
Written by Samantha Garcia
Culture is more than just race, nationality, or gender, it’s a
lifestyle. The sisters at Delta Chapter (UCLA) has embodied culture into
everyday life. From our PAHM series back in October that showcased Filipino/a
Americans and their mark in America, to our Womyn’s Herstory Event in March,
we’ve focused on issues that womyn, and pinays have gone through in the past
and how it has evolved today.
Womyn’s Herstory Event, which was an interactive workshop at UCLA to raise awareness
of prominent and negative issues concerning female body image. We wanted to
create a safe, comfortable space to discuss the topic along with sharing diverse
experiences. Every woman has a unique experience with body image, negative,
positive, or both, and through this workshop we aim to bring womyn together so
we can all help empower each other. Not only have
we hosted interactive events to showcase our herstory, we have also taught
cultural lessons to our community. UCLA’s PREP (Pilipino Recruitment and
Enrichment Program) allowed us to teach high schoolers in our community
baybayin and the significance of Filipino murals such as the Lapu Lapu street mural
in San Francisco and Gintong Kasaysayan, Gintong Pamana Mural in HiFi.
is always changing, the sister at Delta Chapter have embraced the importance of
knowing our herstory and roots first, in order to understand our lifestyle and
Written by Janelle Viray and Janine Adviento
February 28, 2013 was the day that all 5 chapters of Kappa Psi Epsilon participated in an act of service in order to spread awareness about the environmental disasters in the Philippines and what we can do to support the efforts back home and abroad. Delta Chapter collaborated with AnakBayanLA to host Pagkatapos ng Bagyo (After the Storm), which was an education discussion that emphasized the need to promote prevention methods and sustainable post-disaster relief. Beyond merely discussing the issue, all those who attended participated in ways in which UCLA students can mobilize others and join community efforts for a long-term campaign.
Another event we hosted was our annual Songs of Consciousness, an open mic night that raises awareness about a particular cause in the community. This year was a bit different, as we collaborated with Samahang Pilipino, the general Pilipino organization on campus, in which we were able to garner an audience and appeal to their general members as well. Our theme was “Rise,” encouraging people to embrace our culture and diversity and to RISE up against the hate and ignorance that has surfaced in recent times. It featured a wide variety of incredibly talented performers, that performed songs, dances, and spoken words. They expressed what they would rise up against and poured their heart and souls onto the stage. We hope that Songs encouraged others to rise up against their own demons as well.
On September 9th and 10th,
the sisters of Kappa Psi Epsilon volunteered at the 21st annual
Festival of Pilipino Arts and Culture (FPAC) in the Health and Wellness
Pavilion. Pilipinos for Community Health (PCH), an organization on our campus
that educates and provides health services, led and directed the pavilion. There were several stations suited for all
ages such as Stress Ball Making, Smoking Effects, Aid to the Philippines, Nutritional
Awareness, Exercise Awareness, Hypertension Awareness that involved Origami
Heart Folding, and a Blood Pressure and Body Mass Index Screening area. At the
festival, there were different pavilions entertaining and educating the
community, various Pilipino food booths and trucks, clothing vendors, and performances. Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas also
performed and received the “Artist of Excellence” Award. This year’s theme
“Saysay ng Kalinangan”, translated as Voices of Home, reminds us all to share
our stories, express our passion through art, and most of all celebrate our
rich Pilipino culture!
From August 11-12, sisters from all chapters of Kappa Psi
Epsilon – CSU Long Beach, San Francisco State University, UC Davis, UC Los
Angeles, and Sacramento State - gathered for our annual summer conference here
in UCLA. This year’s Summer Summit theme “She Breathes Fire” reminded us the
beauty of this sisterhood. Summer Summit
re-ignited our passion and fueled our vision for the year. We want to thank alumnae for coming out and enlightening us with their experiences. Reunited and re-inspired, all sisters from
the Bay to LA were excited to start a new Kappa year.
Thank you Governing Body 2011-2012 for planning the
summit and thank you to our very own Delta Chapter sisters for hosting!
Kappa Psi Epsilon has accomplished a lot over this past quarter! Here's some of the events we have had or we have attended!
- November 3 - Rubio's Fundraiser
- November 7 - Cultural Dinner with Delta Tau Delta
- November 11 - Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) Rally
- November 12 - Big Sis Revs
- November 18 - Ice Skating Social with USC Zeta Phi Rho
- December 2 - Kappa Psi Epsilon Holiday Party
- December 3 - Christmas Fest in support of our Alpha Chapter Sisters at CSULB
If you'd like any more information on these events, check out our Fall Kalayaan! If you'd like to see photos of these events, check out our Facebook page!
Written by Ariana Guillermo
This past Halloween weekend we celebrated Halloween with our Alpha Chapter sisters from CSULB and the gentlemen of Alpha Psi Rho from SDSU and CSUN by having a joint social! Our annual Halloween social is a tradition that we have with Alpha Chapter to join together to celebrate Halloween with another Greek organization.
For the social, all of our pledges carved pumpkins with their line-bros and line-sisses. Meanwhile, the actives of the organizations split into teams to play Halloween Taboo! As the night came to an end, the pledges were able to present short song-and-dance performances to their line-bros and line-sisses. Altogether the social was fun with being able to spend time with our sisters and meet the brothers of Alpha Psi Rho. Thank you to everyone for coming out!