TMN sat down with the contestants for Truman’s chapter of Delta Zeta’s Big Man on Campus competition, which will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Baldwin Auditorium. This is the 17th year Delta Zeta has sponsored the event. TMN asked the contestants which philanthropy they will donate to if they win, why they chose that philanthropy and how Greek life has impacted their time at Truman. Tickets for the event are still available and will be sold on The Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today for $3 and at the door for $5.
Philanthropy: I will be donating to These Hands Don’t Hurt if I win.
Why: It is my fraternity’s national philanthropy.
Impact of Greek Life: Greek life has given me the opportunity to grow as a leader.
(Joe was unavailable to film a video with TMN)
Adam Antor, senior
Representing: Alpha Kappa Psi
Philanthropy: I will be donating to Push America if I win.
Why: [Push America] is very close to my heart.
Impact of Greek Life: [Through Greek life] I’ve made so many friends.
Connor Cotton, sophomore
Representing: Alpha Gamma Delta
Philanthropy: I will be donating to the Alpha Gamma Delta foundation which funds research for diabetes, a women’s leadership conference, and sisters in need.
Why: I chose this philanthropy because I’m representing Alpha Gamma Delta in this competition. As for my personal connectoin to it, I’m really good friends with a lot of AGDs and this foundation is near and dear to their hearts.
Travis Helton, junior
Representing: Sigma Tau Gamma
Philanthropy: I will be donating to Kirksville Dog Park if I win.
Why: I chose this because Sigma Tau Gamma and our advisor have committed to help the city of Kirksville establish the dog park.
Impact of Greek Life: Greek Life has brought me closer to people from all walks of life. It has also helped me academically while teaching me many valuable life lessons.
Duncan Holahan, junior
Representing: Sigma Kappa
Philanthropy: I will be donating to the Alzheimer’s Association if I win.
Why: The organization was chosen by Sigma Kappa as it is the group I’m representing. While I don’t have a personal connection, it is still extremely important to me.
Impact of Greek Life: [Through Greek life] I was able to meet a lot more people and get involved in the community in ways I might not have been able to otherwise.
Dustin Lanter, sophomore
Representing: Phi Kappa Tau
Philanthropy: I will be donating to the Serious Fun Camps if I win.
Why: [The Serious Fun Camps] is the national philanthropy of Phi Kappa Tau.
Impact of Greek Life: [Through Greek Life] I’ve met people who keep life from being boring in a place like Kirksville, which says a lot.
(Dustin was unavailable to film a video with TMN)
Grant Libra, senior
Representing: Beta Theta Pi
Philanthropy: I’m probably donating to Beta’s philanthropy, Adopt-A-Buddy, that provides lunch and dinner packs to hungry kids in Adair county through the food bank.
Why: It was just easy to pick Beta’s national philanthropy.
Impact of Greek Life: Greek life is awesome, and is the backbone of our campus. I wouldn’t be here without my fraternity. Honestly, I probably would have transferred after freshman year without it.
Andrew Mason, junior
Representing: Delta Chi
Philanthropy: I would be supporting Delta Chi’s national philanthropy, which is the Jimmy V. Foundation supporting cancer research.
Why: Delta Chi has been supporting Jimmy V. for years now and for good reason. Cancer can happen to anyone anytime and more often than not, everyone one of us knows at least knows someone that has, or has had cancer. Delta Chi has so far raised enough money for three grants including one for stem cell and metastasis research (2008), another for prostate cancer research (2010), and one for stem cell treatment options (2010). There have been several members in my family who have been diagnosed with cancer, so I believe that giving to a cause that helps research this terrible illness is very important to all of those it affects.
Impact of Greek Life: Being a part of Greek life definitely required me to step out of my comfort zone in many ways. While I had a good friend group in high school, I was reluctant to get close to the people at Truman at first. Then joining Greek life allowed me to develop those tight bonds I was looking for. I can say that I wouldn’t even be a part of Big Man on Campus if I hadn’t joined Delta Chi and became a part of the Greek community.
AJ McCutcheon, senior
Representing: Delta Sigma Pi
Philanthropy: I will be donating to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation if I win.
Why: It is the philanthropy of our chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, several of our members have passed away from Cystic Fibrosis.
Impact of Greek Life: While Delta Sigma Pi is not a social fraternity, brotherhood is a big aspect of the fraternity, and it has been really awesome to always have friends in your classes, and my brothers have become my best friends here at Truman.
Zach McPherson, senior
Representing: Lambda Chi Alpha
Philanthropy: I will be donating to the North American Food Drive if I win.
Why: [The North American Food Drive] is Lambda Chi’s national philanthropy.
Impact of Greek Life: In addition to being a lot of fun, being a part of Greek life has been a great opportunity to build communication and organizational skills that will help me greatly in the real world. Greek Life has also served as a great way to meet other people and have fun.
Chris Melvin, junior
Representing: Alpha Sigma Alpha
Philanthropy: I will be donating my portion to Puppy Love for Tally. Since I was selected to represent Alpha Sigma Alpha, I — of course — had them pick the philanthropy they wanted to donate to if I win. I am a big Humane Society advocate so I really feel strongly about this cause though.
Why: Granted, I had Leigh Doner (Alpha’s philanthropy chair) pick the cause. I have been helping out at the Humane Society the last few years though, and I am well aware that they are in major need of financial support. Winning the competition would be very beneficial to them, so I’ll do my best.
Impact of Greek Life: Greek Life has given me a close-knit group of guys who I can rely on as my main support system. It has also given me a great social life, valuable leadership practice, and a broader outlook in general.
Patrick Quinlan, junior
Representing: Pi Kappa Phi
Philanthropy: I will be donating to Push America if I win.
Why: [Push America] is my fraternity’s own philanthropy, and I’ve been working with it for the past 2 years.
Impact of Greek Life: [Through Greek life] I have met my best friends, and I’ve learned how to be a better leader.
Chris Solomon, senior
Representing: Sigma Sigma Sigma
Philanthropy: I will be donating to the Robbie Page memorial foundation if I win.
Why: I chose that philanthropy because I am representing the beautiful ladies of Sigma Sigma Sigma, and that is their philanthropy.
Impact of Greek Life: [Through Greek life] I’ve met and connected with people from so many different backgrounds.
Tyler Zimmer, junior
Representing: Phi Sigma Kappa
Philanthropy: I would be donating to Special Olympics Missouri if I win.
Why: Special Olympics is the national organization of Phi Sigma Kappa, and I was a buddy at Special Olympics and it was very fulfilling.
Impact of Greek Life: Being Greek has given my friends for life and an opportunity to grow as a person in ways unattainable through normal college life.