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Volume 1, Issue 2 Goat Night 2009 January 28, 2009 Goat Night this year was held during the week of October 19th. The frater- nities and sororities participated in many events during this week such as penny wars, banner competition, and of course Goat Night itself. The penny war raised over $3,400 for the American Red Cross. On Goat Night, which was the Wednesday of that week, the organizations participated in a taco eating competition, a slushie drinking competition and then the skit and dance competition. At the end of the night the scores were tallied and combined with the scores from the previous events and the rankings followed: Tied for 1st place: Gamma Phi Beta and Sigma Nu, 2nd place: Alpha Xi Delta, 3rd place: Sigma Alpha Epsilon. IGC would like to thank the judges for taking time out of their day to help out with making this annual event a success. The judges for this year were: Barry Birckhead, Dr. Griffiths, Dr. Stevens, Leslie McBride, and Jamal Murray. Greek and Special Interest PUBLICATION The Pillar Housing Groundbreaking On Saturday November 14, 2009, the Greek Community along with alumni, families, university administration and members from the Board of Regents broke ground on the new Greek and Special Interest Village. This day was very exciting because this project has been in discussion for a number of years. There will be 10 LIFE houses which will each house 12 people. Seven of the ten houses will be home to the following Greek Organizations: Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, Gamma Phi Beta, and Sigma Nu. Following the ceremony was a reception and photo opportunity with President Rossbacher. Prior GREEK to the event, Kasey Helton, Director of Auxiliary Services, had the schematic design of what each of the different houses would look like put onto a board for display. After the groundbreaking the organizations were allowed to take them for their own personal display. SPSU The Greek Community would like to thank the school for all the support that they have shown us during this exciting time. Also the Greek Community would also like to thank Regina Travis - Facilities Program Management / Director of Real Es- tate Ventures – Administration for the Board of Regents, President Lisa Rossbacher, AN Dean Barry Birckhead, Kasey Helton - Director of Auxiliary Services, Ron Lunk – Associate Director for Student Life, the Alumni, families, friends, and everyone who came out to show support on this joyous day. Inside this issue: Order of Omega 2 Homecoming NPHC Now Recognized HOMECOMING WEEK 2 3 Week And They’re Back!!! 3 February 22—27, Upcoming Events Reasons to NOT go GREEK! 4 4 2010 Order of Omega—Phi Phi Chapter On June 13th, seven Southern Polytechnic Greeks came together in an effort to improve Greek Life on SPSU’s campus. Under the coordinated efforts of Charlie Song these students started what is now known as the Phi Phi chapter of the Order of Omega. This new Greek organization is an honor society for Greeks that recognizes those men and women who have a high standard of leadership in the Inter-Greek community. Its purpose is to bring together those men and women in an effort to mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercol- legiate affairs, and to bring together members of the faculty, alumni, and student members of the institution's fraterni- ties and sororities on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and cooperation. These first seven men and women are: Charlie Song (Tau Kappa Epsilon), Chad Kerr (Pi Kappa Phi), Kira Melville (Gamma Phi Beta), Daren Higginbotham (Kappa Sigma), Jeremy Hill (Kappa Alpha Psi), Carrie Ann MacArthur (Alpha Xi Delta), and Tecara Ubakanma (Delta Sigma Theta). The Phi Phi Chapter initiated an additional seven mem- bers on November 22nd. This second class included: Ryan Clark (Sigma Nu), Whitney Ashley (Gamma Phi Beta), Erika Payne (Gamma Phi Beta), Heather Fellows (Gamma Phi Beta), Dana Pearson (Gamma Phi Beta), David Hampe (Pi Kappa Phi), and Wes Hogarth (Pi Kappa Phi) The officers for the Phi Phi Chapter are: Charlie Song, President Chad Kerr, Vice President Kira Melville, Treasurer Darren Higginbotham, Secretary Qualifications to join Order of Omega are that you must have above the all Greek GPA and have demonstrated lead- ership within the chapter. For more information or how to apply contact one of the members or Ron Lunk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-915-4101. NPHC now Recognized at SPSU The National Pan-Hellenic are specific to the said thrusts. Council of Southern Polytechnic The NPHC sets out to actively pro- State University was formed to serve gram and support existing pro- as the governing body for the histori- gramming that is currently occur- cally black fraternities and sororities ring on campus. The main point of that constitute the National Pan- the Council, in addition to govern- Hellenic organizations or Divine Nine ing, is to unite the member fraterni- that are currently active and those ties and sororities together in a that will become active on the SPSU common purpose, mission, and Campus. Those groups, currently, goal. One of the important goals is are Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., assisting the chapters in maintain- Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Phi ing chapter size and aid in the Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Zeta growth and development of the Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. chapter. The NPHC will bring a common message and single voice Each year the NPHC will to the forefront of campus by unify- revisit the programmatic thrusts that ing the small but growing Black they wish to address and will host Greek population at SPSU. speakers, events, and activities that Page 2 T H E P I L L AR “The Great Debate” - Homecoming 2010 Dear Student Organizations, Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Campus Activities Board asks you to SAVE THE DATE for HOMECOMING! This year Lunch Chalk Off Stroll Off Novelty Noise- Last Day Peprally Time Begins Giveaways maker for Homecoming is going to be bigger Low Country making Chalk Off and better than ever before! For Events Broil this tradition to continue, we Inflatables need student support and atten- dance. We ask your members and Evening Kick-Off: Mr. Heart- Softball SPSU Home- HOMECOM- Events Concert breaker Tournament Basketball coming ING friends to come celebrate with us and Competition Game Formal the week of February 22-27, 2010. SPSU Hor- Comedian Please add this event to your nets vs Au- calendars. burn Sena- Thanks and we hope to see you out! All Week Events Organization Chalk-off, Organization Participation Competition, Voting for Homecoming Campus Activities Board Court, and a whole lotta fun! AND THEY’RE BACK!!! Thanks to some dedicated alumni with a dream and a plan, Bathtub Races are coming back! Bathtub Racing is a tradition started in 1966 on visitation day for prospective stu- dents. For the first two years of the race it was human pow- ered and relatively tame. By the third year, motorized en- gines were used, and the race started gaining local and even national attention, eventually being featured on Cable News Networks (CNN) broadcasts. The tubs were showed as pre- game entertainment for Braves Games and became so popular that the Bathtub Racing Association was formed consisting of students, faculty and alumni. In 1972 a serious accident which resulted in a fatal- ity occurred, mostly due to the fact that the bathtubs could reach up to 70 to 80 mph, and almost brought the annual race to an end. After this incident, safety features were de- veloped and the races continued. In the beginning of the Top Picture: 1980’s the Bathtub Racing Association decided to add 2 “Gentlemen, races per academic year, one in the fall and one in the start your en- spring. But soon the Bathtub Races, a semi-professional gines.” The an- event, became increasingly expensive and people started to nual Bathtub not participate. In the academic year of 1991-1992 the Race is about to Bathtub Races held its last races. However, we have de- cided to bring back the Bathtub Races! being. The dedicated alumni with the initial plans are build- ing three identical tubs that will be raced in a soapbox style. Their will be one driver and 2 – 4 pushers that will get the tub moving, once at a certain point in the course, the tub will be Right Picture: released and coast to the finish line. Next year, groups will This picture be given the dimensions, safety requirements, and will be shows the encouraged to build their own tubs. The event will be held on course that the Saturday, March 27th at noon as the conclusion of Greek Bathtub Races Week. used to race on. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2 Page 3 Up-Coming Events! Greek Presidents Meeting—January 26th @6pm Ball In the House—January 28th @ 8pm in the Student Center Theatre Greek New Member Workshop—February 3rd @ 7pm AN SPSU GREEK LIFE PUBLICATION Open House—February 20th Southern Polytechnic State University Office of Student Life Homecoming—February 22-27 1100 South Marietta Parkway Marietta, Georgia 30008 SAFE Spring Break—March 3rd Ron Lunk Associate Director for Student Life Greek Convocation—March 3rd @ 8pm Phone: 678-915-4101 E-mail: email@example.com Spring Break—March 8-12 Greek Week—March 22-26 (See the article on page 3) “It’s all Greek to Me!” Bathtub Races—March 27 (See the article on page 3) Open House—April 17th SGA Awards Banquet—April 23rd Earth Day—April 24th Were on the web! LAST DAY OF CLASS! - April 29th www.spsu.edu/activities/ organizations.html Order of Omega Awards Banquet—April 30th Reasons to NOT go GREEK! When starting to read this article I bet I am worried my GPA will drop: I don't have the time: you were asking yourself why are they Both fraternities and sororities have pro- Greek Life is not a lot of work. Some putting an article in the Greek Newsletter grams designed to promote scholarship students get extremely involved in the telling people not to join a Greek frater- that match older members with newer Greek Councils and their chapter's lead- nity or sorority. Well it is not to tell you members to help tutor them. The Greek ership roles. This number of Greeks to not go Greek but to tell you the rea- Community also has a minimum GPA that constitutes an extremely small percent- sons people give for not going Greek and each new member must meet before they age of the total number members. Most a common answer that should help you can join, and must maintain after they are members go to the weekly meetings on making up your mind if the Greek life initiated. As a result, many Greek's GPA's and then the many fun brotherhood/ is for you or not. rise after joining a fraternity or sorority. sisterhood events. Going Greek is a fun and exciting thing to do. It is a chance I can barely afford college, much less I don't fit into the Greek stereotype I to spend fun time in college away from dues each semester: have seen in movies: class while still learning valuable life Again, this is a common misunderstand- DON'T SWEAT IT!!! There are many skills. ing. Each chapter has to pay a certain organizations that will fit each person dif- amount of insurance money each year to ferently!!!! Movies do not portray Greeks their National Headquarters. The rest of correctly. Very few fraternities and sorori- the money goes towards fun brother- ties are like the ones you see in "Animal hood/sisterhood events such as socials, House" or "American Pie." As we have a dinners, date nights, t-shirts, etc...in other lot of fun, we still are a very diverse group words, the money you pay in dues comes of people that come together to promote back to you through events that the fra- scholarship, leadership, community ser- ternities and sororities pay for. vice, and brotherhood/sisterhood.