By Linnea Cavallo (Whetstone Staff Writer)
Clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections.
Is usually diagnosed by age two, and the median survival age is 30 years old.
This is Cystic Fibrosis, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of the philanthropies that all of the Greeks at Wesley College are working to support.
Along with raising money to fight the disease, this semester, Greeks also will be doing a handful of other community service events.
In the beginning of February, Delta Phi Epsilon co-sponsored a carnation sale with Alpha Phi Delta for the Valentine holiday. The organizations set up a table set up in the College Center on Feb. 10, 13 and 14, selling these carnations to raise money.
“This is a fundraiser we are taking part in, in order to raise money for one of our philanthropies, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,” said Taylor Mushrush, president of Delta Phi Epsilon.
The Greek community also attended a seminar for a mentorship program through Capitol Mentors on Feb. 22.
“Once the process is complete, they will be paired with students within the public school system,” said graduate assistant for Greek affairs, Jenai Copeland. “We plan to make this a continuous community service initiative.”
On Mar. 12, Theta Phi Alpha is hosting a Dress Drive. The sorority will be collecting used dresses for those who are less fortunate.
Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity is having another car-smash fundraiser March 16. Students pay a fee and are allowed to smash a car with a sledgehammer. The event will be held in Cannon Circle. The money raised will go to Leukemia Lymphoma research and awareness.
On March 21 at 3:30 p.m., Delta Phi Epsilon and Theta Phi Alpha will present the film, “MissRepresentation,” in Cannon Hall 7. The film also is sponsored by the Student Government Association, Alpha Phi Omega and College Republicans.
“This is a thought provoking film, which challenges society’s view of women,” Copeland said.
The Italian fraternity, Alpha Phi Delta, is working with the Italian Club to conduct a seminar on Italian History on March 28 at 7 p.m. in Wells Theater.
The fraternity will also be working with the Italian Club on May 6 to help with a statewide Italian awards program for high school students.
“It’s the first high school award based off of merits in the study of Italian,” said adviser Mary Morrison.
The final event of the semester that the Greeks will be hosting is Greek Week.
This week is full of events April 10 through April 14. The theme this year is Walt Disney World.
“You can expect a magical activity to occur each day of the week,” Copeland said.
The WishFest carnival ends Greek Week.
Activities range from a pizza-making competition to human bowling.
It will be held in the Amphitheater on April 14, from 12-4 p.m.
The carnival is open to the entire Wesley community. All of the proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish-Foundation.