Looking back over the last month, it’s easy to see a consistent theme, especially among the Greek houses on campus. The theme is, surprisingly, not partying or lounging after class, but rather giving back to the community.
In Greek life, philanthropy is a major goal for most houses and having been Sigma Chi’s current philanthropy chair, it has been a big focus of our house as well. All across campus, Greek life and the general student body has been in a giving mood this semester with countless philanthropy events and fundraisers.
Just looking at the array of Hanover’s social media lends a look into some of the charity students have been doing. So far this semester, we’ve seen a benefit concert put on by Phi Mu with HC’s own Elbow Room, a teeter-totter marathon put on by the Chi Omegas and even a new student organization put together by various students including Sig’s Jordan Hall with the help of Chaplain Laura Arico.
Most prominent this semester have been Lambda Chi Alpha’s annual wiffleball tournament and Sigma Chi’s annual Derby Days.
Starting the second week of Spring Term, Lambda kicked off wiffleball with a bang, literally. Fireworks accompanied the Star Spangled Banner as wiffleball got off to a great start. I was on a team called The Pretenders made up of the cast and crew of the Hanover College Theatre.
A 1-2 season was way better than we could have asked for, considering none of us are particularly athletic. Even though we lost, we had a great time playing and hanging out all semester. Even if you’re not on a team or have already lost the double-elimination competition, Wiffleball is a great way to hang out with people throughout the week and kick back between classes.
The first week of Spring Term however brought Sig’s main event, Derby Days. Lasting a week, Sigma Chi puts on various activities and competitions in which sororities compete. These included events like Catch-a-Sig where the sororities had to catch brothers doused in vegetable oil, a water balloon fight and a sing-off where sororities made up a song and performed it in front of the CFA.
We actually had a first with a three-way tie at the end of the week (including points for buying shirts) between Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega and Phi Mu. This past week, the three winning sororities were invited over for a cookout with the brothers. It’s all a lot of fun with proceeds going to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
Where other colleges would take advantage of this time to become focused on themselves, students at Hanover choose to give back in the plenty of downtime they have during this term. I think it really says something about the kinds of people Hanover brings in and the qualities the students and staff value.