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Acacia fraternity offers help after the storm  March 12th, 2012

Acacia fraternity members are heading to Indiana to provide aid to those affected by a series of tornadoes

Several members of Oregon State University’s Acacia fraternity won’t be taking a road trip toward a warm beach or a ski resort during spring break, but rather to southern Indiana. They plan to drive U-Haul trucks filled with donated items 2,330 miles to tornado-ravaged Henryville, Ind., and spend a week contributing labor to the town’s cleanup effort.

“Our motto is ‘human service.’ It’s ingrained in our minds to help out when something like this happens,” said Joel Zeni, a forest and civil engineering major and coordinator of Acacia’s donation drive.

Parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama and Georgia were ravaged by a series of tornadoes and strong storms March 2 and 3. Several rural towns, such as Henryville, were hit hardest. At least 41 people are confirmed dead due to the storms’ damage.

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Greeks coordinate rapper Too $hort concert to continue Fred Thompson’s legacy  March 8th, 2012

Shortly before the start of winter break, campus was crippled by a tragic death that struck the entire Oregon State University student body.

Fred Thompson, a freshman defensive tackle for OSU’s football team, collapsed at Dixon Recreation Center while playing a pickup game of basketball. Upon being rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital, he was pronounced dead. Theoccurance sparked campus-wide grieving and left many wondering how to continue his legacy.

Members of the Greek community bonded together to organize and plan a concert by rap artist Too $hort.

The fraternity Theta Chi, as well as sororities Alpha Phi, Alpha Chi Omega and Kappa Kappa Gamma are responsible for putting on the show.

With help from Cora Wilcots, Thompson’s mother, concert proceeds will go directly to his family to help to start the Fred Thompson Five-Star Youth Center in his hometown of Richmond, Calif.

Matt Makarowsky, head director of the concert said, “We’d like to give 100 percent of the proceeds from the benefit concert to the youth center. As of right now, 1,700 people say they are attending, which would turn out to be about an $11,000 profit to go straight to starting the foundation.”

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