The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

James Pitard is a senior from Birmingham, AL studying Finance and Economics and a minor in Risk Management. Pledging in the Spring of 2020, James serves as the chair of the Community Outreach Committee and as Alpha Rho’s UGC Delegate. In his free time, he loves to read (obviously), watch movies, listen to music, and workout. After graduation, James will move to Atlanta for his new job and hopes with brother blogs such as this he can leave a lasting impact on the brotherhood that has done so much for him during his time at The University of Alabama. Roll Tide.

Don’t Be Afraid to Get a Little Dirty

Will Freder is a senior from Greenwich, Connecticut majoring marketing and minoring in computer science and technologies. He pledged AKPsi in the Fall 2016 and hasn't looked back since. Will got into building because he saw what his creations meant to other people, loves to give back and give people what they need. With the help of his parents, brother and friends, he has been able to make that happen as much as he possibly can. Will's favorite food is pizza. Hands down. (New York style cheese pizza, if anyone is curious.)


Amanda Bugos is a freshman from Houston, Texas majoring in marketing with a special interest in sports. Since she is a freshman at UA, she is just starting to get involved in campus. Other than being a new brother of Alpha Rho, Amanda is also a member of the UA Water Ski Team and an honors student in the business school. Her interests include watching and going to sporting events (especially the Houston Rockets), anything related to boats and water sports, photography, music, and of course traveling.


Savannah Hall is a junior from Mobile, AL studying finance with a specialization in economics and a minor in theatre. She joined Alpha Kappa Psi in Fall 2018 and currently serves on the Recruitment committee. Savannah also serves in the Student Alumni Association as Treasurer, Black Warrior Film Festival as Co-Director of Business, the Business Honors Program, and is currently pledging the theatre honor society, Alpha Psi Omega. She values family and friends the most, especially her siblings because she is a triplet. When Savannah’s not in Bidgood Hall, Rowand Johnson Hall, or Gorgas Library you can probably find her at the movies. Along with movies she loves all things Disney, musicals, and NYC.


Bailey Westbrook, native to Downers Grove, Illinois, is a senior studying economics and French. Bailey has been a member of Alpha Rho since Fall of 2017 and currently serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee as well as the Parliamentarian Committee. Bailey is passionate about growth and is determined to make the world a more accepting and understanding place. Bailey's favorite thing to do is experience something for the first time. She adores her black cat, Turtle, and her life's mantra is “Do something that scares you every day.”


Jake McDonald is a junior studying economics and finance from Pensacola, FL. He began an internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation this past summer and will continue to intern there until graduation. His interests include avidly following his New York sports teams, keeping up with politics, and devoting countless hours to reading. At UA, his involvement centers around Alpha Rho as Vice President of Alumni Affairs and First College Ministry, where he serves as Vice President, along with membership and participation in many other groups on campus such as the Business Honors Program. He hopes to pursue a career in economics, horseracing, politics, or some intersection of these topics. If you need some winning picks for the Kentucky Derby next year, he's your guy.


Isaac Chambers is junior from Atlanta, GA, currently majoring in marketing and minoring both professional sales and computer technology & applications. He is passionate about working to improve minority representation on campus by serving as the Director of Campus Outreach for First Fellows and as a Peer Leader for the First Year Experience program. Isaac has been active and engaged with Alpha Rho since his initiation in Fall 2017, most recently serving as Chapter Collaboration Chair. When Isaac isn’t at The Capstone, he loves attending concerts and visiting new cities with his friends.


The New Yorker, Christopher Rogers is a senior majoring in philosophy, english, and history with a political science and a broader minority studies minor on the pre-law track. He values Love, mentorship, and equality and devotes his free time fostering relationships, cooking, and traveling to New York. When not boarding a plane to his favorite city, he is servicing events at the student union, blogging recipes, couture, and advice columns and for the reason you are here – planning his next trip to New York!


Garrison Kennedy is a senior studying aerospace engineering. As apart of the Fall 2018 Pledge Class, he was a little late to the party, but is taking full advantage of his short stint. Originally from Bowling Green, KY, Garrison is involved in American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics on campus and will start his senior design project in the fall. This summer he is interning at Eglin AFB just across the bay from Destin, FL. Garrison enjoys watching, talking, and playing sports and loves how it brings people together. He also loves Star Wars (shocker) and thoroughly enjoyed Game of Thrones Season 8 because he is a rational human and saw it coming from a mile away.


Catherine Besand is a sophomore majoring in marketing with big dreams of working in entertainment and hospitality. She is in the Million Dollar Band Color Guard and will serve as Recruitment Chair and Parliamentarian for Alpha Rho this coming year. Catherine loves to volunteer with children’s organizations, work with Culverhouse Connections as a member of their Student Leadership Board, and attend American Marketing Association meetings to learn more about the industry she wants to enter into. Catherine loves a challenge and is always in search of the next opportunity to excel. If you need to find her, she’ll either be studying in Gorgas Library, performing at Bryant-Denny Stadium, or riding every ride at Walt Disney World. ​