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Greeks required to perform service hour projects

April 9, 1997

Shiela Cervone, an Apo, NY, sophomore donates blood during Alpha Phi Omega's blood drive Tuesday afternoon.

By Karen Taft

Lariat Reporter

Fraternity and sorority members are sometimes required to complete service requirements each semester. The hours vary from organization to organization, and some do not require service hours at all.

The service hours each Greek organization completes are turned into the Student Activities Office.

The Student Activities office would not release the organizations' reports. Liz Web, secretary for Student Activities, said she was not able to release the scores because her superiors are afraid it may turn into a contest among organizations.

The scores are also unreliable because not all of the Greek organizations turn them in as often as others.

Many of the Greek organizations require their members to complete a certain amount of hours each semester.

Emily Suttles, service chair for Chi Omega sorority and a Houston junior, said the members of Chi Omega are required to complete 10 hours of service in order to be eligible to attend a function. She said that 180 hours of service were completed last semester by the University chapter.

The local chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is competing for the fraternity's national volunteer service award. Matt Moore, an Austin junior and service chair for the group, said they have received the award in past years and they received second place last year. He said they have completed 1,005 volunteer hours, and he expects close to 1,500 hours before the semester is over.

'We've doubled the hours we had last year,' Moore said. 'It has brought the fraternity together, and it gave us a chance to get to know each other.'

Many of the organizations team up to do their service projects. Delta Delta Delta sorority and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity go out to the East Waco Projects and play with kids. Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity took children in the Big Brother and Big Sister program roller-skating last semester.

Bruce White, a Luling, La., junior and service chair for Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, said that the organization's Black and Gold Banquet is its largest service project. They use the money from that to give three female students scholarships of $250 each. Currently they are working on a scholarship that will go to a student at Waco High School.

Many organizations commit to volunteer projects on a weekly basis.

'We make dinner for people at Waco Family Abuse Center every week,' said Laura Martin, service chair for Kappa Delta and a Panama City, Fla, sophomore. 'There is an average of about 20 people there every week.'

A variety of recreational tournaments are organized by Greek organizations in which they donate the proceeds to a charity. Derek Padon, service chair for Kappa Sigma fraternity and a Lindale sophomore, said the fraternity recently held a skeet shoot to raise money for Kidsville, the new cancer wing in Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. Delta Tau Delta fraternity is hosting a basketball tournament that will donate the profits to Waco Boys Club.

Matt Moore, service chair for Phi Kappa Chi and a Richmond, Va., junior, said they give 10 percent of their budget to different organizations in the city. They also participated in a Mission Trip to El Paso during Spring Break.

'We did sports camps and worked with local churches,' Moore said. 'We spent a lot of time playing with the kids and getting to know them.'

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