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Assignment One: Peer Reviewed

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Observation Assignment Site Location: The Chi Omega House
Hergenreter 1
Assignment One Description of the Location:
The Chi Omega House at UNC Charlotte is located off of McCall Circle, in Greek Village. It is house number 6 in Greek Village and is one of 13 houses in the Greek Village circle. It has 28 bedrooms and 11 shared bathrooms, and 6  private bathrooms. There are three floors, numbered one, two, and three. A common area is located on the first floor, which is comprised of a kitchen, dining room/table, and a study room or office. The walls of the Chi Omega house are filled with pictures of current and past members
 pictures, either composites (a frame with every sister’s picture
in it) or pictures from events we have had, either bid days, formals, or philanthropy events. There is also a trophy case with memorabilia of contests, or awards we have won for our
 performances, or philanthropy due to the amount we have given to our  philanthropy. There are also two bathrooms downstairs for the common area to use in order to make it easier for members and non-members in the common area.
Figured World: A figured world is either a community or location that is applicable to its inhabitants (literates and illiterates). It is comprised of actors and artifacts that hold significance to only the artifacts and actors within it. It functions as My Figured World:
The figured world I will be describing will be the Chi Omega house on campus of UNC Charlotte. The purpose of the figured world is a place for women who are in the Fraternity to convene and be able to share in community. There are 18  bedrooms, and three floors for living in space. There is a kitchen, a living room, and a dining room on the first floor. The rules and conventions that are expected are no male guests in the upstairs living quarters, only sisters are allowed to stay over night, you are responsible for your own dishes and food stored in the refrigerator and kitchen downstairs. In the study room there is no talking allowed, and it has certain hours it is open, the other hours it is closed are for personnel meetings that are held with the  personnel officer. All top five-officer positions are required to live in the house for the year they hold their position. Each bedroom is only allowed to have one girl living in, and they are required to share a bathroom with one more girl, unless they have an "end of hall" room. You are expected to be adults who take care of their stuff, as well as respectful of others things within the house that they may have access to.
 Actors are the individuals relevant to the Figured World they exist in. They are involved within the figured world for a purpose.
Actors within my Figured World:
(Note: The names of the actors have been changed for privacy reasons, in order to properly be able to identify who the main actors are
given them fake names.)
 Britt has been a member for 3 ½ years. She is the president of the Delta Kappa chapter of Chi Omega at UNC Charlotte. Her position requires for her to be present at all chapter meetings, as well as hold every member accountable to the rules and guidelines of Chi omega. She has a witty sense of humor, and spends most of her time doing missions work, and attending a campus Bible study. She sets a good example for everyone else in the chapter to follow.
Observation Assignment Site Location: The Chi Omega House
Hergenreter 2
 Abby has been a member of Chi Omega for also 3 ½ years. She is the Secretary of Chi Omega, her position entails her to be present at every
 Chi Omega function in order to take attendance, and the minutes for each meeting that we have.
She’s a fitness fanatic, and is always planning sisterhood events for us to go and work out
 Sarah is the vice president of Chi Omega, she works to hold everyone to high levels of personnel as well as making sure
we’re dressed to the sta
ndards that Chi Omega has set tool.
Artifacts within the figured world/or community that hold relevance or serve a  purpose with in the group either as a physical element, or emotional thought.
Artifacts within my Figured World:
The Chi Omega letters:
These letters to the figured world, represent Chi Omega ritual, and they also come with preconceived notions of a set of a higher standard that the people who identify themselves with the letters, and what they represent.
Roll Book:
The roll book is what Abby always has by her side in order to perform the tasks she has to accomplish as far as keeping track of who is at each event. In order to have your name in the roll book you have to be an initiated member of Chi Omega.
Chi Omega Badge:
 The Chi Omega badge is a metal badge (typically made out of silver) and is encrusted with pearls (in some cases diamonds) and has the Greek letters Chi and Omega on it, there are also some Greek letters engraved in the badge, but to know their meeting, you have to be an initiated member.
Make a wish is a global organization, but it is also significant to this figured world because it is the Philanthropy of Chi Omega. This means that Chi Omega raises money for Make-A-Wish and send kids on their wishes as their philanthropic  purpose.
Observation One Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Time: 7:30-9:30 PM
The Chi O house is filled with sisters, all 90 of our members. They are gathered around chatting and catching up when the room is called to order and the roll begins to be taken by Sister Abby. She reads through the list of members and marks present or absent. The reason she does this is because it is a recruitment workshop that is preparing the Chapter for recruitment that is occurring approximately two weeks from the workshop they are gathered for.
Stacey, a representative from Make-A-Wish Charlotte has come to the first  part of our workshop in order to help offer knowledge and facts about Make-A-Wish so that during recruitment
when we are asked about our philanthropy, we’re very well aware
for what it stands for, what we as Chi Omegas nationally donate, and what our impact makes on the organization.
Stacey asks “if there are any concerns or questions about what I’ve talke
d about,
and if so, feel free to ask me.” There were some various question as to clarify certain
dates or numbers.
Observation Assignment Site Location: The Chi Omega House
Hergenreter 3
8:26 pm-
 Now Katy, the recruitment leader divides the whole group into groups of five for practicing the Make-A-Wish questions. The room is full from the living room to the kitchen table. There is a roar of voices as everyone speaks.
Katy now quiets the room and the members end with singing one of their ritual songs. As our workshop draws to an end and girls leave through the front door, and the girls who live in the house make their way to their rooms.
Observation Two Wednesday, September 8, 2013 Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm 6:00pm-
Our Chapter meeting is begun; girls file in and find chairs or spots on the floor to sit. The meeting is informal, which typically is not the case, you hear girls mumble as
they walk in “Thank God I did not have to change out of gym clothes”. The room is
gathered with faces that look like they enjoyed a long weekend.
 The roll is taken by Abby, even though the meeting is informal, it is still mandatory, and attendance will be taken. The amount of sisters lacking in the room
shows many girls chose to skip the meeting. Brit draws a conclusion out loud, “there are a lot of exams this week, I’m sure most peo
 ple felt as though they could skip tonight
 because of the stress they’re under with school”.
6:19 pm-
At this time, Sarah gives a presentation of Chi Omega’s GPA standards. “Chi
Omega has set a high bar for us ALL to make above 2.8 GPA, failure to comply with these rules, will result in assigned library hours as a way to help you focus on classes and
6:40 pm
 Brit is now speaking introducing our house corporation board to all of the
members. “This group of volunteer alumni is here to ensure that
 we have a our house taken care of, and looked after in order to reward us with new furniture, better house wares, and lower payments.
7:01 pm-
“Now that we have that out of the way, I want to remind you all about our  November golf tournament.”
Denise, the philanthropy Chair goes on to announce, it is
time to look for donations, or sponsors for our golf tournament, don’t forget to have all
the paperwork turned into me by October 10
Also, there’s a blood drive on campus this week, please go out and donate, wear
Chi Omega letters so that people recognize you on campus.
 The meeting will come to a close, and everyone is free to spend their rest of the Sunday night watching football, or studying.
Observation Three Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 Time: 8:00am -9:15am 7:58am-
People are rarely awake and moving around this early in the Chi Omega house,  but this during this observation people were specifically brought together in order to remember what happened to our Country on 9/11, 12 years ago.
Britt: “Hey everyone, glad you ladies could make it out this early morning” she goes on to explain how we’re going to be putting out flags on campus as well as banners
that say
“Never forget” and chalk on the stairwells with the same message.

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