Chenoa: A New Tribe, A New Sisterhood

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Hey friends! It's Ashton on the blog today to keep y'all up to date with the happenings of MC life. As you probably know, MC doesn't have fraternities and sororities, but we have a Club and Tribe system that offers students a way to be involved on campus. To learn more about the whole deal behind clubs and tribes, you can click here.  But today, I'm here to tell y'all about the newest tribe on campus: Chenoa.

Chenoa has been in the works all semester and will make its first public appearance during the rush events in the fall. There's been a lot of talk about Chenoa around campus, and I'm sure there have been a lot of questions on the end of prospective students. The good news is that as a charter member of Chenoa (and the roommate of one of CT's founders), I'm here to tell you what I know. 

To get my thoughts organized and give y'all a way to keep up with me, here's the who, what, when, where, and why of Chenoa Social Tribe.

Who

A lot of wonderful people.

Chenoa is made up of girls who felt called to join.

There are girls who were previously members of other tribes or girls who were "independents" (a term used for students who are not members of a club or tribe). We are not girls who hated our old tribes or were miserable as independents, but girls who desire to be a part of Chenoa as it grows into itself. 

What

Short answer: a new tribe with things.

Long answer: Our colors are lavender and gray, our official mascot is a fox, and our symbol is a puzzle piece to symbolize that every girl has a place and a purpose within Chenoa. The motto is "to thrive joyfully as one community." The flower is wildflowers, because CT believes in embracing the way that we were all made so beautifully different.

The purpose of Chenoa is, "To be a sisterhood of women who live in abundant life through community, service, discipleship, and joy."

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When

Chenoa is coming at ya Fall 2015. CT will be involved in all rush events in the fall and is pumped to have its first ever rush class!

Where

The one and only Mississippi College.

Why

Chenoa is happening to fill a need on campus and to offer more diversity in the "tribe mix." As the MC fam is growing every year, so is the number of people who rush. When more people go through general rush, more people pref, and the cap number on tribes is reached faster. So Chenoa was founded with that in mind, but that's not the only reason.

The founders of Chenoa did not start a new tribe because they disliked the other tribes on campus. It was not a spiteful act to cause drama or hurt feelings. That's the opposite reason, really. The founding six girls love their old tribes, but when the time came, they knew that there needed to be more room for more girls. The founders wanted to create that space, while also founding a tribe that offers a different personality than the previous four. This is the first time in over 50 years that a new tribe has been formed and  y'all, it's a good one (important note: so are the other four). 

All the girls in the different tribes across campus can agree in saying that sisterhood is important. I met some of the most influential people in my life because of my tribe. Chenoa is making more room for lives to be impacted through experiencing the Body of Christ through authentic sisterhood.

The heart of CT can be seen in the tribe's Bible verse, 

“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith.”
Romans 12:4-6

Those of us that are a part of Chenoa couldn't be more excited to join the other tribes out on the Quad in the Fall. And I can speak on behalf of all the clubs and tribes in saying that we are SO pumped for the incoming freshman class to join our MC family and become a part of the different clubs and tribes! 

See you folks in the fall. I'll be one of the girls in a lavender jersey. 

Ashton "Do not ask me 'what does the fox say?'" Ray

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