GREEK BEAT: 4-9-09

by Staff

Greeks visit Tijuana orphanage
Latino and Latina Greeks gave back to the children of Casa Hogar Sion, an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico.

Earlier this school year, Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority and Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity raised funds to buy supplies for the orphanage. The two organizations teamed up again to visit the children.

During their visit, sorority and fraternity members donated a number of items including toiletries, sanitary napkins, toys, clothing, undergarments and baby formula.

In addition to spending time with the children and bringing items, the two organizations painted and repaired a nursery room.

Alpha Pi Sigma Vice President and Public Relations Chair Lizeth Romo said the sorority visits a Tijuana orphanage every fall semester as part of the group’s philanthropy.

“The reason we do it is because we strongly value one of our sorority purposes, which is to encourage cultural awareness through volunteer work in the Latino community,” Romo, a criminal justice senior, said.

A is for Art auction
For the second consecutive year, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity will volunteer at the A is for Art auction.

The SDSU Children’s Center will auction off more than 20 paintings by children ages 8 months to 5 years old.

More than $3,000 was raised at the auction last year and all proceeds helped with programming for the children.

The event will take place this Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at KPBS, Copley Telecommunications Center.

Alpha Week 2009
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will host several different events next week.

Alpha Week 2009 will kick off with a fundraiser at Woodstock’s Pizza from 6 to 8 p.m. next Monday. Alpha Phi Alpha Secretary and Community Service Chair Jonathan Cunha said money raised will help the group put on programs, buy uniforms for step shows and add to their scholarship fund. Be on the lookout for fliers around campus as you’ll need to bring one to the pizza place, located at 6145 El Cajon Blvd.

On Tuesday, there will be a discussion on money and the current economy called, “Progression during a Recession.” The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Cross-Cultural Center. Fraternity members will be tabling on both San Diego State and UCSD’s campuses on Wednesday, and on Thursday there will be a study night in the library’s Media Center at 8:30 p.m.

On Friday, Alpha Phi Alpha will have a bowling party and provide free refreshments at the Aztec Center at 8:30 p.m.

The weeklong events will wrap up with community service on Saturday. Alpha Phi Alpha members will clean up Mission Beach and everyone is welcome to help out. They will meet at the open lot by Parking Structure 4 and leave at 7:30 a.m.

“I would highly encourage everyone to come out to the two social events (the fundraiser and bowling party) for sure, but I’m excited about the whole week,” Cunha said.

8212;Compiled by Senior Staff Writer Kristina Blake