By: Kayla Smith
Nicola Lore, a junior in Alpha Delta Pi, is the sorority’s Philanthropy chair and put on the whole event with her co-head, Alex Coltman. According to Lore, the goal this year was to raise $1,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charity through the fraternity’s participation during different events. On Friday, members of each participating fraternity attended a fundraiser at Beach Hut Deli, which gave 20% off all profits to the Ronald McDonald Charity. Saturday afternoon was Olympic Day, which included field events and obstacle courses.
A competition to see who could collect the most poptabs was also part of the challenge, in which Pi Kappa Alpha won. On Sunday morning, the ladies of Alpha Delta Pi hosted a brunch at their house for all the fraternity men to fuel up on before the talent competition later in the day. Generous donations by Brooklyn Bagels and Safeway made the event a success as everyone dined outside in the sun.
At 2:00 pm on Sunday, the El Rey Theater drew a large crowd in support of the talent competition. Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Sigma Phi, Sigma Chi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, and Pi Kappa Alpha each did a four-minute dance routine or skit that was judged by a panel consisting of a member of each sorority on campus. The performances were put together by a team made up of women from Alpha Delta Pi and the fraternity members. Kappa Sigma took first place in the talent show. Overall winner gets a social with Alpha Delta Pi and a trophy. Second and third place win a spaghetti feed and an ice cream social.
Garrett Beyers, a sophomore from Kappa Sigma, performed in the winning routine and was excited about his team’s success.
“Talent show was a blast,” He said. “We practiced pretty much every day this whole week and it really paid off. I had a great time doing it.”
In the end, all the points were tallied for the weekend’s events and Pi Kappa Alpha took first place in the second annual Diamonds Are Forever Days. All of the participating fraternities did an amazing job and provided a great deal of enthusiasm and effort in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
By: Kayla Chance
Alpha Phi’s King of Hearts works to raise money for The Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports women’s heart health.
“The pageant is fun, entertaining and it’s all for a great cause,” said Alisha Zajac, a member of Alpha Phi.
One competitor from each fraternity participated in the pageant in hopes of being crowned Mr. Alpha Phi. The categories of the pageant were casual, formal wear, swimwear, talent, and question and answer.
The pageant started off with an opening dance done by the participants followed by casual and formal wear.
Next, the gentlemen showcased their unique abilities during the talent portion. Talents ranged from guitar playing and singing by Jake Bennett from Pi Kappa Alpha to acrobatics performed by Jack Lincoln from Phi Delta Theta.
The audience was filled with members from other sororities and fraternities, there to support their fellow Greeks.
At the end of the night, Austin Cooper, from Sigma Chi, won the title of Mr. Alpha Phi and Theta Chi won the entire King ofHearts philanthropy event.
With the success of this year’s King of Hearts, Alpha Phi was able to raise money and awareness for cardiac care.
By: Aubrey Weber
Panhellenic held their annual Cinderella’s Closet event this past weekend.
Dresses had been collected throughout the year; donations mainly coming from girls in Chico State’s sororities. The items at this event are free to those who are unable to afford a prom dress on their
“At this event we provide not only prom dresses, but shoes and jewelry as well,” said Kailee Schroeder, vice president of philanthropy and community service for Panhellenic. “I know how memorable my prom experience was and I only hope that we are able to give those girls the same opportunities I had.”
With the help of the SCTA(Student California Teachers Association) Cinderella’s closet was advertised to the local area high schools bringing in nearly 100 girls to the event in the first hour. Along with volunteers from the SCTA, several members from each sorority’s chapters came to the event to assist in any way possible.
“I came to volunteer today because it is a great idea to help out those on this special
night [prom],” said Kirsten Spitzer, member of Sigma Kappa.
By the end of the event 80 dresses were taken home by girls who never thought that having a prom dress was possible. Panhellenic only hopes to repeat the success of this event in the years to come making dreams come true, one dress at a time.
By: Ariel Alvero
On April 1st, North Valley Community Foundation held an event in Chico at Lower Bidwell Park to support families dealing with the neural developmental difficulties that autistic individuals face.
The name of the nonprofit fund created by the North Valley Community Foundation is Yellow Door, which give all of their proceeds to residents of Chico facing this disability.
The event began at 8:30 a.m. and it was a $10 fee for all walking participants. The walk began at Sycamore field and proceeded through the park.
Special thanks to all of the Greeks who came together for this event and came out to support the children.
Alpha Phi’s most recent event was a sisterhood hike. The hike took place at Feather Falls on Friday, November 11th. The Feather Falls hike is located in Oroville, CA, making it about an hour-long drive from Chico. The hike consists of a nine-mile loop at an elevation of 2500 feet. We departed for Feather Falls at noon and returned to Chico around six in the evening. During the hike, we got to see two waterfalls, the first one was halfway up, and the second one was at the summit. When we reached the summit, we took a break to relax and eat sandwiches before venturing back down.
This sisterhood turned out to be a huge success. Over forty girls attended, making for a very fun time! It was a wonderful bonding experience for all of us. We got to carpool together for an hour drive to our destination and an hour drive back. We also got the experience of hiking to the top of the sixth highest waterfall in the United States together. We were motivating each other to keep going during the hike as it became challenging, which was a definite bonding experience.
Also, getting to sit at the summit of Feather Falls together, while eating our delicious Safeway sandwiches and discussing the hike that we had just accomplished before hiking back was a fulfilling experience for everyone. Since this was the first time we had this sisterhood, the only thing we might do differently in the future is to start the hike a little bit sooner so that it would be lighter outside towards the end. Ultimately, the Feather Falls hike was so successful and so much fun that we would like to have this sisterhood once a semester.
By: Alli Kuska
This past Saturday, November 12, 2011, the ladies of Alpha Gamma Delta all met at the big yellow sorority house in order to celebrate and honor alumnae and their sisters. The house was decorated for the celebration and many desserts were spread across the table in the kitchen along with bottles of apple cider for the wonderful occasion. The ladies were all looking beautiful dressed in cocktail attire and looking their best to see their older sisters that had graduated. It was a great afternoon filled with laughter, cheer, sisterhood, and of course delicious food.
Everyone was talking with one another and embracing the bonds of sisterhood that they all have. It was a wonderful time being surrounded by so many AGDs and sharing the love for our sorority we have worked so hard for and are so proud to be a part of. It was overall a wonderful time and everyone enjoyed themselves.
The dessert party took an unexpected but fun turn as we all poured out of the house and onto the porch and began taking pictures after pictures of everyone. Arranging about 100 girls on the steps of the yellow house was a little difficult but we managed. Fun, comical, pledge class, and position photos were taken one after another and the photo shoot became another great way to bond with everyone.
There is honestly nothing like spending a Saturday afternoon being goofy and having fun with all of your sisters. It was overall a heartwarming and fun day and just shows how we all are not just a sorority but one huge family at the Big Yellow House.
By: Amber Whiteside
Booked full hotel rooms and a spotless sorority house; It must be parents weekend.
Friday night the parents were invited over to the house to get a preview of the everyday life as an ADPi. Chocolate fountains and gourmet cupcakes were a hit while the parents socialized and toured the house. Saturday morning the families packed on their layers as they prepared to hike to Monkey Face Rock in Upper Bidwell Park.
The parents and their daughters arrived at Butte Creek Country Club that night in cocktail attire and enjoyed the evening dining, laughing and taking their pictures in a photo booth. The event also honored the seniors and congratulated the president who would soon be stepping down.
The raffle featured prizes donated by local downtown businesses and donations from the businesses of parents. One hundred percent of the proceeds went toward the Ronald McDonald House.
“The raffle was a great success this year,” Hayley Barrett said. “Even though I didn’t win, it was for a good cause.”
The money from raffle tickets alone at the event raised $971 for the Ronald McDonald House. Parents were also asked to bring donations for the Butte Humane Society upon arrival at the banquet.
“The event went really smooth and everyone seemed to have a great time,” Hilary Ingram said.
Parents were able to purchase shirts that also earned money for RMHC. The back of the mom shirts said, “Beautiful, educated, spirited. It runs in the family.” The dad shirts said, “Raising classy ADPis since 1851. Parents Weekend 2011.
The parents were thrilled to have such a fun-filled weekend with their daughters and everyone is already counting down for next year’s event.
By: Julia Anderson
This past weekend was one of celebration for the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. They were overjoyed to be celebrating 137 years of sisterhood as well as our 23 years here at Chico State. Gamma Phi Beta was lucky enough that these two very special anniversaries’ fell on their alumna weekend. Sisters got to celebrate with each other as well as our esteemed alum.
House tours were held Saturday November 12th for the alum to come and see how our house has changed through out the years. Scrapbooks were available for viewing as sisters reminisced and laughed.
A brunch was held Sunday November 13th at the Canyon Oak Country Club where the alumna shared their memories and experience as members of Gamma Phi Beta. It was a great weekend full of reminiscing, laughter, and sisterhood.
By: Gina Calabrese
This past Monday, November 7, was one of the most important days of the year at Chico State. Students came together from all different organizations, fraternities, and sororities to help get donations for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Monday was the infamous event, Up ’til Dawn.
The theme was “Game On!” so students showed up not only in letters and Chico State attire, but football jerseys too. Frisbees, pizza, drinks, shirts, and much more were given out to students who participated. The theme made it clear we were all there for a purpose– “Chico State vs. Childhood Cancer: Game On!”
Hundreds of students were addressing envelopes and filing out donation letters at tables with classmates, friends, brothers, and sisters. In between licking envelopes and getting to know our fellow CSUC students and Greeks, raffles were held and awesome prizes were given away. Prizes included an Aaron Rodgers autographed jersey, an iPad, and a semester’s tuition.
Balloons had Greek letters on them, distinguishing chapters from one another, and making the Greek system’s presence at the event impossible to ignore. As one student put it, “Wow, they’re everywhere!” referring to all of the surrounding Greeks present.
The Greek community is extremely involved in Up ’til Dawn and are driven by their passion for helping and giving back to the community. The group who had the most addressed letters last year was sorority Alpha Delta Pi. Alpha Delta Pi was especially recognized for their efforts and contribution on Monday night.
The Greeks’ enthusiasm didn’t go unnoticed and because of all their strong participation, this event was able to truly make a difference in St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the lives of those who need it most.