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Great awards follow a great year in Greek Life

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

 

Fraternity members celebrate success in 2010-2011 academic year. (Photo by Daniel M. Reck.)

It’s been a big year for Greek Life at Monmouth College.  Thousands of dollars have been raised for charity, thousands of hours have been given in service, and hundreds of students have enjoyed academic success.

The pinnacle of each year is Greek Week, which recently concluded with the Annual Greek Life Awards.  All seven Greek organizations came together, raised over $1,050 for Haiti earthquake relief, and organized a record-setting blood drive.

“Greek Week this year was a magnificent success!” says Haleigh Turner ’12, Greek Week Chair and President of Pi Beta Phi. “Every chapter came together on multiple occasions to hang out, have a great time, possibly get slimmed, and show campus that no matter our letters we are a unified Greek System.

Through Penny Wars and a Car Bash, Greeks raised $1,054.13, which will go to Lights for Haiti through Citizen Effect. The money raised will help provide solar-powered lanterns to Haitians who are still recovering from the earthquake that devastated the country two years ago.

There were many events during Greek Week, from a Bop-It tournament, Slime-Time, karaoke, trivia, a scavenger hunt, and philanthropies; perhaps one of the most memorable was the All-Greek Candle Pass.

“It really meant a lot to see brothers and sisters from different organizations linked together representing not only our unity during Greek Week but our forever support of one another as we passed a significant item from each chapter as well as sang our songs,” says Turner.

The Greek Week show allowed fraternity members to show off their values, pride, and humor as they put on four 1990s-themed acts. In addition to the shows put on by Greek organizations, the so-called Greek God and Goddess, along with their Demigod and Demigoddess counterparts, competed in talent, questions, and overall participation to win the titles.

The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon and the women of Pi Beta Phi won the Greek Show on Thursday night with their medley of references to 90s television shows and dance numbers. The men of Zeta Beta Tau, teamed up with a mix of women from each women’s fraternity dubbed The Panhellenic Alliance, won the banner contents, which was also announced at the Greek Week show.

Greek Week ended on Friday with the Annual Greek Life Awards banquet. Greeks dressed to impress and to raise awareness for autism. Alpha Xi Delta women handed out blue ribbons for World Autism Awareness Day, which coincided with the awards program.  Outside, Wallace Hall’s famous copula was lit in a brilliant blue as part of the national “Light It up Blue” campaign for Autism Awareness Month. The Empire State Building in New York City, along with many other landmarks, were also awash in blue for the night.

The banquet, held in the specially-decorated cafeteria, brought together fraternity members from every organization to celebrate their successes and the success of their fellow brothers and sisters. The guest list not only included fraternity members, but faculty, advisors, deans, and President Mauri Ditzler.

The women of Alpha Xi Delta won Overall Greek Week for their fourth year running as well as many other chapter and individual awards.

“We have worked hard to better ourselves and to follow our National Fraternity motto, ‘realize your potential,’” says Kim Dwyer ’12, President of Alpha Xi Delta. “It was exciting to see all of our hard work pay off.  Our chapter is more than grateful and proud of one another.”

Although each of the awards are of high honor, the most prestigious award that can be earned at Monmouth College is the award for Outstanding Chapter Operations. This year, Pi Beta Phi earned this award.

Recipients of the 2011 Greek Life Awards were:

  • Academic Excellence Award – Alpha Xi Delta
  • Excellence in Campus Involvement and Leadership – Phi Delta Theta
  • Outstanding Chapter Program – Xi Man, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Award for Excellence in Community Service and Philanthropy – Phi Delta Theta
  • Outstanding Advisor – Denise Turnbull, Pi Beta Phi
  • Emerging Female Leader – Lydia Butler, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Emerging Male Leader – Jeff Skalon, Alpha Tau Omega
  • Outstanding Greek President – Leah Statler, Pi Beta Phi
  • Greek Woman of the Year – Kristen Wyse, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek Man of the Year (Cy Reagan Award) – John Cayton, Phi Delta Theta
  • The Richard “Doc” Kieft Award – Rodney Clayton, Phi Delta Theta
  • Outstanding Chapter Operations – Pi Beta Phi
  • Greek Week Spirit Award – Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek God and Goddess – Andrew Farraher, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Ashley May, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek Demi-God and Demi-Goddess – Alex Mackley, Zeta Beta Tau and Courtney Jonsson, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Overall Greek Week Winners – Alpha Xi Delta

“Winning the Chapter Operations Award is a true honor”, said Turner. “Leah, as President, and our executive board, worked hard to excel our chapter to one that adheres not only to a loving sisterhood but one with high standards for our sisters.” μ

Michelle Bruce ‘12

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Alpha Xis help Wallace Hall ‘Light It Up Blue’

Friday, April 1st, 2011

 From their new home on East Broadway, the women of Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity will have a great vantage point for viewing an unusual campus sight that they helped create.

On the evening of Friday, April 1, thanks to their efforts, Wallace Hall will take on a new appearance as part of “Light It Up Blue,” an international initiative to shine a light on autism as a growing public health crisis. Both the familiar cupola and the front of the building will be flooded in blue light for one night only. 

More than 450 iconic landmarks – including the Empire State Building – and venues such as bridges, sports arenas, museums and restaurants in more than 120 U.S. cities and 30 countries will also Light It Up Blue this weekend to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day.

The Alpha Xi Delta national fraternity entered into a partnership with Autism Speaks in 2009. As the largest autism advocacy and research organization in the world, Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes and prevention of autism; finding treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Bob Wright, vice chairman of General Electric, founded the organization in 2005 along with his wife, Suzanne. The Wrights are the grandparents of a child with autism.

A complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, autism is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown. μ

Barry McNamara, Director of the News Bureau

This article appeared in The Pipeline for the week of April 2-8, 2011.

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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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Greeks devote hearts to homecoming

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

With the falling of the leaves and autumn in full bloom, the annual rite of homecoming has visited Monmouth College.  There were a plethora of reasons to be excited for this tradition: the football game, the parade around town, and a celebration of Greek Life.   This is a special time for Greek Life because all the traditions which show Greek Life’s strength on campus were on display for the weekend.

The Spirit Shout on Friday evening featured organizations from all around campus battled to see who had the best dance moves and most Fighting Scots spirit.  Men’s and women’s fraternities were paired together fir this event. The women of Pi Beta Phi and the men of Zeta Beta Tau took first place for the Spirit Shout, followed by Kappa Kappa Gamma and Sigma Phi Epsilon.  Even the Theta Chi Fraternity alums made a strong showing at the parade, with a bold red banner displayed outside their old home, which is now the Intercultural House.

Following the Spirit Shout, the homecoming royal court was announced, and the court was loaded with Greeks.  SigEps Ben Morrow ’11 and Galvin Halpin ‘12 won Senior King and Junior Prince, respectively. Alpha Xi president Kristen Wyse ‘11, was crowned Senior Queen. Danielle Kita ’12, also of Alpha Xi, won Junior Princess.

The sunny Saturday morning started with the homecoming parade.  Chapter appeared with floats, shopping carts, and even in a kazoo band.  Pi Beta Phi won first place for their parade float, while Alpha Xi Delta and Kappa Kappa Gamma earned second and third place.

Greeks also lead the homecoming banner competition, with SigEp and Alpha Xi tied for first place. Pi Phi was judged to be the overall homecoming champion among all student organizations.

With the celebration of Greek Life, Kappa Kappa Gamma had an extra special homecoming week while they celebrated the 140th anniversary of KKG’s founding.  KKG was founded in 1870 at Monmouth College and is one of the original woman’s fraternities.  Kappa has spread 130 chapters all over North America.

New for 2010, homecoming featured open houses for all seven Greek chapters.  Alumni, current students, and everyone else interested in Greek Life were welcome to visit.  The houses were open to everyone on Saturday afternoon following the football game.  Alums shared stories of their college experiences while members showed off their chapters’ recent accomplishments.

Homecoming is a time that mixes the traditions of old with the excellence of the present.  Theologian Tryon Edwards once said “every reunion is a type of heaven,” and so Greek alums and current Greek members alike were in full force, with hearts devoted to their Fighting Scot’s pride, and perhaps bringing a bit of heaven to Monmouth for the weekend.

Alex Woods ’12 and Michelle Bruce ‘12

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Fat Talk Free Week starts today

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Today kicks off Fat Talk Free Week, a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of “fat talk” among women and its effect on body image.

“Fat Talk” is commonly used every day and includes statements that support the idea that thin is beautiful idea and lead women to feel insecure with their bodies.  Low self-esteem, which can be caused by fat talk, is a major problem among women in the U.S. with 10 million women suffering from eating disorders.

The campaign beginning this week stems from Reflections: Body Image Program, started by the women of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity for women in 1988. The program helped women of Tri Delta maintain a positive body image.  Other campuses around the country are also participating in Fat Talk Free Week.

“I think it’s important to end fat talk,” says Samantha Sprouse, a Delta Delta Delta at Illinois State University and former body image leader for the program.  “So many women are affected by what others think of them and it often leads to extreme measures of unhealthy dieting!”

Illinois State University will be hosting an events throughout the week to end fat talk, from “Trash your Fat Talk” to writing “you are beautiful” on their bathroom mirrors in their house.

“Girls need to be confident about their bodies,” says Sprouse, who also says the program will help them achieve that confidence.

Sprouse and other affiliated with the movement say the media portrayal of what body type is ideal has hurt many women across the world, from Monmouth to China. Models appearing in magazines and on television do not resemble the majority of women in this world. Women come in all different shapes and sizes, different backgrounds and genetics. Just as women come in different varieties, so does beauty. The Fat Talk Free Week activities hope to teach that there is no one ideal of beauty.

National Love Your Body Day also takes place during Fat Talk Free Week. Here at Monmouth College, Crimson Masque will be performing The Vagina Monologues, opening Tuesday.

Jennifer Erbes, director of The Vagina Monologues and member of Alpha Xi Delta, says the play is “opening the day after Love Your Body Day, which I think is fabulous—simply for the fact that it is a part of the whole movement about becoming comfortable with ourselves.”

While National Love Your Body Day and Fat Talk Free Week only come around once a year, organizers hope that participants will remember the campaigns all year. They say that maintaining a strong positive body image can make you feel better about yourself and can improve your life. Tri Delta’s Body Image Program provides women with things they can use throughout the year to promote a positive body image:

1. Choose one friend or family member and discuss one thing you like about yourselves.

2. Keep a journal of all the good things your body allows you to do (e.g., sleep well and wake up rested, play tennis, etc.).

3. Pick one friend to make a pact with to avoid negative body talk. When you catch your friend talking negatively about their body, remind them of the pact.

4. Make a pledge to end complaints about your body, such as “I’m so flat-chested” or “I hate my legs.” When you catch yourself doing this, make a correction by saying something positive about that body part, such as, “I’m so glad my legs got me through soccer practice today”.

5. The next time someone gives you a compliment, rather than objecting (“No, I’m so fat”), practice taking a deep breath and saying “thank you.” μ

Michelle Bruce ‘12

Greek Life in the News

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Greeks Life appeared in the news several times this week.  Please be sure to check out these stories in the The Courier at Monmouth College: