Sororities compete in War of the Roses for charity

Student Activities Center Director Tim Miller got a good cleaning Friday.

Students plunged Miller, also the interim director of Greek-letter-life, into a dunk tank during a charity event in Kogan Plaza hosted by the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

Miller said when members of Pi Kappa Phi asked him to take the watery plunge, he told them “What the heck.” The money raised will be sent to Push America, an organization that serves people with disabilities.

“It’s a good cause and I’m happy to help out,” Miller said.

Throughout the week, GW’s 10 sororities competed in Pi Kappa Phi’s War of the Roses, hosting Penny Wars and a skit night. Roberto Borgert, Pi Kappa Phi’s public relations chair, said the event raised $9,500 total.

Two summers ago, Pi Kappa Phi member Richard Alexander participated in Journey of Hope, a cross-country bike ride that is part of Push America. He, along with two of his fraternity members, biked from San Francisco to D.C. to raise money for those affected by disabilities.

“I got to see where the money is going to,” Alexander said. “I know how important it is to spread awareness.”

Pi Kappa Phi Vice Archon Yan Slavinskiy worked with Push America on a national level last summer when he was part of a six-week program called “Build America,” during which Pi Kappa Phi brothers did construction on summer camps to make them more accessible to children with disabilities.

Doug Remley, a sophomore and co-coordinator of War of the Roses said the dunk tank event is his favorite of the week.

“It gives us the opportunity to raise money and awareness. We’re able to talk to a lot of people in the community,” Remley said. “It’s a beautiful day today. It couldn’t have turned out better.”

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