Greek life gives back to community

The Zeta Tau Alpha, Phi Sigma Sigma and Alpha Phi sororities showed off to parents how Linfield Greek life gives back to the community.

Each sorority organized a charity event for family weekend.

Zeta Tau Alpha continued its tradition of organizing a haunted house with the Delta Psi Delta Fraternity. The decorated Delta Psi Delta fraternity house was open on Oct. 25 from 7 to 11 p.m.

“Delta Psi Delta [assisted] the Zeta gals with the set up and take down of the haunted house. We [dug] graves in the back yard, [had] supplies from previous years and [hosted] the event in our house,” said senior Alex Lazar, Delta Psi Delta president, in an email.

“It [was] a collaborative event, the Deltas and Zetas [worked] together on everything, no one party [was] directed to do one responsibility over the other,” Lazar said in an email.

The entrance fee to the house was either three dollars or two cans of food.

“Every year, we give the food donations to the [Yamhill Community Action Partnership] and all the [monetary] donations are given to the Henderson House, a shelter for battered women and their families,” sophomore Julia Nguyen said.

“We choose to donate to YCAP because we like to have a strong presence in our community and give back to local foundations,” junior Lauren Sherrard said by email.

Nguyen and Sherrard are co-service chair member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.

The haunted house is an annual event. It is organized the final weekend of October, which generally coincides with family weekend.

“[It’s] nice because it gives us a chance show the families some of the ways Greek life gives back to our community,” Sherrard said in an email.

Phi Sigma Sigma organized its annual Rock-a-Thon fundraiser, which took place on both Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.

“In previous years we have raised money for the national kidney foundation, however this year our philanthropy has changed. We currently raise money for The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation,” sophomore Sara Scott said by email.

Scott is the special events committee chair for Phi Sigma Sigma.

The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation delegates its funds to benefit school and college readiness across the United States, Scott said.

The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation also supports the National Kidney Foundation and the Twin Ideals Fund, which was created in the wake of Sept.

11, 2001 to help disaster victims, according to the Phi Sigma Sigma Greek Life web page.

Booths were set up to accept donations on Third Street on Oct. 25 and 26 as well as outside of Maxwell Stadium for the football game on Oct. 26.

Alpha Phi held its annual student talent show, Star Search, on Oct. 25.

The event began at 8 p.m. in Ice Auditorium. The event was open for all students, whether part of Greek life or not, to show off their talent.

The cost of attendance was three dollars for one person or five dollars for two.

Proceeds from the event were donated to Cardiac Care.

Ryan Morgan / Senior reporter

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