Greek life gets busy

Greek life is going musical, dodging dodgeballs and sleeping outside for a good cause. Fraternities and sororities Kappa Alpha Theta, Alpha Chi Omega, Pi Kappa Alpha and Kappa Sigma are hosting their philanthropy events to benefit domestic violence victims, abused and neglected children and veterans. Fraternities and sororities hosts philanthropy events to support a particular foundation or group. Kappa Alpha Theta is hosting their first annual philanthropy event, Rock the CASA, to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program and the Theta Foundation, according to the CASA and Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation websites. Rock the CASA is a cabaret night held on March 18, Theta Sister Cassie Jenis said. CASA supports abused and neglected children and the Theta Foundation grants scholarships to deserving members of the sorority, the websites stated. “This year, as we are just starting up, our expectations for the event are uncertain,” Jenis said. “However, I hope it will set a good foundation for the future of the event here on campus.” Alpha Chi Omega and Pi Kappa Alpha are collaborating to host Dodging for Domestic Violence, said Eve Gural, philanthropy chair of Alpha Chi. “Our philanthropy is supporting victims of domestic violence,” Gural said. Dodging for Domestic Violence is a charity dodgeball tournament hosted in the Patrick Gym on April 9, she said. “Anyone can play and all the proceeds go to victims of domestic violence,” Gural said. With this year’s event, Gural said she hopes to raise money for Women Helping Battered Women, a local Burlington organization. “[I hope to] get as many people as possible involved in our philanthropy and have a friendly competition that will result in building supportive relationships between members of the UVM community,” she said. Kappa Sigma is hosting their third annual Sleepout for the Soldiers, which is a 24-hour sleepout March 18-19, Kappa Sigma President Kyle DeVivo said. The event proceeds are being split to benefit the Kappa Military Heroes Fund and the Fisher House in Connecticut, DeVivo said. The Fisher house supports families of soldiers who were wounded in combat by building homes for them near veteran hospitals, he said. It is the fraternity’s biggest event and in the past two years they have raised around $4,000, Devivo said. Their goal for this year was to raise $10,000, he said. With hopes that this year topped past years’, many state politicians were invited to attend and prizes like Yankees and Red Sox tickets were raffled off, DeVivo said.