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A SLICE OF PI

AL PH A XI D E LTA

LEFT: SOME COACHES AT FUZZIE FOOTBALL READY TO WIN. ABOVE: TEAM PIKE WARMING UP.

Alpha Xi Delta choose children and football
Alpha Xi Delta holds a lifelong commitment to helping children in need. The national philanthropic focus is Alpha Xi Delta Chooses Children. The women’s service and philanthropic efforts all concentrate around fundraising for children and families in need in the local community or with effect on Alpha Xi Delta family and friends. Jacob Gurreri was five years old when he choked in the school lunchroom and went into a coma. While Jacob was at the Hershey Medical Center, the Gurreri family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House until he passed away just weeks after in 2005. Jacob and his family were close friends of Alpha Xi Delta sister Caitlin Reagan. In result of the loss, Caitlin and the Gurreri family worked to help all the children and families that are staying in
On Friday February 13th, Alpha Xi Delta held a rose sale to raise money for the Trimble Elementary School students of Athens, Ohio. The sale was held outside Baker University Student Center. Many students and professors were more than willing to purchase flowers because the proceeds were going to raise money for field trips for the local elementary students. Sophomore Anne Cummings of Alpha Xi Delta said, “ The roses were not only a perfect gift for a professor, but were also a gift for the elementary

the Ronald McDonald House with a toy drive during the holiday season. Jacob’s story inspired the chapter for their fall philanthropy “Fuzzie Football”. Twenty-two teams participated in this flag football event to raise a total of $6,500 for the Gurreri family’s annual toy drive this past season. -Grace Naugle
students as well, I was happy to see that my money was going to a good cause.” Another Alpha Xi Sister, Heather Taylor added, “ I am an education major, and I love seeing proceeds going to children in need, I cant wait to present the money we raised to these more than deserving students.” At the end of the sale Alpha Xi Delta raised $162.14. Alpha Xi Delta is continuing to raise more money for the Trimble Elementary Students throughout the rest of winter quarter to add to the money raised from the sale. -Jamie Fowler

A ROSE FOR YOUR VALENTINE

Freezin’ for a reason at the Polar Bear Plunge
Team Alpha Xi Delta takes the jump at Strouds Run for Phi Kappa Theta’s philanthropy
This past Saturday, Feb. 14, members of Ohio University and the Athens community roughed the cold to raise money for Special Olympics athletes from Ohio. This event, the Polar Bear Plunge, is one of the Special Olympics’ biggest fundraisers each year. The second annual Polar Bear Plunge at OU, held at Dow Lake at Strouds Run, was titled “Freezin’ for a Reason” and hosted by the fraternity Phi Kappa Theta and the OU Police Department. “Freezin’ for a Reason” was the first of eight Polar Bear Plunges in Ohio. The event is structured like a walk-athon, where teams raise money prior to the event in order to have one or more members “plunge” into the water. Participants at OU needed to raise a minimum of $50 to plunge. Teams met at Strouds Run at 1 p.m. and plunged at 1:50 p.m. “Our team raised $180, which gave us three girls the opportunity to plunge into the water and 'freeze for a reason,'" participant Laura Connor said. "Even though it was really, really cold, it was a lot of fun and we all felt great knowing we raised money for such a great cause." The event also featured a costume contest. Participants wore costumes ranging from the Ninja Turtles to Cupid to a hillbilly. Along with the funniest costume, prizes were awarded to the top fundraiser and top fundraising team. “The whole event was very fun. For next year, we talked about making it a race between classes within our sorority to try to raise more money so we could have more girls jump in the water. It’s all for such a great cause and was a great, fun way to get a lot of people in the community involved,” Caitlin Reagan, team captain for Alpha Xi Delta, said. -Molly Essell
LEFT: SUPPORTERS COME TO CHEER ON OUR TEAM. RIGHT: THE CROWD RUNS INTO THE LAKE AT STROUDS RUN.

JU ST T HE FAC T S

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“IT WAS GREAT KNOWING WE RAISED MONEY FOR SUCH A GREAT CAUSE”

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Sister Spotlight of the quarter
Sophomore Rachel Robbins has been a member of Alpha Xi Delta since winter 2008. Rachel is a role model for many. Her enthusiasm and positive personality makes her stand out against the rest. Her willingness to take a role in the skit for recruitment shows her dedication to the sorority. She continues to be active in the membership council and on campus. Anyone would be proud to call Rachel their sister. -Anne Cummings

R ACH E L RO BBI NS
YEAR/MAJOR: SOPH. MARKETING HOMETOWN: CINCINNATI FAVE FUZZIE MOMENT: FUZZIE FOOTBALL FAVE SISTERHOOD: DESPERATE HOUSEWIFE SISTERHOOD FAVE QUOTE: “LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE”

T R E AT S FO R YO U R S WE E T S DAT E PART Y

On Friday February 13th, Alpha Xi Delta held a semi formal date party at the Alpha Xi Delta house. Each of the classes donated different items to hold this delightfully decorated party. Some of the sisters arrived early at the house to help embellish our house with a sweet heart theme. Upon arrival to the party one would walk through an archway enriched with ribbons, lights, and taffeta. The house was romantically lit with candles and couples tables to set the festive mood. The girls bought and baked adorable sweets such as brownies, cupcakes and cookies, which their actual sweets for the night truly enjoyed! All who came were dressed to impress in pretty dresses, button downs and slacks. The atmosphere was filled with festivity with lighthearted conversation and the

THE WOMEN SOCIALIZE WITH THEIR DATES AROUND DESSERTS.

joining of friends. All feedback from the evening was positive. Amanda Rae Harrell, a fellow Alpha Xi Delta, said “The house was intimately decorated and my date, Jake Mosher, and I really enjoyed the event. I hope all the people outside of Alpha Xi Delta got to know us better and cannot wait to have socials with us in the future.” Dan Gardner of Pi Kappa Phi said, “I have been to a few

events with the Fuzzies; they are all a bunch of really great girls and the food that night was great. I look forward to the next event with them.” At 8:30 p.m. the event unfortunately had ended, but everyone left with their tummies filled with sweets and their hearts filled with love for Alpha Xi Delta.

-Amanda Zagorski

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