In Alice Walker's novel, the color purple is reflective of God's love, beauty, and hope for a better tomorrow. Like Takisha and Amy, those living with lupus embrace the color purple as they battle the illness, strive to enhance awareness, and increase funding for a cure.
Learning to live, sleep, function through that noise is a skill that I have come to know. The good news is that the sage advice of "just go to bed" works whether your sorority sister is super drunk and crying over a boy or your 3-year-old son is scared of the Boogeyman. Just go to bed!
I took my first "Little" during Spring recruitment of my Freshman year. My "Big" has always been my guide, not only in learning more about my sorority, but she also introduced me to the Greek family that existed within our campus community.
It's no secret that the events at ATO have sparked controversy and debate. The student in my class who was upset about the discussion could tell me that my perspective of the situation is biased, or that I can't fully understand it because I'm not a member of the Greek community. But something tells me that's not the issue here.
So. Much. Sisterhood.
Any student can become the victim of hazing. And any student and parent can become a powerful force in the national movement to end hazing. There are a number of organizations devoted to promoting hazing awareness and prevention.