Greek Life Strives for A Better City

Alpha Chi Omega's philanthropic work includes raising awareness of domestic violence. (Photos by Maddison Bethel-Brown.)

Alpha Chi Omega's philanthropic work includes raising awareness of domestic violence. (Photos by Maddison Bethel-Brown.)

Across IUPUI’s campus, the Greek community is growing now more than ever. Each year, fraternities and sororities hold events and activities on campus to raise awareness about their philanthropy. Whether it be an intramural sporting event, a bake sale or simply reaching out to students in Taylor Courtyard, encouraging the IUPUI community to be aware of these causes and how to participate can touch the hearts of many.

Alpha Chi Omega, a newly founded sorority at IUPUI, held one of their new philanthropy events called Volley Against Violence Oct. 6 at 4:30 p.m., a volleyball tournament to raise money for domestic violence awareness. Alpha Chi’s Vice President of Philanthropy Emma Ewers, leads the planning and execution of Alpha Chi Omega philanthropy events and domestic violence education events at IUPUI. For this event, t-shirts were sold,  players could create a bracket, money was donated, pizza and cookies were there to eat, and domestic violence educational materials and handouts were provided.

Alpha Chi raised $1,251.16, $100 of which will go to the gentlemen of Phi Delta Theta’s philanthropy who won the fraternity side of the tournament. Alpha Chi themselves won the sorority side of the tournament. “I am passionate about this event because it helps start conversations about domestic violence awareness on our campus and provides our Greek community the opportunity to learn and raise money for a great cause, “ said Ewers. All of the proceeds went to an organization called the Coburn Place, a shelter for victims fleeing domestic violence.

Alpha Chi Omega's event, "Volley Against Violence."

Alpha Chi Omega's event, "Volley Against Violence."

“Playing in Volley Against Violence was a great time. All the different fraternities  and sororities got together for a great cause, “ said a member of Phi Gamma Delta, Shiv Patel.

Volley Against Violence does not even begin to touch the surface of all the events  held on this campus. For example, Zeta Tau Alpha’s Tackle the Cure, Delta Sig’s  Queen of the Nile, Fiji’s Laughter is the Best Medicine in December,  and another upcoming event Delta Zeta’s Lip Sync Battle.

Thursday Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m., Delta Zeta’s sorority is encouraging teams of IUPUI students Greek and non Greek, to perform a song/choreography of choice by lip syncing. It will be held in the Campus Center Theatre with admission being $5 a person. Delta Zeta’s philanthropy is Speech and Hearing, therefore, their national partner is Starkey Hearing Foundation, which provides hearing  aids to people around the world.

All of the money raised from the lip sync battle will go to Starkey. VP of Philanthropy for Delta Zeta, Lizzy Rager said, “ Speech and hearing is something I think is taken for granted. It is hard to imagine not being able to communicate effectively with the people around you, and I love that Starkey provides opportunities to change someone’s life.”

If any students are interested in supporting this cause, get involved and support their cause.  

Editor’s Note: Reporter Abby Lewis is a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority at IUPUI.