The sisters of Alpha Chi Omega presented their event, Alpha Chi Roke, on Tuesday March 13. The event’s title is a play on karaoke, the event involved all of the fraternities and sororities to take a popular song and change the lyrics to promote awareness of domestic abuse, as well as facts or statistics. Other requirements were including Alpha Chi Omega, the respective fraternity or sorority, and “love shouldn’t hurt”—the sorority’s slogan.
“[Panhellenic] support was a big goal,” said Rachel Francis, Bryan, OH sophomore who organized the event. “I feel like the Greek community is really great here at Albion and supportive of each other. A lot of fraternities and sororities came to support their own organization and this philanthropy.”
Tickets for the show sold for three dollars. They also sold purple charm bracelets and trucker hats to help raise awareness about the fight against domestic abuse.
“Since everyone had to write a song about it, [the event] forced everyone to think about the issue of domestic abuse and make them more aware about what the philanthropy is for—especially having to include the fact about domestic abuse in their songs,” Houghton sophomore Anna Wanhala said. “It’s something that a lot of people don’t think about unless they’re in that situation. So even aside from the fundraising portion, just raising awareness and letting people know what they can do if they’re victims of domestic abuse is really important.”
Others also approached the fun event with a focus on the importance on awareness. Playing for Delta Sigma Phi, Birmingham sophomore Chris Andersen led the group with a performance of “Out Loud” by Dispatch.
“Violence against women is something that I’ve seen happen to some of my friends, and it’s not something I like hearing about,” Andersen said. “Even if we did do something funny like everybody else did, that would have been just as fun [to perform], but I guess I wanted to put an overtone on the whole thing, remind us why we’re here.”
Scores were tallied at the end of the night with winners Kappa Alpha Theta with their performance of “Survivor” and Sigma Nu with “Ice, Ice Baby.” Traverse City junior Alex Fancy won Mr. Briton with Wanhala as Ms. Briton. Totals for the event were near the goal of $1,000.