For the past eight years, Outright Vermont has organized one of the most creative fundraising events possibly ever conceived -to further its mission to build safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth- the Fire Truck Pull. The event sets teams of 12 participants against one another to see who can pull a real fire truck 30 feet up Church Street the fastest. Before the actual event, the teams fundraise in hopes of qualifying to pull by reaching the $1,500 mark.
This year, 11 teams competed raising over $30,000- a new record for the event. Although the UVM Greek Community has always been given the opportunity to pull, this was the first year that we actually surpassed the $1,500 dollar minimum. But in Greek Life Fashion, not only did we pass our mark, we raised double the minimum and surpassed our own personal goal by $1,000. Through alumni donations, chapter donations, money raised from can drives and bake sales, we were able to raise over $3,000 and rank third in amount of money raised.
Although we’ve lost our title of fastest pull, we should be proud of our efforts as a community to come together and challenge the misconceptions of what it means to be part of the fraternity or sorority.
The brothers of Phi Mu Delta Nu Gamma would like to thank Kappa Sigma for organizing and hosting the candlelight vigil to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. The program and speakers were all very moving and the student presence only proved that while the attacks happened a decade ago, what occurred that day will forever stand out in our memories. The vigil acts as a reminder that we are far more than our individual activities might suggest. We are a community, and as a community we stand together during times of crisis.
Recently many local communities were effected by Hurricane Irene. Please consider following Kappa Sigma’s lead and helping in some way. Below are links that detail where help is most needed and allow for donations.
While many of our brothers attended the recruitment academy just across the lake in Plattsburgh, those who remained in town spent their morning volunteering at the annual LGBTQA Center Welcome Back “Family” BBQ hosted by UVM’s LGBTQA Center. It was a pleasure working with Dot Brauer, Nelson Sears, and John Mejia to create a welcoming and safe space for all students and we hope to work with the center again in the near future.
Founded in 1918 as the first national fraternity to accept men regardless of their race or religious affiliation, we take it upon us as stewards of a tradition much older than ourselves to extend these parameters to include those who identify as homosexual. We are proud of all of our brothers and of the UVM Greek Community as a whole for addressing issues such as these and continuously working on educating ourselves to create the most welcoming and encouraging brotherhood possible.
“I believe in that broad conception of democracy which seeks freedom of opportunity, and recognizes no color, race, creed, or position.” a quote from The Founder’s Creed
To learn more about The LGBTQA Center at UVM and their commitment to the University, please visit them online at LGBTQA Center@UVM