Students doing good deeds: on-campus philanthropy


By Martina Glab

On Saturday, Oct. 19, members of the student body came together to pitch in and do a considerable amount of volunteer work on the John Calvin Toll Day of Service.

Students from many organizations on campus registered for the event, which featured local service in the areas of cleaning, yard work, children’s programs, preparing meals and much more.

Since its establishment by alumnus Al Hills ‘46 several years ago, this day of service is dedicated to connecting Union students with the values of responsibility as well as making a difference in people’s lives and in communities.

In light of the day-long service event, students have been taking the reins on their own philanthropy events, sponsored through multiple on-campus organizations and clubs.

Last week, the Gamma Zeta chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity organized and held their annual philanthropic event, Derby Days. From Monday to Friday, the brothers of Sigma Chi hosted a lineup of events, such as Karaoke at Clinton’s Ditch and Wing Night at the Union Inn.

All proceeds benefited the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The brothers hosted their “Sell-A-Sig” event in Reamer Pit and went bowling at Boulevard Bowl Thursday evening. On Friday, their first annual Derby Days talent show was held in Old Chapel.

On Wednesday of this week, the brothers of Theta Delta Chi and the sisters of Delta Delta Delta came together to sponsor their “Party in Pink” event to support breast cancer awareness.

Students came dressed in pink to the fraternity’s on-campus house with a five-dollar purchase of a breast cancer support bracelet. All proceeds went to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

On Wednesday, Ozone House organized a “Dinner for Engeye” event, which took place in Old Chapel. A non-profit organization, Engeye was founded in 2006 to help bolster education rights and healthcare in Uganda.

In a region where these utilities are severely limited, Ozone accepted donations of at least $10 and in turn served a great meal for everyone in attendance to support the organization.

From Monday-Thursday of this week, the sisters of Gamma Phi Beta are selling bracelets handmade by Kaila Amirault ‘15, a sister, to benefit Building Strong Girls in the Reamer Campus Center.

This evening, Safe Space will be hosting “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes,” a nationally organized event which will involve a march on campus.

The march is organized to protest against rape, sexual assault and gender violence. The idea is that in order to understand the crisis of the issues experienced by the individuals at hand, one must walk a mile in their shoes — specifically, in high-heeled shoes.

All men are invited to come and will be provided with shoes to take part in the walk and relay race. A great, interactive way to open up the discussion on these important issues, the event will begin at 4 p.m. outside Schaffer Library.

Also tonight, Sigma Delta Tau, Chi Psi and MEDLIFE are partnering up to sponsor a dinner for the Wawa-Wasi Daycare. With chicken parmesan and pasta on the menu, the dinner event aims to raise money for a low-cost, low-income daycare program in Peru.

Run by UNICEF, the program accepts donations to serve over 150,000 children nationwide whose parents don’t have the means to support basic needs. Tickets will be sold for $5 in Reamer and $7 at the door.

On Friday, Delta Kappa Epsilon, ARTS House and Amnesty International will be hosting “Jamnesty” at the fraternity house.

The event is an Open Mic Night that has been organized to support free speech and raise awareness against censorship in the global media. Come at 8 p.m. to enjoy some great entertainment as well as snacks and other refreshments.

Finally, on Saturday, the sisters of the Tau chapter of the Lambda Pi Chi sorority will sponsor “Fear Factor,” a Halloween costume party that has been organized to promote advancement in education, especially for the city of Schenectady.

With tickets starting at $5, the sisters will donate the funds to the Kenney Community Center, to provide for its Homework Help Club and Junior Science Program. Get your tickets in Reamer and enjoy a good time of fun and dress up!

Given the level of activity Union students take upon themselves, there is no doubt that there will be plenty of more wonderful philanthropic events this year that engage the campus in acts of service and generosity.


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