Top Five PSP-Related Halloween Costumes

Posted by: Kristin Henson, Chapter President

Halloween is only ten days away! Do you have your costume picked out yet? If not, don’t worry. I’ve got five awesome last-minute DIY ideas for you. These are the best, because they allow you to show your fraternal spirit at the same time!

5. The Fraternal Colors

Fraternal Colors Outfit

This costume is amazing – it’s super simple, it’s easy to move around in, and you’ll be the classiest person at any party you go to. Want to go one step further and make this even better? Glue a couple past issues of “The Purple and Gold” to yourself. Now you have reading material if you get bored!

4. The Seal


Have you got a hodgepodge of previous Halloween costumes lying around? This costume is perfect for you! You can also easily find these items at any costume shop. Just grab a shield from a warrior costume, a cane from a shepherd costume, a lamp from a genie costume, a bike chain, and a book. Presto, you’re our fraternal seal! While dressed up, feel free to use this opportunity to explain to non-brother friends (if you have any) what each element represents. BAM, you just turned this Halloween party into a scholarship event!

3. The Alternative Break Project

Alternative Break Project

Grab some old clothes, go roll around in the dirt, and grab a shovel. Voila, you’re ABP! There’s no better way to show your support for our national philanthropy than volunteering at the actual Alternative Break Project, but coming in a close second is dressing up like the event. This year’s location hasn’t been publicized just yet, but it’s being announced on National’s Facebook page by the end of the month. Go the extra mile, and pick up a baseball hat for the sports team of the chosen city.

2. Group Costume – Hendricks, Phillips, and McClure


This is another super easy costume idea. All it requires is a dark suit and some hair gel (so you can comb your hair to one side). You can even take this one step further by putting on some white face paint so you look just like the photos! Make sure to determine between you and your friends who’s going to be which founder, so the one who gets Phillips can pick up a fake mustache to wear. Looking through the Scholar’s Province for a costume idea works just as well if you’re a couple instead of a group– you can go as Dr. Todd and Sweetheart!

1. Jonah Goodman

Jonah costume

Possibly the most recognizable Phi Sigma Pi costume is dressing up as our National President, Jonah Goodman. Again, this is best accomplished by wearing a suit, but would also work if you were wearing a tank top, bathrobe, or grass skirt (if you’d like to narrow your costume down to “National Convention Jonah”). Make sure to talk about “the wiki” and “making a Wawa run” the entire night to stay in character.

Got any other great Phi Sigma Pi related costume ideas? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Addictions After Attending National Convention

By Kristin Henson, ΔA ’08

Now that National Convention is over, everything else seems a bit more humdrum. I’ve also started to notice that, even though Convention lasted only a few days, I really got used to a few things. In fact, now it seems like I’m going through withdrawal. I think I have…. an addiction to brotherhood. *Gasp!* Check out my list and let me know if any of this sounds familiar. If you’re nodding your head at each of these, you might also be a CONVENTION-AHOLIC.

1. I still find myself checking everyone’s tweets to see if they’re tagged #pspnc13.

2. I absolutely loved meeting Bros from other chapters and being able to show them around my city. Come on back to Philly anytime, folks!

Epsilon Xi realizing they just won the Torchia3. Definitely miss watching brothers at Banquet realize the award speech is about them and their chapter.

4. Well, I obviously find myself craving some Team Wawa runs…

5. BROTHERHOOOOD CHECK!! I wish I could shout this every day.

6. Following National Secretary Chris McCoy on Twitter (@baconandbowties) to see his Vines of Grand Chapter was fantastic. More, please!

7. Is there a way to bottle up the wit/humor/snark/awesome of @NYMAAC and @NAA1tweets‘s constant Twitter commentary? That definitely made my days better.

8. If everyone selling t-shirts at the Chapter Fest and Bazaar could just set up shop in my tiny closet, that’d be great, because I will never have enough PSP swag.

9. Speaking of swag, can we talk about how addictive the ribbons for everyone’s badges were?! So. Fun.

10. Getting M&M’s delivered straight to you starts to make a Bro feel pampered. I’ve been trying to train my cat to do it, but he’s not at all cooperative. He’s not a very good Peanut.

So now that I’ve accepted my fratern-addiction, what’s a Brother to do? I guess I’ll just have to join VP of Philanthropy Development Kyle Williams in his annual epic countdown til next Convention. Only 357 days left til #pspnc14!

Here we go! DVAC’s Alumni Weekend starts tonight!

alumni weekend t-shirt Today’s the day! Our annual Alumni Weekend kicks off tonight, starting at 6:30pm with Opening Tap at Independence Mall. After we watch Mayor Nutter use the Hammer Of Glory to tap the inaugural keg of Brotherly Suds 4 (brewed especially for Philly Beer Weekend), we’ll head down to Pat’s and Geno’s to chow on some cheesesteaks, then continue on to Devil’s Den for their amazing beer bash. Last year’s event had a slew of great beers, so I’m really looking forward to all the fantastic brews that will be unveiled tonight.

The rest of the weekend’s schedule is up on our Facebook event. I’ll also be live-tweeting our events the whole weekend, so feel free to check out our Twitter if you’re not able to come out but you’d still like to follow along.

T-shirts just came in last night so all who registered early will be able to pick theirs up tonight. If you didn’t fill out a registration fee but would still like a shirt (as you can see above, they do look pretty snazzy), I’ll have a few extra available for purchase for $15.