Greekapalooza: Party for a Cause

OU Greeks come together to support The DRCC

Oglethorpe University’s chapter of Chi Phi fraternity raised more than $600 to benefit the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center at their annual charity event, Greekapalooza, on Friday, September 14.

Donations increased almost 100% over last year’s event, in part because Chi Phi offered a free benefit show played by local musicians, the Critty Upchurch Band, who played covers of popular songs at the Greek Row block party.

Edmund Smith, a sophomore brother of Chi Phi, says that donating to support the cause is important, but the bigger goal was to raise awareness for the DRCC. “Though we hope OU students never need it, we want people to know that there is a place they can go for help.”

OU Greeks watch the Critty Upchurch Band at Greekapalooza.

Not only did Greekapalooza raise money to help the victims of rape and sexual violence, it was also the first event of OU’s Fall 2012 Greek Recruitment/Rush. All of the Greek organizations at Oglethorpe attended to show support and to meet potential pledges.

“Greekapalooza is basically a great way for OU’s Greek organizations to come together, fraternize, and unite behind a great cause,” said Chelsea Reed ’13.  “It is the perfect kickoff for recruitment because it shows that Oglethorpe Greeks value community and philanthropy—both on campus and beyond.”

Photos by Robert Findley.

“Twelfth Night” at Oglethorpe

The OU Playmakers’ performed the classic Shakespeare comedy, Twelfth Night in April of 2010. This Shakespearean comedy made many laugh, cry, and laugh until they cried.

Set in Illyria, the play uses mistaken identity as the source of its humor. Viola, the lead character, finds herself in a sticky situation after she shipwrecks on the shores of Illyria. She masquerades as Cesario and becomes a servant to Duke Orsino, who is in love with Lady Olivia. When Orsino sends Cesario to tell Olivia of his love for her, however, Lady Olivia falls in love with Cesario, believing he is a man. Meanwhile, Cesario begins to fall for Orsino, creating a classic love triangle. The story becomes even more complicated when Viola’s brother, Sebastian–whom she believes is dead–shows up and woos Olivia. The comical subplot of the play adds even more twists to this web of romantic adventure, intensifying this clever comedy.

The play was directed by Allen O’Reilly with Georgia Shakespeare, the professional theater-in-residence at Oglethorpe University.

Twelfth Night ran April 8-10 in the Conant Performing Arts Center, and was the last play of the 2010 season.

Send the elevator back down

“I believe that if you’ve been successful in what you wanted to do in your life, then it’s your obligation to spend a good portion of your time sending the elevator back down,” actor Kevin Spacey has said. “I’ve tried today to tell you how much my experience has been shaped by those who came before me – what drives me now and motivates me today, and what will continue to inspire those that follow. The truth is…all of us can send the elevator back down because it doesn’t matter what floor you’re on – in life – there’s always someone just below – just waiting for the chance to be invited in.”   (Watch video here).

Lupton bell tower stairs looking down

Oglethorpe University doesn’t have many elevators on its campus; we have bookoos of staircases. You’ll constantly see faculty and staff members huffing and puffing their way up the stairs in Hearst and Lupton Halls. The students don’t seem to have as much of a problem with the never-ending stairs. 

What’s the point of this post, you ask? Well, the Alumni Office encourages alumni – once they’ve climbed the corporate ladder (or gone up the elevator…) and are the ones doing the hiring – to think of OU students and recent grads. Send the down elevator to pick up some Petrels so they can start their own careers…and one day they’ll be able to send the elevator back down.

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