would normally be the perfect place to study or catch up with a friend, but not
last Tuesday night during the Pi Kappa Phi date auction. Every
chair was filled and empty space on the floor provided seating for girls eager
to bid on the 17 brothers of the fraternity up for auction. Bids ranged from
$100 to $1,130.
Clay Hubbard, a
sophomore undeclared major, was auctioned to Zeta Tau Alpha for $690.
“[Zeta] is going to be
sorely disappointed at the quality of the date. I’m certainly not worth that
much,” Hubbard said.
John Hunsicker and
Vaughn McCrary, both sophomore biology majors, were auctioned off to Zeta for
$1,130, the highest amount raised during one bidding war.
“It was like a buy one
get one free deal and I was the get one free,” McCrary said.
Overall, $6,160 was
raised during the date auction.
War of the Roses was
full of various events that served not only as opportunities to raise money but
also as a way for the different groups of Samford women to gain points in hopes
of winning the War of the Roses trophy. Points were awarded through a kickball
tournament, the date auction, a skit competition, T-shirt sales, banner
creation and participation in the penny wars.
“We try to keep to one
event a day and make events where everyone can participate,” said Nathan
Pearman, head of the War of the Roses production.
This year’s War of the
Roses presented a few changes and updates to the schedule. Last year the
sporting tournament was flag football, but kickball was the new sport this
year. Chi Omega won the tournament game
on Monday night against Phi Mu.
“It felt great [to win],
especially because a few of the new members played and I could see the
excitement on their faces as they knew they were a part of something cool for
Chi O as a whole,” said Kendall McPheeters, a sophomore biology major.
Wednesday night included
the empathy dinner highlighting United Cerebral Palsy of Greater
Birmingham, a private organization that provides programs for
disabled infants, children and adults. Those who participated in the dinner
were assigned a disability to experience during the evening.
The final event was the
awards ceremony in Ben Brown Plaza with live music and entertainment. During the
ceremony, The War of the Roses trophy was given to Zeta Tau Alpha. In its third year, Pi Kappa Phi raised more than $11,000 during the War of the Roses. Fifty percent of the funds will go to Pi
Kappa Phi’s philanthropy Push America,
a nonprofit organization that serves those with disabilities. Twenty percent
will be given to Zeta Tau Alpha’s philanthropy, Breast Cancer Education and
Awareness, and 20 percent to UCP Birmingham. The final 10 percent will go to
the American Cancer Association to promote Breast Cancer Awareness, a new
addition to the list of donations.
“It’s going to be cool
to see that we can actually make an impact as a small school and small
chapter,” Hunsicker said. “We can still make an impact for our philanthropy.”
This article originally appeared in The Samford Crimson.
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