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This year’s Mock Rock event sure to entertain; Kappa Delta anticipates a successful event  February 10th, 2012

Every year, nearly all Greek chapters at Oregon State University hold their own respective philanthropies, each aiming to raise money to help counter a major issue in today’s society.

Out of all the Greek houses on campus, the most successful to date has been the Kappa Delta sorority, with their well-known “Mock Rock” event. Last year, the house raised $31,947 toward prevention of child abuse, with this year’s goal aiming toward more than $35,000.

Mock Rock is a weeklong event that aims at participation from all members of the OSU Greek life chapters. There are different events, spread out throughout the week in the middle of the Memorial Union quad, with a point system to determine which Greek house can accumulate the most points; the house with the most points overall at the end of the week claims the win. Read the rest of this entry »

Fraternity members will run to Eugene for Civil War  November 22nd, 2011

[Daily Barometer] This year Beavers will pack up their tailgating gear and make the drive to Eugene for the Civil War game. However, a few Oregon State University supporters will be making the 44-mile trek from Corvallis to Eugene on foot. The Oregon Cure Relay was founded in 2009 by Bradley Barringerand the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta. The relay from the away stadium to the home stadium is a fundraising event for theLiveSTRONG foundation as well as a great way to support OSU on the biggest game day of the year.

“Not only do we show our support for the Beavers wearing orange and black, we also wear yellow LiveSTRONG shirts carrying the name of our sponsors who have donated resources to the run.  One-hundred percent of proceeds are directly donated to LiveSTRONGthrough their Grassroots Fundraising program,” said participant Justin Langley. Last year’s event raised nearly $4,000 in donations and the men of Phi Gamma Delta hope to double that number this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Greeks reveal mystery as innovative recruitment campaign  September 27th, 2011

[The Daily Barometer] Sept. 20, the Greek community came out in an energetic show of unity, the culminating event to the community’s multi-weeklong “G Campaign” to secretly promote the ideals of Greek Life without invoking negative stereotypes.

“The G Campaign is designed to show the Oregon State (University) community, and specifically incoming students, the great things that our Greek system does,” said Nick Hart, the Inter-Fraternity Council Vice-President of Recruitment Marketing, when describing the purpose and goals of the campaign. “More of a long-term goal of the G Campaign is to increase relations between the University and Greek Life, and how outsiders view our organization.”

In order to accomplish its desired goals, the G Campaign took on a multi-faceted approach to promoting Greek Life through a mixture of community outreach, collaboration with the university, event organizing and the ambiguous use of the letter “G.” Read the rest of this entry »

Staged explosion raises awareness in Greek community  September 26th, 2011

[The Daily Barometer] Sorority and fraternity members at Oregon State University gathered to witness a staged disaster Sept. 21, in order to promote fire safety and attentiveness.

Corvallis Fire Department Fire Prevention Officer, Jim Patton, gave a live example of a burning room to demonstrate not only how fast a fire can spread, but also how easily they start.

“The ultimate goal of this seminar is to increase awareness, and educate the importance of fire prevention measures,” Patton said. “The live burning gives quite a wake-up call.”

The two rooms, furnished by donated materials from Goodwill, were burned in a donated trailer. The left room was equipped with a proper sprinkler and fire alarm, while the right room had neither.

The smoke alarm activated after only a second, and 25 seconds later the alarm activated the sprinklers. In less than five minutes the right room became completely engulfed in flames and reached a temperature of 1,200 degrees⁰Farenheit. Read the rest of this entry »

Greek fire drill: Students get realistic lesson in fire safety  September 22nd, 2011

[Gazette-times] About 100 sorority and fraternity members from Oregon State University crawled through smoke, doused flames with fire extinguishers and learned what it feels like to wear more than 40 pounds of firefighting gear Wednesday during the sixth annual Greek Fire Academy.

Organized by the Corvallis Fire Department, the academy is designed to teach fire safety practices. The lecture portion of the academy was held at the LaSells Stewart Center; the fire demonstration was in Reser Stadium’s parking lot.

Representatives from OSU’s Greek houses and co-ops who attended the event walked away with a new understanding of the dangers of fire, and how to react in emergencies.

“We’ve probably got quite a bit of stuff to do,” said Kevin Dixon, 25, a resident of Antioch House, a Christian fraternity. “I need to make sure the sprinklers aren’t blocked by anything. I’d rather have my stuff wet than burned.” Read the rest of this entry »

Grad worked to give Greeks a good name  June 8th, 2011

[Corvallis Gazette-Times] Shortly after he participates in Oregon State University’s commencement on Saturday, Rakan Khaki will join a group of his cousins from England on a road trip to California. And later in the summer, Khaki will cross the Atlantic with the same cousins for a trip through Europe.

Besides a two-week trip to visit family in Jordan and England last March, these two trips will be one of the few vacations he’s had in the past four years.

Instead of relaxing, Khaki has spent his undergrad career serving as president of the fraternity Sigma Chi, holding two different positions on OSU’s Interfraternity Council, getting published for his research at Oregon Health & Science University’s trauma and critical care lab, volunteering with physically disabled children with OSU’s IMPACT program, starting his masters in public health degree early by taking graduate level classes, and working on three very different minors. Read the rest of this entry »