Sun. Jan 23rd, 2022

The members of Greek community have been very busy since school has begun; keeping up with their dedication and pride to West Chester’s campus and community, continuing to strive for academic success, and prolonging their motivation in leading their peers in a positive direction. The social sororities and fraternities welcomed new members to their close-knit community through the process of recruitment and rush. Entering a place of endless opportunities, lifelong learning, and lasting memories, the new members of each organization attended the Future Greek Leaders (FGL) retreat, organized by the Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council. They learned about the different local and national philanthropies each chapter engages in and about the Greek community’s largest philanthropy project, Camp Dreamcatcher. It provides a one-week therapeutic and educational camp for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS at no cost. Each chapter helps collect funds for Camp Dreamcatcher and the counselors and staff consists of some members of the Greek community. At FGL, the new members went to different workshops to help build leadership skills and enhance their knowledge of their community. The Greeks learned about the different leadership opportunities that they can entail, the risks of drugs and alcohol on a college campus, and the importance of grades.

The Greek community promoted their WCU pride and showed their support to West Chester University’s athletics department. The InterGreek Council (IGC) gave away pom- poms and tattoos at the Oct. 7 televised football game against Shippensberg. Throughout the stands of the Farrell Stadium, members of the Greek community cheered their way to a victory. IGC organized a borough clean up after Homecoming day. Members of each chapter were assigned blocks to clean up throughout the streets of West Chester.

Many chapters of the Greek community have already organized events for their national philanthropy, from bake sales to staying up all night for donations. Zeta Tau Alpha and Beta Theta Pi organized a blood drive with the National Red Cross, helping save hundreds of lives. Alpha Phi teeter tottered for donations for their philanthropy, Cardiac Care. Phi Sigma Sigma rocked on their rocking chair outside Chris’s Pizza for their Rock-A-Thon, raising money for the National Kidney Foundation. Delta Chi had their three day Quarters for a Cure event to benefit the Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research.

Phi Sigma Sigma is hosting their annual Phi Singled Out November 16 in Main Hall 168. “Phi Singled Out” is a question and answer contest based on the popular MTV dating show ‘Singled Out,’ where the main contestant is blindfolded and wins a gift card with the opposite sex by eliminating them based on their answers to a variety of questions. Proceeds are going to their national philanthropy, the National Kidney Foundation.

Delta Phi Epsilon is hosting Deepher Dude on November 1 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the Sykes Theater. “Deepher Dude” is a male beauty pageant that consists of talent, interview and costume portions. There are more upcoming philanthropy events, so look out for flyers around campus and Facebook events.

Anita Ung is a third-year psychology major. She can be reached at AU682403@wcupa.edu

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