Beta rocks out for charity at Beta Theta Pi-Looza

Adding to an already busy term for Knox music events, Beta Theta Pi hosted their second annual “Beta Theta Pi-looza” on Saturday,

Freshman Timmy Connor performs at Beta Theta Pi-Looza Saturday, May 18. Going by the stage name “Backronym,” Connor raps his own original work. (Kate Mishkin/TKS)

Freshman Timmy Connor performs at Beta Theta Pi-Looza Saturday, May 18. Going by the stage name “Backronym,” Connor raps his own original work. (Kate Mishkin/TKS)

May 18.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the lawn outside of the Beta house was filled with Knox students, administration and Galesburg residents. People gathered to play Frisbee, spend time outside and enj

oy the many musical acts that took place. The event was well attended by students, parents and even dogs.

The event is held to raise money for the Wounded Warrior project, a foundation that serves wounded service members.

“We have a couple of guys going into the army after graduation, and we like to be patriotic. It’s a big foundation,” senior and Beta Theta Pi member Quentin Gittemeier said.

The idea to raise money for Wounded Warrior stemmed from Beta’s involvement in Tough Mudder, an intensive 10-12 mile obstacle course event that also raises money for Wounded Warrior. The race tests “all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie,” according to the organization website, and many Betas have participated in it.

“A lot of guys from the house do it, so it works out and it’s fun,” Gittemeier said.

Betas raised money for the Wounded Warrior Project by selling t-shirts, food and water balloons. Buffalo Wild Wings also had a truck at the event. Proceeds from food sales went toward the cause.
Betas seemed passionate about the cause they were supporting.

“It’s all about raising money. That’s why I’m here. And we want to raise more than last year. It’s a very worthy cause,” junior and Beta member Alex Nadolna said.

Members of Beta were not the only ones that felt strongly about the cause.
“There are a lot of veterans [who need help] and are homeless, and this provides the help they need. It’s a really important foundation,” freshman Brya Johnson said. “I think it’s really great that there are a lot of people here who aren’t in Beta.”
It was not until 3 p.m. that the musical acts began, and when they did, the event attracted even more people.
“Last year we started earlier, and we wanted to shorten the band section and just hang out a little bit longer and raise some more money,” Gittemeier said.
Various musical acts graced the Beta porch “stage,” including seniors Ben Kammerer and Josh Hosmer-Quint’s violin and acoustic guitar duo, sophomore Griffin Belzer’s Wisconsin-based band Of the Fact and freshman Timmy Connor’s solo rapping act, “Backronym.”
Connor learned about the opportunity from a campus-wide email and appeared happy to have participated.
“It was pretty decent. The sun came [out] and I enjoyed [performing],” Connor said.
Along with an attempt to raise money for the Wounded Warrior project, many Betas discussed the event as a means to bond Galesburg residents and Knox students.
“It involves us on campus and I think the community. Last year, there were a lot of people from Galesburg itself here,” Gittemeier said.
Junior and Beta member Will Milleville also saw that the event was attended by both students and Galesburg residents.
“It really helps the Knox-Galesburg relations,” he said. “There are a lot of parents here too.”

Kate Mishkin
Kate Mishkin is a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. She started working for TKS as a freshman and subsequently served as managing editor, co-news editor and co-mosaic editor. Kate is the recipient of four awards from the Illinois College Press Association for news and feature stories and one award from the Associated Collegiate Press. She won the Theodore Hazen Kimble Prize in 2015 and 2014 and the Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigate Journalism in 2014. She has interned at FILTER Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WGIL radio and the Virginian-Pilot.

Twitter: @KateMishkin

Tags:  Alex Nadoina backronym Ben Kammerer beta Beta-Theta-Pi Beta-Theta-Pi-looza Brya Johnson Griffin Belzer Josh Hosmer-Quint Of the Fact Quentin Gittemeier Timmy Connor Will Millville Wounded Warrior Wounded Warrior Project

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