by Nathaniel Houghton, IFC VP for University and Community Relations

The Tri- Council is gearing up for our end-of-semester service event: Day of Demeter. On May 1st, at least 300 Cornell Greeks will head into the community to help with diverse projects including gorge cleanups, fundraiser setups, and construction projects for numerous community agencies.

The keynote speaker at our kickoff event will be Dana Hork, founder and Executive Director of Change for Change.

The ceremony will also include a check presentation to Ithaca's Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services. We expect Greeks from every chapter to be involved and we look forward to making a huge difference.

by Marlene Van Es, Alpha Zeta President

Alpha Zeta will be hosting a half field 6 v 6 soccer tournament Sunday April 25th at Appel Fields starting at 11:00am with all proceeds going to benefit Mbaka Oromo Primary school in western Kenya. One of our members will be personally delivering the check to the Kenyan school this summer. 

The tournament will have a twist, however, as all games will be played with “Kenyan Style” soccer balls, which are plastic bags shaped into a ball and secured with twine.

To register a team go to our facebook event “Alpha Zeta Presents Kickin’ it for Kenya Soccer Tournament” and click on the link to the registration form.

Payment before April 25th is $30 per team and on the day of it is $35. 

Checks should be made payable to Alpha Zeta Fraternity and given to any AZ member or dropped off in the mailbox at 214 Thurston.

Hope to see you there!

by Dan Freshman, IFC VP for Communications

The Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity will be hosting its 11th-annual volleyball tournament on April 30 at its chapter house on 203 Highland Ave with the help of the Kappa Delta sorority. 

The tournament will run from 3:00 to 9:00pm, with teams of five entering.  The registration fee for the event will be $25 per team with a limit of 16 teams. 

Food and music will be provided. 

All proceeds will benefit Prevent Child Abuse America. 

Contact Alpha Gamma Rho President Ben Stamp if interested.

by Dan Freshman, IFC VP for Communications

The brothers of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity will partner with the sisters of the Delta Delta Delta sorority on May 8th to throw Cornell University’s first Watermelon Bash.  Taking place on Appel Fields from 4:00 to 7:00pm, the event will consist of intense team and individual competitions, all involving everyone’s favorite plus-sized fruit: watermelon.  Contests will include a greased watermelon relay, a watermelon toss, and of course, a watermelon eating contest. 

The Watermelon bash is an event that has been informally adopted by dozens of Lambda Chi Alpha chapters across the country for various causes and benefactors.  This May, proceeds from the event will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the national philanthropic partner of the Tri Delta sorority and the Global Youth Concept. 

Admission for the event will be $5 per person and teams will consist of 4-8 people.  Greek, non-Greek varsity sport and club teams are expected to attend. 

Those interested should contact Lambda Chi Alpha Philanthropy Chair Ben Figoten if interested in participating or donating.  Join the event Facebook group for more information.

The sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda will be selling pretty roses on Ho Plaza on Tuesday, April 27th.

Mixed colours are available and it's only $2/one, $10/half a dozen and $20/dozen to make someone happy.

Come outside and play in the gorgeous weather and support our local Advocacy Center!

Help move towards putting an end to domestic violence and sexual abuse, one stem at a time.

by Alexandra Hildreth, Panhellenic VP for Recruitment, Publicty & Extension

Greeks Movers and Shakers is program run on move in day to help new students and their families make a smooth transition into college life. 

Over 250 students volunteer each year to lug up pillows, frames and futons.  The energy and enthusiasm from the volunteers is truly a representation of how extraordinary Cornell Greeks are dedicated to giving back. 

Any new beginning can be full of mixed emotions and all of the volunteers are there to answer questions and make the experience one for the freshman to never forget.  Dressed in tee shits and armed with plenty of water the Greeks volunteer for over eight hours to help thousands of students move in.  This is also a huge help to the Orientation Steering Committee because the extra hands help them tremendously with the move in efforts.

If you are an active member who would like to be involved with this program please contact Alexandra Hildreth or Daniel Freshman.

by Claire Shapiro, Pi Beta Phi Panhellenic Delegate

On April 30th, Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Phi Epsilon will be hosting a casino night fundraiser from 5:00-9:00pm to raise money for the ongoing efforts to bring the T.A.K.E. self-defense program to campus in the Fall. T.A.K.E. is nationally associated with Sigma Phi Epsilon and Pi Beta Phi (as well as Alpha Delta Pi) as of 2007.

Named the "Most Innovative Program" in 2006 by the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association, T.AK.E. seeks to be the nation's premiere program providing hands-on skills and Internet/DVD-directed information for girls and women.

The program began in response to the murder of a 19-year-old girl, Alexandra Kemp, while she was working at a neighborhood pool in Kansas. More than 35,000 women have been trained with free hands-on-self-defense training across the United States since the inception of the program.

Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Phi Epsilon are very excited to raise enough money to bring such a large event to campus in the fall, so please save the date on the 30th for a night of games, prizes, and fun!

Also, if you would like to donate or have any questions, please email Jackie Carlson or Ashley Griffin.

by Lindsey Cohen, Alpha Epsilon Phi Philanthropy Chair

Looking for something to do on Friday, April 23rd before you go out? Start your weekend off the right way by watching your friends get completely embarrassed on stage as Alpha Epsilon Phi presents hypnoPHIed! 

HypnoPHIed will feature famous hypnotist Mr. Vincent and all the proceeds benefit the Elizaebeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. 

Many fraternities and sororities have already volunteered their members to participate in the show. HypnoPHIed starts at 8:00 PM in Kennedy Auditorium and tickets are available for $7 from any AEPhi sister and at our table on Ho Plaza all week. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

Contact Lindsey Cohen for details or to volunteer a member of your organization and receive discount ticket rates for your entire group. Hope to see you there!

by Arthie Jeyakumar, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority

On Saturday May 1st 2010, the sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta will be hosting members of the Cornell community at 519 Stewart Avenue, the chapter’s official house, for an outdoor barbecue with live musical performances and an exciting raffle.

The event will last from 4:00-7:00pm on the patio with three bands performing for this wonderful charity event. The three bands include One Trick Pony, AwesomeAWESOMES, and Weggalo Star.

The raffle will consist of baskets containing gift certificates to local businesses in the Ithaca area, especially restaurants in Collegetown. All proceeds raised will be donated to Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).  CASA is a nonprofit network supporting and promoting court appointed volunteer advocacy for the abused and neglected.

All the sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta are looking forward to a fantastic evening to benefit an extremely worthy cause. In fact, members of the Theta community have had relatives who have been CASA volunteers who make sure neglected children don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. 

As members of the Fraternity and Sorority community, we invite you especially to come enjoy great food, people, and music at our house.

See you there!

by Jessica Beidelman, Delta Delta Delta Sorority

Delta Delta Delta
is holding their annual Designer Accessory Sale on Saturday, April 24th from 2:00-5:00pm at Theta Delta Chi ("Thumpty") house located at 800 University Avenue.

They will be offering designer labels at 20-75% of their original price. The designer labels include: Botkier, Burberry, Chanel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Herve Chapelier, Jimmy Choo, Longchamp, Lori Bonn, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Tods, Tom Ford, Valentino, and YSL.

The Designer Accessory Sale is one of their main philanthropy events that they hold to enhance their national partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Founded by Danny Thomas in 1962, St. Jude embraces the dream that “no child should die in the dawn of life,” and advocates have worked tirelessly in order to advance that mission.

TriDelta is proud to work with such a trustworthy and noble organization. Through events like the Designer Accessory Sale, the chapter has raised over $25,000 dollars in the past year to support St. Jude.

We appreciate any support in our efforts!