My roommate, Akari Ogawa, is a member in training for a music fraternity called Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI). I interviewed her and got a scope for what being in SAI is really about.
Q: What is SAI? What does the sorority do?
A: SAI is a music fraternity for women. We try to spread music as much as possible to the society and support the music program.
Q: How is SAI different from other sororities on Furman’s campus?
A: It’s not a social sorority—it doesn’t cost as much as they do. It’s a professional sorority.
Q: How do you get into it?
A: What I had to do to get in was go to an information session and go to three recruitment events. The third recruitment event was by invitation only.
Q: What are the requirements?
A: You have to be in at least one ensemble in a year, I think.
Q: What’s the process you have to go through to join the sisterhood?
A: Three recruitment events. What we did was we did crafts and played games and had dinner together to get to know each other well.
Q: What’s Big/Little week?
A: It’s when your Big gives you a present every morning. You don’t know who your Big is yet; it’s very exciting. You get a lot of SAI-related presents. Also, during one of the recruitment events, you have to fill out a survey like what’s your favorite, color, what’s your favorite animal, what’s your favorite candy, etc. I wrote that I like pugs and Hershey kisses. During Big/Little week I got three jars of Hershey kisses and a pug puppy calendar! Also I got a box to put my pin in and lots of decorations (like roses) and I even got a Red betta fish! (Red and Roses represent SAI, so that’s why I got roses and a red betta fish)
Q: What did you do for the MIT (members in training) ceremony?
A: It’s a secretJ but you get to know who your Big sister is. That’s all I can share about the ceremony.
Q: What do you like the most about it so far?
A: I like everything, like getting to know everyone that is not in the same ensemble. I’m pretty involved in the music program since I’m in both band and orchestra, but I don’t know that many voice/piano kids. Now that I’m in a same sorority as them, I’m getting to know more people. Also I loved the presents. Now my room is filled with SAI related things. My favorite color is red, and now my room is filled with red objects! And getting to know who my Big is was exciting.
Q: Why did you choose to join?
A: My friends convinced me to. They all had great experiences participating in SAI. Also, I wanted to be involved in something, and I like music and the people in the music program.
Q: Anything else you want to add?
A: Join SAI! You don’t have to be a music major. It’s fun and everyone is happy and always smiling J
During Big/Little week, you get presents with Sigma sign (Σ) but you can’t use it until you’re initiated. I got a bag and a cup with Sigma signs on it, but they can’t leave my room until I’m initiated.
You get an MIT pin during the MIT ceremony. It’s smaller. When you’re officially initiated, you give back the MIT pin and you receive an SAI pin! You have to wear the MIT pin every day until you’re initiated.