Just as autumn comes, Rush Week cloaks campus in darkness and reminds everyone why they do not want to join a sorority: secret meetings, voodoo rituals and demonic sleepovers.
Freshman nursing major Angela Dennis went through rush week with the tiny amount of hope she had left just like every other girl who was rushing.
“I was expecting this to be like The House Bunny movie,” Dennis said. “But things began to turn dark when they instructed us to kidnap the other sorority presidents and sacrifice them to Cane River.”
The sorority’s main belief is that the sorority presidents must be sacrificed to Cane River in order to keep it flowing and attract tourists to Natchitoches.
On the third day of Rush Week, Dennis said the sorority president asked everyone to participate in a voodoo ritual to bring them closer together as sisters.
The voodoo ritual was simple; join forces, and call a deceased member of the sorority back from the dead. To participate in the ritual, each member had to collect offerings for the deceased sorority member: two crop tops, a Vera Bradley bag, a pair of Gucci heels and a Starbucks drink of their choice.
When the moon was high in the sky, they gathered in the field behind Watson Library and put their offerings on an altar they sat around. They gathered hands and began to chant, summoning the deceased member back from the dead to become an active member once again.
Even though Dennis comes from a Christian background, she participated in the ritual anyway. However, the final straw for Dennis was at the “End of Rush Week Sleepover.”
This sleepover is only for the girls selected to join the sorority. This sleepover is not the pillow-fighting, chick flick movie-watching sleep over everyone thinks this is. This sleepover is to sell your soul over to the demon that controls the sorority: Amphora.
“The sleepover was what made me see what these girls truly are,” Dennis proclaimed. “They are all demons. I’m not talking NSU Demons; they are literal demons.”
After Dennis found out what was going on, she tried to quietly leave the sorority house; however, she was quickly surrounded by the other members.
“It was like they could hear me thinking that I needed to leave,” Dennis said. “As soon as I stood up and started walking, each girl surrounding me was telling me how pretty I was and how I belonged with them now.”
Dennis pushed her way through the girls and ran out of the house. None of the girls chased after her, but she says she feels like they are always watching her.
Following Rush Week, Dennis’ experiences at the sorority prompted her to drop out of school and seek asylum. She hopes to start anew in Newfoundland where there are no demonic sororities (that she knows of).