This weekend I helped establish and run the first Alpha Sigma Phi pancake sale we have ever had. Taking the idea from Res Life (Residence Life) and their pancake sale last semester, we thought that it might be a good way to make some money as well as get our name out in terms of recruitment. My brother Logan, recruitment chair, and I teamed up to get the ball rolling and through the support of the rest of the fraternity, we were somewhat successful.
The sale was saturday night. I had spent a good portion of time Friday and Saturday during the day making flyers with tear-off numbers that residents of Rouzer, McDaniel, ANW, and DMC (we focused on these residence halls since we figured these building would be most likely to have guys that would want to go Greek and still have time to pledge) could take with them in the event that they had nowhere to write the number down when they saw the flyer, which is usually the case. Students could call in to the number, place an order (two pancakes for $1 = an order), and we would make the pancakes fresh and deliver them to their dorms.
The night started off really strong. We were getting calls right at 10pm when it started, but these were mostly close friends who we had personally demanded call in to the event. We passed the time playing catch phrase, watching family guy, and in general just having a great time. After about 2 hours, we had given up hope, then around midnight the calls starting flowing in one right after another as people were returning from their night’s activities and getting hungry.
All things said and done, we made about $28 over what we spent on the mix and the plates. Not a huge profit but we succeeded in getting the name of our fraternity out around campus and in some great brotherhood bonding among the guys who were there which is sometimes undervalued. Hopefully we’ll make our pancake sale a more regular thing and it will grow in popularity but for now it’s a great memory!
This week, we had a fundraiser for the 10th Anniversary of The Vagina Monologues. The show is done as a fundraiser itself, since all of the profits are donated: 10% goes to V-Day, 45% goes to Rape Crisis Intervention Services of Carroll County, and 45% goes to Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland. As the co-director of this year’s production, it is my responsibility, along with my co-director, Whitney, to come up with fundraising ideas that will help us fund the cost of the show. We decided that in addition to doing the traditional raffle that is done every year, we would do a “Pie in the Face” fundraiser. We gathered six administrators on campus that would be willing to get pied in the face. We asked students, faculty, and staff to donate to whoever they would like to see get pied in the face. The person who raises the most amount of money will get a pie in the face, and the person who raises the second most amount of money will get a cupcake in the face. We will be pieing the winners in the face on Tuesday!
As we were sitting outside Glar (the dining hall) asking people for donations, people were laughing like crazy. Some people also responded with “That’s mean…” but once we reassured them that it was for charity and that everyone agreed, they donated! Between the raffle and the money we collected for the pieing in the face, we raised enough money to cover some of the t-shirt costs for the show! Whitney and I were very proud of our fundraiser and the amount of money we raised! Not only did we raise money, it got the word out about Vagina Monologues, which was really our main goal. We’re so excited to put on this show in February and make all of the past directors proud!
One of my favorite fundraisers on campus is The Vagina Monologues. Every year a group of women perform these monologues as a fundraiser for Rape Crisis Intervention Services and the V-Day Organization and Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland. As a Freshman, I had no idea what this was. My best friend, who is a year older than me, pulled me into one of the interested meetings and told me I would be a great addition to the cast. Well, being a theatre person, I heard the words, “cast” and “show” and I was hooked. However, the idea of talking about vaginas and women’s issues kind of freaked me out. Once I heard why people participate in The Vagina Monologues I decided to face my fears and stick to it for the cause. The monologues are performed every year to raise money for victims of abuse towards women and rape. The issue, while very difficult to talk about is something that struck my interest because I had never heard of people supporting something that needed so much attention. I loved the idea of raising awareness for this issue and doing something about it. While it was a little embarrassing to have my mom in the audience while I talked about vaginas, I felt very good about what I was doing. Last year when auditions rolled around, I jumped at the chance right away. By the end of last Fall, I knew I wanted to do more so I offered to direct it the following year with my best friend.
That brings us to last week when I, along with the other co-director, sat down to listen to 30 girls say, “yes I want to support this cause” by reading from different parts of the script at auditions. It was an absolutely wonderful feeling to see girls of all different types come to support this cause. We saw quite a few familiar faces and a good number of new faces. At the end of the show each night, we have one person from the cast share their story of why they do The Vagina Monologues. Many of our cast members have a very personal connection to the cause because they either are very close to someone who has been a victim or has been a victim themselves of this sort of violence towards women. Eve Ensler, the author of The Vagina Monologues, is the main person behind the V-Day organization through which we receive each year’s script. Each year some monologues are switched out for others depending on what will be most effective for the audience.
This opportunity to participate in such a strong and worthy cause is something I would have never allowed myself to do if it weren’t for my friends that encouraged me to do it in the first place. If you would have told me two years ago that I would be directing it before leaving college, I would have laughed at you. The “liberal arts” idea that McDaniel has does not just mean in the classroom but also in the way the world is presented to you. In your years at McDaniel you are exposed to so many different cultures and ideas that you may not have the chance to experience at a bigger, more specialized school. I am so grateful for the opportunities the McDaniel community has given me both in and out of the classroom. I would never trade these experiences for anything and I am so happy that I get to keep exploring and learning new things for a few more years.