Beyond the Practice Room

The spring semester concluded from the comfort of our homes via online communication.  For much of summer break, I was developing personal outlooks to improve on the college lifestyle. Likewise, pursuing opportunities to grow as an individual is what led me to the University of Oklahoma and TBS in the first place. As a musician, there is a lot of stigma about practicing because it ultimately has an impact on your performance. The practice is a routine for success. Comparably, maintaining your physical and mental health is imperative to improve performance in any field. I took note of what I do beyond the practice room.

Eat healthily! I have spent several hours each week preparing meals that offer nutritional value and great taste. This has significantly improved my consistency in mealtimes. Enveloped in my studies, there is pressure to prioritize assignments or practice over personal health. Planning to spend time in the kitchen creates an awareness of the foods you eat and does not interfere with the pending tasks of the day. Big thanks to my sister, Kinady Allen, who recently introduced me to some new recipes. I have not been able to successfully recreate any family dishes, but still enjoy the flavor of a home cooked meal.

Exercise regularly! As a summer swim instructor, I was able to get some laps in from time to time. There was obvious room for improvement, and I wanted to be sure I was presenting the best coaching possible. Additionally, exercise increases brain function about memory and thinking skills. Now that fall weather is upon us in early September, take advantage of these pleasant days by going for a stroll. 

Rest up! Nothing is better than a good night’s sleep. There are countless studies to suggest getting an appropriate amount of sleep is essential to physical health. I thoroughly enjoy watching movies and TV shows in the evening, but only if time allows. Breakfast/coffee is best coupled with a positive attitude to work through the day to the best of your abilities. 

Read more! It may be difficult to gauge what book is right for you. That is why I propose to just keep reading. Eventually, you will come across something that interests you. I hit my stride after taking an introduction to psychology course. The professor suggested I read specialized topics that are not covered by the class in depth. I was captivated. Reading outside of the required materials is not a chore. Developing your interests is an important attribute as you prepare to contribute valuable knowledge at school, work, and organizations.

Study diligently! The word homework can strike an anxious tone. I refer to assignments as tasks that need to complete. This doubles for practicing. Setting an hour aside to practice is a vague interpretation of reviewing fundamentals, material, etc. Instead, I like to maximize efficiency by considering the specific tasks I need to accomplish. 

Stay connected! Reach out to friends and family. Some might know how much I like to call to communicate. There is so much joy in letting others know that you are thinking of them. Throughout the summer, I was adamant in sending letters to friends at camp or calling to check-in. 

These are a few of many suggestions that help me personally as we navigate this semester. In other news, the Delta Chapters continue to assist The Pride of Oklahoma in devising precautionary measures to combat COVID-19. We also continue to discover new means of connecting through the online platform. Looking ahead the school year might appear complicated, but we must take this opportunity to care for ourselves. In summary, seek new recipes, move around, take a nap, develop your interests, organize tasks, and be a sister. Feel free to share what you do beyond the practice room!


Matthew Frontz

Norman’s Top 15 Restaurants According to the Delta Chapter

When it comes to food, the Delta Chapter is filled with certified experts. We’ve tried them all and have compiled a list of our favorites. So without further ado, here are Norman’s top 15 restaurants according to the Delta Chapter!

15. Crossroads

This popular union hotspot is home to many fan favorites, such as their spicy chicken & waffle sandwich and stacked grilled cheese. Crossroads in the Union is the best place to go if you’re craving breakfast at any time of the day!

14. Ozzie’s Diner

Located in the Max Wertheimer Airport, this hidden gem comes with a meal and a show! You can enjoy your food while watching the planes go by. What more could you want?

13. Tino’s Italian Eats and Sweets

Tino’s #1 fan is a member of Delta (@KaylaAnaMarie), so of course Tino’s was going to make the list! Tino’s is locally owned and has a wide variety of yummy options. According to Kayla, her go-to meal is the soft pretzel with the infamous white whiz cheese sauce and french fries. They also have a number of Italian style sandwiches to choose from!

12. Midway Deli

Midway Deli is home to our game day meal, affectionately known as Pridewiches. Even though the season is over, Delta still goes to Midway to get the legendary pridewich! “Who doesn’t love a game day prandwich on a regular school day?” says Historian Elizabeth Haskins.

11. The Library

No, it’s not an actual library! The Library is located just outside of Catlett Music Center, making it super easy to walk to. From pizza to nachos to burgers, there’s tons of options for everyone!

10. Sonic

Even though this isn’t a local Norman eatery, we still had to include it on the list for their deals, such as their 99¢ mozzarella stick day and 50¢ corn dog day. Sonic makes for the perfect chapter snack!

9. O’Connell’s Irish Pub & Grille

Also known as O’Conn’s, this restaurant is one of our stops for our game day eve pep bands. My personal favorite is the ranchhand burger!

8. Othello’s Italian Restaurant

Another campus corner classic, Othello’s is one of the best Italian restaurants in Norman! Not only does it have great food, but The Pride’s drum major, Paxton Leaf, often performs there with his jazz combo.

7. The Caf

Couch Restaurants, or The Caf, is an OU staple. During the fall semester, the entire Pride attends The Caf every Wednesday after rehearsal. The Caf is buffet style and holds one of the only all-you-can-eat Chick-Fil-A’s in the world! The Caf has everything you could ever want, so it’s no surprise it’s this high on the list!

6. Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe

Pickleman’s is the best place to go if you’re looking for a soup/sandwich combo! It’s quick and has great service. If sandwiches aren’t your thing, they also have the best cracker-thin crust pizza!

5. BJ’s Brewhouse

BJ’s serves as the Delta Chapter’s iconic post-second degree meal. My personal favorite menu item is the deep dish chicken bacon ranch pizza. After dinner, it’s necessary to split a pizookie with your little!

4. Tatsumaki Ramen & Lounge

If you like ramen, Tatsumaki is the place to go. They have a huge selection of ramen and sushi to choose from. There’s even a number of vegan options! Our sistaus love it for the chill atmosphere it provides.

3. Victoria’s Pasta Shop

I’m a huge pasta lover myself, so Victoria’s has always been one of my favorites! As an added bonus-there’s always enough to take home leftovers. If that’s not convincing enough, Secretary Brenna O’Hara says “their $6.99 plate of linguini and garlic bread is a game changer.”

2. The Mont

Where do I begin? Delta’s ICONIC post-chapter hangout is home to the best cheese fries in Norman. What’s better than cramming into a booth and splitting cheese fries with your favorite sistaus? For our non-dairy queens, the spicy fried green beans are to die for!

1. Tea Cafe On the Corner

Tea Caf is a restaurant loved by many in the Delta Chapter. Whether you’re just going to get some boba to go or meeting someone for lunch, everything at Tea Caf is outstanding. If you’ve never been, you’re highly missing out. I would suggest getting the chicken fried rice with the fried cheese wontons!

-Juliana Mitchell

The Force is Strong With My Little

On Sunday, February 23rd, I became a mom! The Delta Chapter celebrated Big/Little reveal this weekend, and there was so much love to give to our rush class, Delta Eta. Between hugs, laughter, and lightsabers, I got to introduce my little to our big family. My little, Kaitlynn Wetchensky, plays trumpet in The Pride of Oklahoma and is from the great state of Texas. Kaitlynn is always confidently herself, and that is what I love most about her. Kaitlynn responds to fears and anxiety with strength and peace, all while reaching out to others in need. I wish there were more people like her in the galaxy!

I grew close to Kaitlynn through early morning call times, late-night sleepovers, and our shared love for Star Wars. For her reveal, she had to battle the stormtroopers made of out balloons in front of her, with one containing a picture of us inside. I glued thumbtacks to the end of the lightsaber to make it easier for her. It looked so funny that she kept it! The look on her face when she popped the balloons was priceless!

I am so proud of Kaitlynn and the progress she continues to make during her time as a membership candidate. Additionally, Kaitlynn was chosen to represent the Delta Eta rush class as class treasurer, and she is doing excellent work. Kaitlynn is not afraid to ask questions and rally behind her future sistaus in times of need. She truly has what it takes to be a Jedi, if I do say so say myself. I can not wait to keep guiding her through her journey. There is no one else in the galaxy I would want as a little.

Kelsey L Cook
Delta Zeta, Delta Chapter

A Semester Preview for the Delta Chapter

Delta has much to do this spring! On January 23, we hosted First Degree with our new upcoming MC class, the Delta Etas! On February 23 we will be hosting our Second Degree, moving the MC class one degree closer to becoming active sisters.

March 27 – March 29, our wonderful Vice President of Sisterhood Madison Hoehn has planned our annual Sisterhood Retreat at a beautiful lake house on Lake Eufala where we will engage in fun bonding activities and hiking at Robber’s Cave. This will be the last weekend our beautiful Delta Etas will spend as MCs because on March 29, we will be traveling back to Norman where the MC class will become full-fledged active sisters!

April 11 will be our Chipotle Benefit Night and April 18 is our Panda Express Benefit Night- come support the Delta Chapter and eat good food!

We’re so excited for our full schedule this spring and we look forward to growing our family by welcoming our newest rush class!

-Miranda Deakins

Where did we leave off?

With the spring semester in full swing, it’s time to review what Delta has been up to since December! After a short break, we all headed back to Norman on Christmas to begin preparation for the Peach Bowl. In Norman we held our final auditions for the drum major position and practiced our pregame and halftime shows. After that it was time to travel to Atlanta! Atlanta was filled with lots of fun things, like rehearsals in the stadium, visits to the famous Atlanta Aquarium, and even a trip to a super fun arcade! Even though the game didn’t go exactly how we wanted, it was still so much fun cheering on our Sooners!

After the bowl trip, things settled down as we had a much needed break before the spring semester began. During the first week of school, Delta held our first degree for our Delta Eta rush class! It was super exciting to see all the membership candidates begin their journey into Tau Beta Sigma and get their presents from their bigs! I can’t wait to see where Tau Beta Sigma takes them.

Even though marching season is over, the Delta Chapter has a packed schedule this spring! Keep up with our blog posts to see what we’re up to and follow @TBSDeltaChapter for weekly history snippets and live tweets from our Women in Music Speaker event!

-Juliana Mitchell

The Next Chapter

This past semester I have made one of the hardest, and most stressful, decisions of my life. I decided to transfer Universities. When this decision was made my first thought was “Oh no, will I be able to continue as a sister of TBS?” So of course, I chose a school that had a chapter, Texas Tech University, the home of the Beta chapter. Also known as the school that started it all.

I was extremely nervous. I had heard a lot of negative talk about the school and Lubbock itself and I was also worried that I wouldn’t fit in with the sisters and brothers of Beta. I knew eventually I would have to face my fears and took a weekend to travel my way down to Lubbock in order to tour Tech and the surrounding area. Within minutes of stepping into the music building on campus at Texas Tech I had met brothers and sisters of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi. They were all extremely welcoming and I began to feel comfortable around them within minutes. I had even met one girl from Beta that sat down and had a thirty minute, maybe even an hour, long conversation with me as though she had known me forever. My fears had instantly begun to melt away.

This interaction reminded me of what TBS is all about. It is a bonding sisterhood, no matter where you go or where you’re from. These are people that have the same ideals and end goals in mind. It reminded me of just how lucky I truly am to be a part of something and to share something so special and valuable with tons of people across the nation.

My heart still aches knowing that I am leaving my sisters of Delta behind. In the end I know my Delta sisters are always cheering for me and I am more than excited to get to know and share new memories with the sisters of Beta. I guess you could say I am on to the next chapter, figuratively and literally.

Wreck em’,
Maria Cullum

Have Courage, You’re Not Alone: What TBS Has Taught Me

As a senior in Tau Beta Sigma, I have taken some time to reflect on the years I have spent in the sorority. The sorority has brought me tremendous joy and I wouldn’t trade my time I’ve spent in it for the world. I remember when I was a membership candidate, my big told me to really take in every moment spent doing the little things such as passing out sandwiches at games, playing pep bands at elementary schools and attending alumni rituals. Take in every single moment because pretty soon, you blink and it’s gone. I took that to heart and got as involved as I could from the start. In my time in TBS I have attended two national conventions, two district conventions, served as my chapter’s Member at Large and the Southwest District Parliamentarian, attended thousands of hours of chapter meetings, played in too many pep bands to count and handed out hundred of game day sandwiches. I would absolutely do all of it again in a heartbeat. TBS has taught me to stand tall, be strong, and reach for the stars. No matter how alone I might feel, I have an entire sisterhood supporting me. Tau Beta Sigma has provided me with some of my best friends in the whole world and I couldn’t be more grateful.

So as a soon-to-be alumnus, I would like to pass on some advice to the incoming membership candidates. Enjoy every moment you spend in this organization, because it goes by in a blink. Even those late night chapter meetings! Go to The Mont after chapter, have study sessions with your big and little, attend sisterhood retreats and District Conventions. I promise you, the bonds you form in the sisterhood are absolutely remarkable and will truly last you a lifetime.

-Juliana Mitchell

Pretty Little Lyres: Genuine Friendship in Tau Beta Sigma

On August 9th, 2018, I backed out of my Illinois driveway for the last time. I was just a bright-eyed 18 year old starting her new beginning at The University of Oklahoma. With tears in my eyes and a lunch box for the road, I reflected on the high school relationships that flourished, and the high school relationships that were… not so great. Doing so provided me with a clear image of the type of friendship and love I wanted when I arrived at OU, and I found it in Tau Beta Sigma. I think I finally found the clarity to compare and contrast what genuine friendship means to me, and what being a sister is truly about! 

When I arrived at band camp a day later, I was greeted with some of the kindest people I have ever met. The drive to make each moment as magical as possible was contagious. I had never seen so many smiles before. In all honesty, I was taken aback by how many strangers said, “OH MY GOSH, YOU ARE FINALLY HERE”! It made me feel so welcome. I caught sight of many people wearing Tau Beta Sigma letters on their jerseys, and I was immediately interested. I asked myself: How can I be a part of this chaotic, wonderful atmosphere?

From that moment on, I went to as many rush events as I could! Canvas Corner was my favorite event of the semester. Everyone sat and laughed and painted the silliest things. It was SO relaxing! Additionally, we tie dyed really cute shirts and worked together when we ran out of coloring! 

As I went to more rush events and began the rush process, I learned what it meant to be a true friend. And it starts with the little moments in life. Giving peers a ride to a rush event. Getting ready for First Degree with the girls. Going on a sisterhood retreat in the middle of nowhere and cuddling to stay warm. Staying up until 2 am in the library with your friends to keep each other motivated. Getting an iced coffee with your big even though it is currently 17 degrees in Oklahoma. All of these little moments made me forget about the silly high school drama that I thought would never come to an end. Well, I am so glad it did, because I got to start my new and genuine beginning with Tau Beta Sigma. 

-Kelsey Cook

A Golden Opportunity

October 12th, 2019 was the date of everyone favorite historic red river rivalry. Personally, I would argue that it is one of the best football games to exist. The fans are at their peak crazy and thousands of people come to support their team. Not only is the energy from the fans crazy but the game takes place at the Cotton Bowl which is surrounded by the state fair of Texas and I mean who doesn’t love Texas? Well, the state anyways.  

This Red river rivalry was especially special for me this season not only because of the Sooner win, but because I had the chance to take over the National Tau Beta Sigma Instagram story. I got to post videos of my fellow sisters, clips of our pregame performance and of the band playing in the stands, and of course the most important a video of the Delta chapter singing with the Beta Gamma Chapter. Of course, the day started off a little rocky due to a lack of signal at the Cotton Bowl (It’s what I deserve for using Sprint). As time went on though, my clips started posting and I had a blast getting to share my day with sisters everywhere. This opportunity was the icing on top of the golden cowboy hat! 

-Maria Cullum

Oreos, Milk, and Why You Should Rush TBS

Attention freshman!

So, it’s finally time for me to release this blog post. You’re probably wondering “Hey Mike, why are you writing a blog post, don’t you just kind of meander around and sneak in milk and cookies into the stadium on game day?” Well, you’re probably right, I’m just a dude who likes Oreos a little too much and still doesn’t really know all the rules of football after two years, but now is not the time to talk about me, it’s time to talk about why you should rush TBS!

I only rushed because some dude from Michigan told me I should sophomore year, but in retrospect I wish I rushed freshman year because of all the benefits that arise from being a member of TBS! Some of these include:

  • Opportunities to serve the community
  • Retirement home pep gigs that SLAP
  • Extra time together with your pals at chapter
  • Opportunities to make friends with people outside of your section
  • Sisters who also make pretty good roommates (@Jake, Clarke, and Pete)
  • Mont cheese fries
  • Additional pep gigs and away game opportunities
  • Nice bigs that will buy you Oreos and Pre-workout (thx Madi & Zach)
  • !
  • Read the first letter of every bulletin point so far
  • Pseudo ted-talks at chapter
  • Greek letters to put in your Instagram bio!
  • Spending time with other TBS & KKY members from other schools after games
  • Bus Captain privileges >:)

As someone who was pretty shy my freshman and sophomore year, just go to a rush event! Everyone member of TBS at OU is pretty easy to talk to, and we’re all interested in getting to know you! If you’re interested in rushing TBS keep an eye out on the Pride Facebook page for future rush event! And just remember freshmen:

  • The freshman fifteen is real, and sometime it’s the freshman forty-five

(In all seriousness, please take care of your health. Losing weight is a huge time commitment.)

  • The Biz is your friend
  • The gym is free
  • If you’re having trouble acclimating to college or you’re feeling homesick, talk to an upperclassmen about it! All of us have felt that way at some point.
  • The mystery flavor Oreos are just Apple Cinnamon

Hope to see you guys at a rush event in the future!

-Michael Ramdeo