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Kianu Cabinet (November 2008)
Kathleen "Bean" Sullivan '09: President
Kristen Lichtenauer '10: Vice President
Jessica Lade '10: Secretary
Melanie Priest '10: Treasurer

Interviews:

Kathleen "Bean" Sullivan '09: President

What inspired you to run for a leadership position in the XAN club?
I have always been passionate about being a part of Kianu, not only as a sister but as someone who has a leadership position to be able to positively change things about Kianu. I love being a part of something that will affect people positively.

Twenty years from now, what hopes do you have for Chi Alpha Nu?
Twenty years from now I would like to see Chi Alpha Nu as one of the strongest clubs on campus. I would also like to still see Kianu having a positive image within the college and the general community.

Why did you choose Muskingum?
My family and I chose Muskingum College because of the atmosphere the students and Greek life gave. Muskingum College was not too big, as to where I would get lost; it was a beautiful campus; and the students were extremely nice (the muskie hello). I felt like it would help me succeed in my future. Also, Muskingum College had a tutoring program which was easily available to me if I need help. I still use it today.

What is your favorite Kianu memory?
One of my favorite Kianu memories is not having crazy fun with my sisters on the weekends or Wednesday nights, but the random nights my sisters and I have staying up all night “studying” for our exams and talking about our lives together.

What is your favorite non-Kianu memory?
My favorite non-Kianu memory is when I was nominated for homecoming court. It was an honor to be acknowledged for who I am as an individual, but of course I was also representing my Kianu girls because they make me who I am today!

What goals do you have for Kianu this year?
One of the goals I have for Kianu this year is having the club come together and work as one throughout main events such as rush recruitment and homecoming. My other goal is to contact Kianu alums and have them come throughout the year and talk to our actives about what it means to be Kianu, and what their traditions were.

When did you decide you wanted to pledge Kianu?
I decided to pledge Kianu early on during freshman year because I saw the girls of Kianu represent a positive image on campus. Of course the seniors at the front door of the Kianu House who welcomed me into their house with their arms wide open helped. The girls who I did not even know at the time welcomed me, not only into their house, but their lives.

When you first visited the house, what was your impression?
When I first visited the Kianu house, it felt like home to me. I knew from that moment I felt that I could be myself at all times, be loved for who I am, meet new friends, and have someone there for me at all times no matter what.

Which Kianu sister has had the greatest impact on you?
Erin Hanley had the greatest impression on me as a pledge and active. She had a strong voice in the club and was very passionate about Kianu. I would always hear her say “Go KIANU!” no matter where she was. Whether she knew it or not, Erin mentored me into really seeing the meaning of Kianu. She means a lot to me and I will never forget her. She is my hero and I try to live up to her and the standards she kept as an active and alum.

What do you want to do after you graduate?
After I graduate from Muskingum, I am planning on taking the civil service test for the Cleveland police. From there I hope to be accepted into their police academy after which I would be spending six months training with the police department.


Kristen Lichtenauer '10: Vice President

KristenKristen Lichtenauer

What inspired you to run for a leadership position in the XAN club?
I knew the day that I joined Kianu that I wanted to be as involved as I possibly could. After getting elected to be the sophomore Greek Council representative, I was quickly becoming addicted to this wonderful sorority and its leadership opportunities. I decided to run for Vice President because I wanted to take on a bigger role in the club and contribute everything I possibly could.

Twenty years from now, what hopes do you have for Chi Alpha Nu?
When thinking about Kianu twenty years from now, I have many hopes for this club that hopefully will be a reality by then. I hope to see the club learning from each girl that is a part of it. I would like to see Kianu more diverse and still close in twenty years. There are many things that make Kianu different from any other club; I hope it continues to stay that way. I also hope that the girls of this club continue to give back as much as XAN has given them!

Why did you choose Muskingum?
Muskingum College was not where I thought I would be attending after I graduated in 2006. I actually thought I was decided on a different college—then I visited Muskingum for the first time, just as somewhere to go for the weekend. I stayed with a friend who was a freshman at the time and after leaving, I found myself rethinking my decision. To make a long story short, I felt welcome the first time I set foot on this campus. From its beautiful landscape, to its well-known Education program, and the genuine kindness of the people here—I have never rethought or regretted my decision. Little did I know that coming to Muskingum would not just be a place to further my education, but a place where I would feel accepted for exactly who I am.

What is your favorite Kianu memory?
This is a hard question to answer. There are so many, and it is hard to choose just one. Although I am going to have to say it is the day (and night before) I signed my bid card. Every moment of those two days I will never forget. From the midnight shopping trip at Wal-Mart, searching the aisles for every purple and gold piece of clothes I could find—to rushing up the Stag hill early on that Saturday morning; this would be my favorite Kianu memory. It is my favorite memory not only because it is solely one of the biggest events you experience when choosing to join a sorority, but also because of many other reasons. One being that this was the moment in my life where many of the people who have strongly influenced who I have become in these last three years would step foot into my life.

What is your favorite non-Kianu memory?
Although there are many great memories that are not related to Kianu specifically, almost all of them somehow include my friends that I have made while in Kianu. So here is the story of my favorite non Kianu memory. I was in my freshman year and it was the day after Senior Road Rally, which is a whole other story in itself! Anyway, my Grand Big Sarah Hughes, my Big Keri Clapper and I all woke up in Sarah’s queen size bed with a craving for Wendy’s. So we hopped in Clifford (Sarah’s red Jeep) and drove to Wendy’s which is about 15 minutes away. There were many small details such as singing at the top of our lungs on the way or recalling events of the night before—only added to this favorite memory of mine. I do not remember who gave the idea of eating one of everything on the dollar menu, but we thought it was a good and challenging one! So you would be correct if you thought the three of us ate the following: three sandwiches, two salads, a baked potato, fries, chicken nuggets, yogurt, mandarin oranges, chili, frosty, and three diet cokes to wash it all down with. Apart from being the fullest that I have ever been, it was one of the funniest moments in my life—one that I will never forget.

What goals do you have for Kianu this year?
A few goals that I have for Kianu this year include becoming closer as a club while running it effectively, finding the best freshmen girls to pledge, and restoring the club’s traditions. I think so far we have done a very good job at attempting to achieve these goals, and with time I think they will all be accomplished along with many more.

When did you decide you wanted to pledge Kianu?
I decided to rush my freshman year because of the reason of meeting new people. A lot of upperclassmen strongly encouraged rushing so I signed up! At first I decided to just rush, I was determined to not pledge—I wanted to focus on my academics and with working two jobs I did not think it was feasible. After getting a taste of Greek life though, pledging soon became a must in my mind…and well the rest is history! ?

What made you want to become a Kianu?
Honestly it was the overall welcoming feeling of Kianu that made me want to be a part of this club. Before rushing, I had only known one girl with whom I worked, Miss Maggie Flannagan—I did not know what to expect when entering the house for the first time. As we traveled from room to room participating in icebreakers and such; I began to realize how welcome and comfortable I felt in this house full of strangers. I remember thinking that if I felt this way with strangers, how cool it would be when I actually knew them! So for me, it was the way I felt when I sat on the couch in the meeting room. I felt like I could be myself and I would be fully accepted, and not any other way. I believe our club does a very good job at that! ?

What Kianu sister has had the greatest impact you?
What Kianu sister has made the greatest impact on me? Jeesh, that is a very hard one—and I thought the favorite memory question was hard! I have to say that I cannot pick one sister that has had the greatest influence on me because each sister has made a huge and different impact in a different way on me. I have had sisters who have been there to listen, to laugh, to cry, to grow with, to learn from, and to challenge myself. I cannot answer this question by naming one name, because there is not just one person who has helped shaped me in the person that I am becoming. Although I will say that the girls that I have met while being a part of this sorority are by far some of the most amazing women I have ever met, and I have learned so much from so many in this club in which I am forever grateful. It is funny, you join this club without exactly knowing why—and then it’s not long after you wonder what you would have done without it.

What do you want to do after you graduate?
After I graduate I plan to do many things such as: begin my career in teaching, start a family, travel to places I’ve never seen, be successful in all aspects of my life, be happy with who I have become or am still becoming, as well as staying involved with the sorority that has given so much to me, that I would have otherwise never experienced.


Jessica Lade '10: Secretary

What inspired you to run for a leadership position in the XAN Club?
I felt running for secretary would allow for a great leadership opportunity in Kianu and would allow me to share ideas to strengthen the club.

Twenty years from now, what hopes do you have for Chi Alpha Nu?
I hope Kianu will be even stronger than it is at this point and lead the change of Greek life at Muskingum.

Why did you choose Muskingum?
I chose MC because of the friendly atmosphere and the partnership MC has with The Wilds.

What is your favorite Kianu memory?
My favorite Kianu memory was when I rushed Stag hill the first time and was tackled by the girls even before I ran up the hill.

Kristen and Jessica
Kristen and Jessica

What is your favorite non-Kianu memory?
My favorite non- Kianu memory was hanging out with my freshman roommate.

What goals do you have for Kianu this year?
I hope Kianu develops more as a club and has more events to develop our friendship.

When did you decide you wanted to pledge Kianu?
I decided to pledge Kianu during the fall.

What made you want to become a Kianu?
Final rush night showed me the friendship that the girls had and I had deeply wanted to be a part of that.

When you first visited the house, what was your impression?
I was impressed by the house upon my first visit.

Which Kianu sister has had the greatest impact on you?
My pledge sisters, Melanie and Kristen, have had the greatest impact on me. I have recently gotten to know them more since living together but they have allowed me to grow and accept the person I am. I look up to their acceptance, work ethic and upbeat personalities.

What do you want to do after you graduate?
I hope to be an education coordinator in a conservation facility or zoological park.


Melanie Priest '10: Treasurer

What inspired you to run for a leadership position in the XAN Club?
I tend to be an outspoken person in smaller settings such as cabinet, however, when in large groups, such as meetings, I often do not feel as inclined to express my ideas and opinions. I also wanted to become more involved in the club, and felt this was an excellent opportunity to do so.

Twenty years from now, what hopes do you have for Chi Alpha Nu?
In 20 years I hope to be able to return to Muskingum and hear that the Kianus are still a thriving sorority filled with diverse women who want to make an impact on the campus. I hope that they continue to uphold the ideals of Kianu and that they are able to improve the overall campus’ view of Greek life. I would like to think that one day Student Life, students on the campus, and all others involved in life at Muskingum College will come to realize just what a great asset Kianu is to the college as they perform community service activities, are involved in various sports and clubs on the campus, and act as role models for incoming freshmen to look up to.

Why did you choose Muskingum?
I chose Muskingum with very little knowledge of what to expect. I came to visit a friend twice while I was still in high school and had an exciting experience both times. I had gone to visit a few other colleges and decided I felt most at home here at Muskingum.

What is your favorite Kianu memory?
My favorite Kianu memory would have to be Pledge Day my sophomore year and getting to experience what it felt like for the first time to understand the excitement of watching the women who are soon to be your sisters as they rush up the hill. When I rushed the hill my freshman year, I remember the thrill, nervousness, and excitement I felt. As I was able to watch my new sisters rush the hill it was a reminder of the feelings I had felt and what inspired me to join Kianu in the first place.

What is your favorite non-Kianu memory?
I don’t know that I have one specific non-Kianu memory in mind. I had such an amazing experience as a freshman even before I joined Kianu that it’s hard to pick just one. Simply continuing to meet and make new friends freshman year and all of the random, crazy things we did makes it hard to pick just one. From flash light tag with the girls on my floor against the guys upstairs to dressing up in costumes on random nights on our floor, the memories I have made both in and out of Kianu are unforgettable.

What goals do you have for Kianu this year?
My goals for Kianu this year are that we can learn to work positively together as a group and are able to complement one another in our thoughts and ideas. Though I know we will all have our differences throughout the year, I hope the club can work through them, learn from them, and grow stronger because of them. I hope that everyone continues to remember what sisterhood is all about, being there for one another and enjoying each other’s company.

When did you decide you wanted to pledge Kianu?
I decided on the last night of rush that I wanted to pledge Kianu.

What made you want to become a Kianu?
Going to the rush parties and seeing how sincere the women were when they talked about the experiences they had and the bonds they shared is the reason I pledged Kianu. I knew that it was something I wanted the opportunity to experience and easily decided Kianu was the best option for me.

When you first visited the house, what was your impression?
My first impression of the house honestly was, “They sure like purple.” However, besides the obvious, the house seemed cozy. The couches were worn in, the carpet wasn’t exactly the newest, and to me that meant that the people who lived in the house must actually hang out together and have a good time whether it be movie nights or dance parties.

Which Kianu sister has had the greatest impact on you?
Maggie Flanagan, probably unknowingly, has had the greatest impact on me. When I first attended the rush parties, she was friendly and welcoming and I knew she was someone I wanted to get to know better. Once I became and active, I realized what a great person she was, having high morals but still knowing how to have fun. She was a sister in the club that I looked up to, though she probably never even realized it. However, to me this meant that she wasn’t just putting on an act because she knew she was acting as a role model, she was simply being herself.

What do you want to do after you graduate?
That’s a good question. My majors right now are accounting, business, and economics; however, I’m not real sure yet what direction I want to head.


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