Thursday, October 30, 2014

Alpha Chi Omega's Domestic Violence Awareness Week

Over the past week and a half Alpha Chi Omega has been working hard to raise awareness of the evils of domestic violence, as well as funds for the Domestic Violence Intervention Center in Opelika. 

On October 21st they held their second Tim Tyler Tuesday, where they had local artist Tim Tyler play at Sky Bar Cafe, and sold tickets for just $5. As usual everyone loved his amazing piano playing skills all the while supporting a great cause!
On October 23rd and 24th Alpha Chi Omega joined forces with Alpha Kappa Alpha on the concourse for the Red Flag Campaign. According the the Red Flag Campaign's website, this campaign is designed to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses. The Alpha Chis and the AKA's want to encourage you to "say something" when you see "red flags" for dating violence in a friends relationship.
They ended their week of philanthropic efforts with their first ever Alpha Cheese! Alpha Cheese was a night where you could get all you can eat nachos for just $5!! You couldn't go wrong with this amazing deal for an amazing cause. All of the proceeds from this event were also donated to the Domestic Violence Intervention Center. 

Kappa Kappa Gamma's Kappa Kappaccino

October 23rd marked Kappa Kappa Gamma's Second Annual Kappa Kappaccino! The ladies a Kappa Kappa Gamma created a night where everyone could come enjoy unlimited desserts, coffee, apple cider, and hot chocolate. They also had live entertainment from one of their very own, Hannah Marsh and her brother David Marsh. 
It's safe to say we don't think anyone left hungry!
All of the proceeds from this event went towards the Opelika chapter of Reading Is Fundamental, as well as the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. Nationally Kappa Kappa Gamma's philanthropy is Reading Is Fundamental, but the Kappa chapter here at Auburn has a RIF Warehouse they work with directly. Not only do they raise funds for this great organization, but they also help them with anything else they may need. Whether it be boxing books or gaining volunteers for their annual 5K fundraiser. According to Reading Is Fundamental's website, "experts estimate that nearly 40 percent of U.S. 4th graders do not achieve basic levels of reading proficiency." The number is even higher amongst low-income families. Kappa Kappa Gamma does everything they can to decrease illiteracy, and help children receive books in order to further their education!

Sigma Kappa's Walk to End Alzheimers

On October 11th Sigma Kappa and the Alzheimer's Association hosted the Walk to End Alzheimers. The Walk was designed to raise funds for research and awareness of this awful disease. The event took place on the greenspace in front of the Student Center. Preceding the walk everyone could buy a flower in various colors each representing how Alzheimer's has effected them. An orange flower represented that you were supporting the cause, yellow meant that you are a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer's or are close to someone with Alzheimer's, and purple meant that you were supporting someone who lost their battle with Alzheimer's. They had an opening ceremony where everyone could hear from those who were effected by Alzheimer's in various ways. Being a part of this event it was shocking to see how many people are effected by this horrible disease.
Alzheimer's research and awareness is one of Sigma Kappa's 5 major philanthropic services. The Sigma Kappa chapter at Auburn is the first chapter in Alabama to partner with the Alzheimers Association in their Walk. They were all very excited to have the chance to work with them in the planning and executing of the Walk. Thanks Sigma Kappa for all of your hard work! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cabinet Spotlights of the Week

Meet the Director and Assistant Director of Miss Greek Week, Ferrell Marsh and Mi'a Callens! They are the ladies who brought you that amazing Miss Greek Week Pageant last week. Get to know them, and see what getting 18 girls pageant ready entails!

Ferrell is from Atlanta, Georgia, and is majoring in accounting. As the Director of Miss Greek Week she is responsible for getting 18 girls ready for an opening dance member, gameday wear competition, an evening wear competition, an involvement interview and also an onstage question. She also books the event space, advertisements and coordinates all the people involved! We asked her to fill out our Panny Quiz, and here's what she said:

Mi'a Callens is from Birmingham, Alabama, and is majoring in radio television and film. As the Assistant Director of Miss Greek Week she is responsible for creating the overall theme for the Miss Greek Week Pageant, designing the Miss Greek Week Program, choreographing the Miss Greek Week opening number, coordinating with sponsors, and any other tasks that Ferrell may need help with. Being the Assistant Director is a two year position, so next year she will serve as the Director of Miss Greek Week! We had her fill out our Panny Quiz, and here's what she said:

Chi Omega's Wish Week

On the week of October 6th, Chi Omega held their Wish Week. This year the week consisted of several benefit nights, and ended with a Bama Gamblers concert at the Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity House. They held benefit nights at Zoe's, 5 Guys, and Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint. A portion of the sales made from the benefit nights was donated to Make-A-Wish Alabama as well as the profit made from the concert ticket sales. 

Make-A-Wish foundation is an organization that works to grant wishes to children with life threatening diseases. It is something that allows the child, and their family, time together that is not dominated by their child's condition. Every wish granted is tailored to to the child's wants and abilities. Make-A-Wish is Chi Omega's national philanthropy, but the Alpha Beta chapter here at Auburn has a special connection to this organization. They have had several members of their sorority have wishes granted to them when they were younger. According to their PR Chairman, Margaret Bell, "hearing their stories makes us truly understand what this means not only to the child, but to their family as well." Last year a member of their chapter lost her battle with cancer. She had a wish granted as a child, and had battled cancer for a long time. Auburn Chi Omega was so grateful that Make-A-Wish was able to touch her family in that way. For Chi Omega not only is their philanthropy special to them because it helps children and families in need, but they are also honored to be contributing to a foundation that has helped some of their pledge sisters when they were in need years ago.

Gamma Phi Beta's G Phi Beat

     On Thursday, October 9th, Gamma Phi Beta held their Annual G Phi Beat. G Phi Beat is a lip-syncing and dance competition. The teams who competed were from various campus organizations, this year they had over 20 teams compete! The competition was judged by Miss Auburn Caroline Stephens, SGA President Logan Powell, IFC President William Whittelsey, and Panhellenic President Alexis Barranca. It was hilarious seeing so many boys attempt to channel their inner Beyonce as they performed for everyone! 

     The proceeds from this event benefitted Camp Fire and Girls on the Run. Gamma Phi Beta's passion is building strong girls for the future by working to build confidence and resiliency in young girls. Both Camp Fire and Girls on the Run work to do just that! Auburn's chapter of Gamma Phi Beta has a local Camp Fire site that they directly serve: Camp Fletcher in Birmingham, Alabama. Every semester not only do they donate money to this great organization, but they also volunteer at their campsite by cleaning, painting, and helping maintain the campgrounds. 
Scroll below to see some of our favorite photos from the performances!
Congratulations to Beta Theta Pi, Farmhouse, and Beta Upsilon Chi on placing in the competition!