Welcome to the Associate Chapter of alpha Kappa Delta Phi αΚΔΦ at Binghamton University's website! aKDPhi is the largest and most established International Asian interest sorority and is also recognized by the College Panhellenic Association. We strive to promote sisterhood, scholarship, leadership, and Asian American awareness while encouraging the expression of the individual. Our national philanthropy is Breast Cancer Awareness and each year we promote to fundraise for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. We were established at the University of California, Berkeley in 1990 and at Binghamton University in the Spring of 2003 and are a part of a strong sisterhood that consists of 48 chapters worldwide.
TOP LONDON ATTRACTIONS AS RECOMMENDED BY LONDONERS
A Preliminary Practical Note
If you are traveling to London by plane, arrive at Heathrow and not Gatwick, which is far from the city. Locals advise taking the old black-top taxi from Heathrow to your hotel or London vacation rental.
The City Open-Top Double-Decker Bus
Riding London's famed red double-decker open-topped bus is in itself a way of seeing the sights while going from point A to point B. Or hop on and hop off as the whim takes you.
Locals recommend avoiding the Tube (subway) for those who are less than physically fit.
The Chelsea Flower Show
Oh, the glorious, riotous, perfumeous Chelsea Flower Show! Held every spring at the Chelsea Hospital, this floral extravaganza is a popular annual event. The show gardens, with flowers in synchronous bloom, is nothing short of spectacular, and well worth suffering the crowds. If you want to buy a potted plant or two, book for the last day, as the vendors will start offering discounts at 4 pm prior to the 5:30 closing.
The Royal Family attends opening day, and tickets for the first two days are reserved for the horticultural society members, but the public is welcome for the final two days, with tickets ranging from £30 to £58, depending whether you opt for all-day, afternoon or evening passes. Book early!
Dates for 2014: 20 – 24 May, with a twilight performance of light opera by the Opera Holland Park. More information can be found at their website
Royal Palace Tours
Hie thee hence! A must a must a must.
The glorious Buckingham Palace, official residence of the Queen, is open to the public twice a year in summer. For 2014, variously priced tour packages are available 26 July - 31 August 2014 and 1- 28 September.
The just-as-glorious Windsor Castle is open year round except for the days when the Queen is in residence. In 2014 these days are 18 April, 20 April 2014, 16 June.
As a side note, St. Paul's Cathedral, where Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married, is also a popular tour, open to the public from Monday to Saturday between 8.30am - 4pm. Church services on Sunday.
As one of the world's favorite travel destinations London offers accommodations in every corner of the city to suit every budget, from the swank Ritz and Savoy Hotels to bed and breakfasts to the London YHA Hostel. Make sure you book your accommodation close to sites or activities that interest you. Roomorama offers a number of accommodation options in specific areas around London so you can choose a London Guesthouse that best fits your vacation style.
Agathie Christie's THE MOUSE TRAP, a West End theater show
That's theatre, dahling!
The Mouse Trap is the world's longest-running play, the murder mystery by Agatha Christie having opened in 1952. It is now in its 61st year and playing at the Martin's Theatre. Book a ticket and be part of history!
The West End offers numerous other shows and musicals as well. Information on current West End shows, with prices, times, venues and ticket bookings, can be found at their website. (Shhh: For West End shows, locals recommend purchasing tickets at deep discounts at Leicester Square)
Congratulations to our Spring 2014 Class!
A HUGE congratulations to Lila *MARIONETTE* Lu and the newest additions to our chapter!
#88 Ashley *Drift* Sam
#89 Ann *Driven* Zhu
And congrats to their big sis, Tori *Dare* Wong :)
We're so excited to have you two and we can't wait to see all that you'll do for our sorority! Welcome to the best sisterhood on earth, Sigma Sweethearts. ♥
Congratulations to our very own sister, Selina Ng, for being 1 of the 12 swimmers named to the America East All-Academic squad! Your strong academics and devotion to the sport has brought you this far and we're so proud of you! Keep up the great work, Selina! :) We love you!! ♥ Read about it here
Spring 2014 Rush!
Where: Meet ups in front of Mohawk
What: Join us for our Spring 2014 Rush from 02/03-02/12 with events including a fondue night, a hawaiin luau night, a spa night, and much more! You won't want to miss out on all the fun!
University Fest 2013
Where: The Spine
What: Binghamton University is hosting its annual University Fest to welcome incoming and returning students. Come look for our table and learn more about our organization! We look forward to meeting new faces :)
Where: BU Campus
What: Join the sisters of aKDPhi and members of the MGFC council for a week full of fun and interesting events to get to know us: Monday - Tabling at New Union Tuesday - Cultural Jeopardy Wednesday - Cultural Food Fair Thursday - Risk Management Friday - H
- [07.27] Mary *Blade* Huang
- [07.30] Melissa *Prism* San Pedro
- [08.08] Valerie *Everclear* He
- [08.17] May *Vera* Wu