Columns / Discourse / May 19, 2010

Greek Column: Spring term Greek philanthropy

The Greeks have been very busy over the past few weeks hosting and planning a wide range of philanthropy events for local and national charities. Delta Delta Delta hosted their annual “Triple Play” softball tournament that raised money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The participants mailed out “Sincerely Yours” letters to family and friends in an attempt to raise money for the cancer research center. Sigma Chi and Kappa Kappa Gamma co-hosted an ultimate frisbee tournament to raise money for the FISH Food Pantry. The food pantry tries to provide families in need with enough food to feed them with three nutritious meals a day. After the event, they were able to make a donation of $75 to the pantry. Pi Beta Phi hosted “Pie a Pi Phi” outside Seymour, where students participated in a pie-eating contest and got to throw pies at the sorority members. They raised a total of $411 for the Pi Beta Phi Foundation, which provides scholarships and academic assistance to members in demonstrated need. TKE provided a cleaning service for their “Spring Cleaning” philanthropy event for Safe Harbor Family Crisis Center. They cleaned students’ apartments, dorms, and houses and raised a total of $205, which was donated to Safe Harbor. Alpha Phi Omega hosted their annual Run-A-Thon on the Knox track and had groups participate for 24 hours while having games and prizes for contestants to win. As a result, they raised over $800 for the Child Advocacy Center.

As for upcoming events, Sigma Nu is hosting their annual “Sunset” party on Friday, May 21. For every guest who attends, one dollar will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Donations for Habitat will also be collected at the door. Pi Beta Phi is hosting Cure-A-Palooza during the day on Saturday, May 22. The event is being hosted on the Gizmo patio in hopes of raising money for the Avon Fund For Breast Cancer Research. In the evening, Tau Kappa Epsilon will be hosting the “TKE PINK” party and will be collecting donations at the door to raise money for breast cancer research as well.

Furthermore, Panhellenic Council was busy co-sponsoring famous speaker and politician, Leslie Sanchez, as she attended Knox College on Tuesday, May 18, to give a presentation about minorities and women in politics and discuss her recent book, You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary, and the Shaping of the New American Woman.

IFC will be hosting an open forum for students to come in, hear about the new blanket risk policy for fraternity houses and ask questions about the policy. This will be an open discussion between the IFC representatives from each organization, the exec panel and those who choose to attend. It is scheduled for May 27 at 8:00 p.m. and will run for 30 minutes unless discussion carries on longer. Please come if you have any questions or if you are interested in the new risk policy for the houses and registered parties.

Panhel and IFC representatives will also attend a SASS sponsored Leadership Meeting with Jaclyn Friedman, co-editor of “Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and World Without Rape,” along with leaders from various Knox organizations. This meeting is to discuss sexual assault in hopes of empowering Knox community leaders to help understand that sexual assault can be stopped.

The Greek Community is also excited about congratulating Gentlemen of Quality (GQ) on their recent decision to nationalize with Psi Sigma Phi Fraternity and our newest sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, on their final installation ceremony this Saturday, May 22.

Although we have been busy, our efforts have paid off. We are excited about our newest Greek nationalizations and we are proud that the Greek Community has raised over $1,491 that will be donated to various charities/organizations both locally and nationally. We look forward to another successful week as we begin planning for our next academic year.

Questions?

Contact IFC President, David Fundakowski: dfundako@knox.edu or Panhel President, Anne Horrell: ahorrell@knox.edu

David Fundakowski


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