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Written by Soror Diamond Khandr Meness

 

If you’re an avid FB user, then you may have noticed all month long the Sorors of Sigma Upsilon Nu, SL Sorority have been showing their pride by posting why they ”Bleed Blue”. The month long campaign has allowed each soror to express individually what being a Soror of Sigma Upsilon Nu means to them.

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Sigma Upsilon Nu SL Sorority was founded on April 9, 2010. Cleopatra Kellman, her real life sister Angel McMullen, Neylaan Kytori, and Monique Kessel make up the four founding members of S.u.N. Created to offer a place of sisterhood within the SL community, Sigma has grown to become one of the most elite Sororities on the Second Life grid, composed of distinguished women who aspire to instill high standards and integrity within the community.

Our mission: To generate UNITY among all women by fostering a strong sisterhood based on Individuality, Honesty, Loyalty, Respect, Responsibility, and Excellence. These are but just a few of the defining characteristics that makes up a Soror of Sigma Upsilon Nu. All Sorors share a sense of responsibility to their fellow sisters by not only enjoying SL together, but also dedicating and showing real life loyalty, time and respect to one another. There have been many trips to visit our fellow sisters. This is one of the qualities that make being a Soror of Sigma Upsilon Nu stand out.

Our charity for five years has been bringing awareness to those who suffer from Lupus.   Each year in May, the Sorors of Sigma Upsilon Nu host month long events to help educate the virtual community on the effects of lupus. Why Lupus? Our beloved sister and Mentor Deeva Allen as well as some of our Sorors suffer from the effects of Lupus every day. Since our introduction of Lupus awareness on the grid of Second Life, many women in the SL community are more aware and educated on the effects of lupus due to their own personal struggle with Lupus. Education helps with early diagnosis, which is very important. What is Lupus? Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and tissue damage to the body.

Bleed Blue is a way for us to verbalizing whom we are, why we are Sigmas, why we pledge and continue to be True Blue every day. So during this month long event, and while you are surfing the waves of Facebook, take a moment to read why we ‘Bleed Blue’. You will know us from our Bleed Blue picture that we all have as our profile pictures.

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This September starts our Rush Week. If you are interested in becoming a Soror of Sigma Upsilon Nu, contact one of our sisters for an interest packet. In the meantime, take a moment to send any of us an IM or message in SL or Facebook to ask any questions you may have regarding our Sorority or just to ask why we ‘bleed blue’ for Sigma Upsilon Nu.

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***Want to learn more about Lupus? Please click the link to our website that give you reliable and up to date information regarding lupus as well as a link to both the Lupus Foundation of America and Lupus UK. Please take a moment to find out the many facts about lupus.

 

If you want to learn more about Sigma Upsilon Nu, SL Sorority check out our Information and Contacts page.

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Sorority Spotlight Sigma Upsilon Nu by Saphy Genesis

The Sorors of ΣΥΝ would like the thank Saphy Genesis and the Sorors of Delta Eta Rho for the wonderful interview. We look forward to working with very soon.

A Word Artist’s Journey…

become-a-travel-writer  By Ngozi Nyoki

If you ask me why and how I began writing, I’d have to say, I did it to release the pain.  I began with a small diary given to me by an older woman who knew of my sorrow as a child, yet was unable to afford me any relief other than to gift me the escape of pages upon which to pour my heartache.  “This is for you to write down all your feelings, so that you have a safe space to be yourself and to grow.  One day you’ll look back and read all that you’ve accomplished, and you’ll be surprised.”

She wasn’t wrong.  More than 33 years later I still have diaries with my handwritten contemplations and concerns.  The words of an 11 year old spilling upon the pages like rain dropping in all directions with seemingly no sense of order or cohesion…only one purpose…release.  Writing was a freedom space…where I could not be bound by what I saw at the time as the restrictions of an overprotective father, and rigidly structured faith guidelines.  A safe haven, where I could speak my mind, rebuff the verbal attacks of school bullies, and re-imagine the reality of my tortured days.  A private stage where I could finally say all the things I wish I had the courage to say out loud.

As the years passed, my writing became a source of inspiration for action.  No longer were the lined pages cages to a heart that feared expression.  Instead they had become a testing ground for perfecting my verbal acumen.  Like the line of a bow, the tension propelled me to speak a word straight to the heart of what ever matter plagued me. Through writing, I was able to reflect upon my thoughts and perfect them before baring them to the world.

As a teen, my writing became a confirmation of my own excellence.  (Something that I was slow to acknowledge.)  Yet the confirmations kept tumbling out before me: essay contest winner, honors English student and an ability to write a compelling ten page research paper during a single night’s cramming session!  Ok, so maybe the last point is not the best example of excellence, but it sure came in handy!

What I learned over time is the magnitude and power of words.  How they can hurt and heal…cut and caress…demand and submit.  It was a love affair that blossoms to this day.  One that started as a small seed, and now stands mighty and strong, offering me shade and a place to rest in comfort and tranquility.  A space all my own, where the judgment of others matters little; the sweet echo of my soul’s affirmation is enough.

Top Vacation Spots in Second Life By Soror Diamond Meness-Khandr

So you’ve worked hard and the summer is bringing the cries of that one word that makes it all worthwhile: VACATION.  That’s right, its vacation time and what better way to spend the summer than kicked back on a beach, relaxing on a tropical island, or taking a drive out to the snowcapped mountains to escape all that summer heat!
Even here in Second Life, one can take a vacation and enjoy some peace and quiet with a loved one or even with family on a SIM that promises to provide you all the amenities needed to help you get away for a week.

This article takes a look at six amazing Vacation Spots that’s sure to provide some relief to you and your special loved one or as a family a way to escape.  So let’s get started.
It was a tough job for this Soror, but someone had to do it.  Packing up my swimsuits and winter gear, yes, I said winter gear, to head out to six of the most beautiful and amazing places in Second Life to have a vacation, me and my husband was looking forward to the sights and sounds.

 

 

 

Our first stop was the Great Escape Honeymoon and Vacation Getaway Retreat.  This beautiful vacation spot is perfect for the great outdoors couple.  Set on a gorgeous crystal blue lake, couples or even families can enjoy a variety of activities such as bike riding, boating, swimming, and even a ‘camp’ site for roughing it in the woods.  Of course you can also stay in the amazing log cabin home that has a host of amenities for your pleasure. The entire SIM is full of beautiful and breath taking waterfalls, a family could sit by the pier and watch the sun come up or even go down.  The home is equipped with a kitchen to cook all the wonderful food for your loved one or family.  Take a look at the gorgeous pictures.

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Our next vacation spot took us to Las Brisas Island.  It’s a Honeymoon-Lovers get away that is the most beautiful tropical beach retreat.  There is so much to explore and so much to do…  This SIM Vacation spot is definitely not for the children!  So leave the kids with relatives and go to this amazing adult SIM to rekindle that love.  There is a gorgeous fireplace outside on the beach and lots of nooks and crannies where you can express your love to that special someone over and over again!  And with all the heat that will be going on, be sure to stop by the Ice Cream Truck to help cool things down, but just a bit!

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Spot Three took us to the snowcapped mountains of Silvermoon Bay.  You arrive to this wonderful destination in your own personal SUV where you are suddenly stuck in the snow!!  What’s a couple to do!?!?   Snuggle up by the fireplace located in the cabin and leave the rest up to your imagination!  Enjoy any of these three places each on an entire homestead so you have plenty of privacy.  There are no neighbors and no unwanted visitors.  Once you arrive, public access is turned off and you’re stranded alone with your loved one!  All three of these venue are full of the most up-to-date Sex  Furniture on the Grid if it’s for you and  your loved on.   Contact Robinnurse Rowlands to set up an appointment but in the meantime, all three SIMS are open for your viewing pleasure.

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Our next stop took us to the beautiful Island of Oahu, Hawaii!  The beauty of Leis and Coconut Drinks, Hawaii is one of the premier vacation spots for anyone.  In Second Life, it’s the perfect spot for that vacation couple who wants to get away from the stresses of Second Life for a week.  There are 21 Vacation Rentals to choose from and plenty of things to do to keep the family busy and learn the history of Oahu Hawaii.  There is an Amphitheater, a drive in theater for the family to enjoy a movie, lots of cute shops to bring home souvenirs for friends and families, a hang out hut to meet with other vacationers, and an education center.  There is swimming and surfing as well for those who want to brave the Hawaiian waters.  When you want to take your loved or family on a nice week long vacation, this is the place to come.

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Next we stopped at The Garden Breeze Restaurant and Retreat!  No Cooking on this Vacation!!  When you first land on this amazing SIM your senses are exploding with the beauty of the tropics!  There are the most beautiful waterfalls on a bed of glistening water.  There are two retreats to choose from and each are absolutely amazing!  You can just smell the breeze of flowers and freshness in the air.  There is a cozy living room to relax and enjoy each other’s company.  There is also a nice kitchen area and a bedroom that is absolutely beautiful that will bring many nights of blissful sleep (or maybe not lol.).  When you are ready to dine, just head over to the Garden Breeze Restaurant, an amazing place to enjoy your meal with your loved one and or family.   Dinner plans include: appetizers, main course, desserts, and drinks, with your own personal waiter or waitress.  Meals consist of Beef, Chicken, Seafood, and pasta dishes.  Dessert ranges from Ice cream, trifles, sorbets, and pies.  Drinks include cocktails (Sorry parents, no kids allowed in the restaurant)

In addition to bringing a special loved one, you can also bring friends or coworkers here for a special outing.  Don’t forget to make your Reservation to have that total dining experience.  If you have an absolutely wonderful time, and we know you will, you can buy one of the homes that they have available by checking out their Prefab stores.  If you’re looking for wedding supplies, look no further, they have that too!  Get in contact the Vasanti Romano for more information and reservations.  You are guaranteed to have a great time.

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Our final spot and by far the most amazing and beautiful location one could enjoy, was Paradise Cove Hideaway. This featured vacation spot is indeed a Paradise.  Three beautiful home are set up on this lovely SIM.  There are lots of little hideaways and secret locations to enjoy spending time with that special loved one.  With Bike Rides, Games, a Bar, and White Water Rafting, Yes!!  I said White Water Rafting, you are sure to have the most amazing time.  There are many common areas so that couples can meet up and have a great time talking and getting to know each other.  Each vacation spot is set to private so no one can zoom over to invade your privacy, so go ahead and enjoy yourself!   My husband and I got a first class tour of this amazing Vacation spot for that special someone or families and we left feeling like VIPs.  We took a boat ride with owner of the SIM, Rosco Dexing on the most amazing tour of his three amazing suites.  The entire SIM is a tropical paradise that will have you coming back over and over again.  So make your reservation and get your own personalized ride to your villa and start enjoying the most amazing Vacation SIM on the Grid.  We were so impressed with this SIM we had to sit down with the owner and discuss his vision behind Paradise Cove Hideaway

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Diamond Meness: How did you hear about Second Life and What made you come here?
Rosco Dexing: I have 2 rl sisters here and we wanted a way to stay close because we are in different cities right now
Diamond Meness: Was contact strictly as a means to communicate to family or once you got here, you liked Section Life?
Rosco Dexing: Once I got here I liked it and it took on a life for me. I’m a single dad
Diamond Meness: What do you mean it took on a life for you?
Rosco Dexing: Well I got to meet people and go out and have fun, but it got better after I met my wife.
Diamond Meness: How did you meet your wife?
Rosco Dexing: We stayed friends for about 8 months.  She is just so different from all the women I met and we started to date.  Then we got married.  OMG she is my world.
Diamond Meness: Tell us about Paradise Cove Hideaway.  Was it something you created on your own or was it a collaborated effort with your wife?  What made you want to create something so beautiful for the community?
Rosco Dexing: My wife and I are so into family and my daughter just got married 3 months ago. My wife and I had our honeymoon in a sky box, which was nice, but you really got love your mate to make it in a few days in a skybox. My son and I searched for 2 weeks for a place but when it came to my daughter I wanted more for her, so we searched for about 2 weeks.  Some places had the box like the one night stand type of hotel and I was like hell no. Other places cost 8k for a week so I talk to my wife and family, mainly my wife, and we made a list of all the things we wanted, not just for honeymoons but for couples to be able to have a place to get away to.  If it cost too much you can do a getaway to often because you have kids and other things to take care of and you start moving a part.  You need that time to be together.  That’s why we set the cost in a comfortable range so you can relax more often. My wife has a vision of how to bring in the feel. We wanted a place you could just relax. Weddings cost so much, but then you don’t have a place for a honeymoon to start your new life.  I learned that from my wife. Life after the wedding is more important.
Diamond Meness: Where did the name Paradise Cove Hideaway come from?
Rosco Dexing: My wife.  The family made a list of like 15 names and my wife placed the name we all liked the most.  We wanted the name to match the place the spirit.
Diamond Meness: What does a couple do once they get to Paradise Cove Hideaway?  What amenities do you offer?  Is it strictly for honeymoons, or romantic getaways and family vacations are available as well.
Rosco Dexing: The main part is honeymoons and couple getaways. Once you get your house you can check in and then explore all the common areas.  If a family wants to come and rent the land I have an idea of the cost.  There are about 10 different sites and fishing and white water rafting.  You have to be able to laugh and have fun with your partner.  There is privacy. Your names are added to that house so no other couple can enter.
Diamond Meness: What do you do on the down time? When there is no one renting.  Do you rent to businesses or groups to host events, etc.
Rosco Dexing: Yes.  It depends if you want to stay over. The land holds 20 people at one time. So say you want a weekend for a group and you want the houses, I would do that for 8k for 2 days, but you get a free day before your time starts. Check out is midnight
Diamond Meness: Where do we see the future of paradise Cove going.
Rosco Dexing: A full SIM.  We will add more of a winter and maybe receptions. My wife has a vision.
Diamond Meness: Is there something you want your customers to know that we didn’t ask you?
Rosco Dexing:  We are a family business.  I have 3 daughters, my son in law, and my granddaughter and great granddaughter working with us.  We want to make everyone’s SL as real as we can. The joy on a happy couples face is what we are after.
Diamond Meness:  Well Mr Dexing, thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me and me and my husband wish you a lot of success.  We see great things happening with your vacation SIM.
Rosco Dexing: Thank you.

 

 

So needless to say Second Lifers, Vacations are back and back strong on Second Life.  Spending time at any one of these amazing Vacation Spots will have you well rested once your vacation is over and you will be refreshed and ready to take on the world of Second Life again.  But as long as we have a place to escape, we can handle anything.  All of these owners did an amazing job with making sure that your vacation is well worth the lindens and time.  So take out the suntan location, or in some cases, your winter boots, and start your vacation today.  All of these places book up pretty fast so you better get your anniversary dates set now.

Thank you. Gracias. Merci. Mahalo. Obrigado.

The Sorors of Sigma Upsilon Nu, SL Sorority would like to thank each and every one of you that helped make Lupus Awareness Month 2013 a huge success! Your donations, and support allowed us to make a real life donation of $749.00 U.S. Dollars. These funds were donated to the Lupus Foundation of America and Lupus UK, all monies are used to help find new treatments and find a cure and “Solve The Cruel Mystery”.

Whether you attended the lavish Red Door Models exclusive event, or if you went to the beach party, the masquerade ball, the white yacht party, and tipped a purple butterfly. We want you to know that we appreciate you and the light within you shines brightly as it touches the lives of those living with lupus; who will be appreciative of your donations.

A special thank you also to the ladies (sisters) of Tau Beta Tau, who generously supported our events as well as donated the proceeds they raised from their own lupus awareness party to Sigma Upsilon Nu. Greek Unity does exist and when we all work together, we all benefit.

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