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$1,650 raised for autism research in Xi Man competition

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Kyle Vancil ’12, representing Phi Delta Theta, was crowned Xi Man 2011, impressing judges and the audience alike with a chemistry-comedy talent, SCUBA sportswear, an impressive formalwear round, and raising over $500. “I felt like I was helping a great cause, while having a blast with the other contestants,” said Vancil.

Men like Vancil came from across the Monmouth College campus to support Autism Speaks in Alpha Xi Delta’s male pageant philanthropy, Xi Man, on Feb 25.

Alpha Xi  collected $1,650.13 to benefit the charity, which is Alpha Xi’s national philanthropy partner and all of the money raised from Xi Man went to the organization. 1,650.13oooo Autism Speaks works to increase awareness of autism and is an advocate for the needs of those suffering from autism and their families. Autism refers to several disorders which interfere with the mental development of children, causing lifelong disability.

Fundraising began two weeks before the event with a table outside of the cafeteria.  Some participants and their coaches visited residence halls to ask students for money. The Xi Man competitor who raised the most money won the full 50 points for their fundraising score, making up half of their overall score.

Participants in Xi Man competed in five categories: Group dance, talent, sportswear, formalwear, and a quiz about Alpha Xi. The men were also asked two questions during the formalwear round, one serious and one not-so-serious.

“It is so important to our chapter to not only raise money for Autism Speaks but to educate the campus about the severity of autism,” said Annie Soto ’12, Philanthropy Chair of Alpha Xi Delta. “Xi Man is a great way to accomplish both.”

Autism Speaks funds research to find preventions, causes, treatments for autism, and works to support the search for a cure for the disorder, which affects an estimated 1.5 million individuals in the United States.

Alpha Xi Delta not only raised money for Autism Speaks, but brought together men from all over campus. Represented in Xi Man 2011 were Zeta Beta Tau, Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Delta Theta, ASAP, Scotsmen, WMCR, SOUP, and Football.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of the pageant and I only hope everyone who attended and participated enjoyed it as much as I did,” said Soto. μ

Michelle Bruce ‘12

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IFC and Panhel to join After Hours team

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

This year, the After Hours program has become a new hit on campus. Students had been asking for more alternative dining options through the Associated Students of Monmouth College (ASMC), and were also interested in a program that would serve as a stress reliever and a way to relax on a week night after a long day. In response to these demands, Aramark, the food service here at Monmouth, teamed up with the Association for Student Activity Programming (ASAP) and the Office of Greek Life, Involvement, and Service to create a program that would
provide different late night food options and opportunity for students to gather for entertainment and activities. The product of their efforts is now known as After Hours.

Next year, a joint effort between the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Panhellenic Council, Aramark, and ASAP will be in place to make After Hours even bigger and better than it was this year. Because ASAP and Greek life are two of the largest groups on campus it was important that they be involved to pull in as many students as possible. The campus has taken great interest.

This semester, the Panhellenic Council volunteered to co-sponsor a casino night as an After Hours event. Ladies from Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Xi Delta, and Pi Beta Phi participated by running the casino games dressed professionally as real dealers would be.

Sam Bundy of Kappa Kappa Gamma says, “It was fun. There was great food and the casino games were fun. I think After Hours is an awesome thing to do during the week when there is nothing else to do.”

Alpha Xi Delta’s Danielle Kita says, “I like After Hours a lot, especially big events like Casino Night. It’s a great way to spend time with friends and a good break from homework.”

Panhel and IFC will be representing Greek life and taking a larger role in After Hours next semester to continue providing Monmouth students with a safe and fun social program. The contribution from Greek organizations along with ASAP, ASMC, and Aramark will assure the success of After Hours seen this year will continue to grow in the future. μ

Katie Argentine ‘12