Archive for April, 2013

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On April 13th, UMass Lowell and the Greek Council held the 2nd annual Greek Olympics since greek life was reinstated on campus. The event saw the six fraternities and three sororities battling for first place in a number of events. These included the Obstacle Course Relay Race, Joust, Dodgeball, Tug-O-War, Pie Eating, and the grand finale Chariot Race.

The day started out with the Obstacle Course Relay Race, which entailed three members. Brothers Younker, Guy, and Keough were selected to compete in this event. The first member had to spin around a bat for ten seconds and then sprint to the second member and tag him in. Once tagged, the second member had to scale an inflated obstacle course, and slide down the back to tag in the third member. The third member, wearing swimming flippers, then had to make a dash for the finish line. Although we did not place in this event, all those involved had a great time, especially while watching Brother Younker stumbling towards a bush disoriented and trying to tag in Brother Guy.

The  next event was dodgeball, which was a six member team event. Brothers Younker, Liston, Descafano, Day, Cavanaugh, and Keough made up our team. Due to an unfortunate start in the game, DK was eliminated in the first round but that did not stop us from helping keep the event in order by running down stray balls and keeping them out of the road.

The Joust was the next event, where a single brother was tasked with head to head combat atop an inflated pillar, trying to dismount their opponent using a pugil stick. Brother Day was chosen to represent the fraternity in this event, and came in third place. He fought valiantly, with his final match coming down to the wire in a best of five set.

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In the Tug-O-War, Brothers Keough, Lahey, Tierney, McGeehan, Day, and Lotfi put up a strong fight against Sigma Phi Omicron, but ultimately were defeated while their opponent moved on to come in first place.

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In the pie eating competition, we finally found our stride, with Brother Lotfi taking first place and Brother Younker putting in a strong effort.

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To cap the event off in traditional fashion, each fraternity and sorority presented a chariot of their creation for a race and judging. Brothers Lahey, Day, and McGeehan ran the race, where two members had to pull the third who was riding the chariot, make a U-Turn, switch a pulling member with the riding member, and return to the starting line to compete for the best time. In typical fashion, DK won best chariot, but lost the race. The chariot judging was based on design, team spirit, and functionality. For winning best chariot, we were awarded a $100 gift card, which the active has since decided to use toward buying food items for the upcoming Relay For Life at UMass Lowell.

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All in all, although we did not leave with the trophy, it was an amazing time and excellent bonding activity, and the brotherhood would like to extend a thank you to both UMass Lowell and the Greek Council for setting up and running the event.

 

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Kappa Delta Phi Nationally Affiliated Sorority Kappa Upsilon Chapter recently held a community service at New England Pediatric Care in Billerica, MA on March 30th and kindly requested support from Delta Kappa Phi in conjunction. The event was held to aid the patients in decorating easter eggs to celebrate the holiday, as many of them would not be able to on their own. In addition to decorating eggs, the participants entertained the patients as well as each other with songs and other lighthearted merriment. The event was a great success, with  Brothers Neno, Keough, Aiken, Guy, and Descafano, in attendance. After the event, Brother Neno said that “I am a fan of the community service projects we accomplish as a fraternity. It is one way of giving back to show those who may otherwise see fraternities in a bad light what we are really about. It is an enriching and rewarding experience that I feel all should share in.”. The patients were more than thrilled to have the chance to celebrate and to see the support of a younger generation, and we hope to get another chance to return next year.