On Nov. 21, the Theta Nu chapter held their 10th annual Bed Races in a campus parking garage at Baylor University. The event benefits the Make-A-Wish foundation and was able to raise around $30,000 for the charity this year.
“It’s a little bit of a crazy event, you have teams of five and they all hop on a hospital bed - one person rides and four people push it,” said Mike McGee, Bed Races Chairman, Baylor ‘13.
The chapter also gave away a best dressed award to the team with the craziest costume, and held a raffle for a scooter give-away for one lucky attendee. The event was packed with people from all campus organizations.
“This year we actually had 90 teams sign up, so we had 450 racers so it’s the biggest Bed Races we’ve ever had,” said Sam Gunn, Bed Races Chairman / Chaplain, Baylor ‘13.
For the past few years, the chapter has been filming the event so that brothers can remember it for years to come.
“I want future ATOs to remember this event, to remember what it was like, to remember the atmosphere and for the current ATOs to remember and appreciate what we did today,” said Sawyer Richburg, Historian, Baylor ‘13.
The Zeta Beta chapter at the University of Southern California has taken a great idea and turned it into one of the chapter's most valuable member benefits: networking.
"We decided to send out a call to alumni asking if they'd be interested to come to a Career Day where you talk about your industry and how you got there," said Chapter Advisor Jerry Papazian, Southern California '74.
Zeta Beta has been hosting an annual ATO Career Day for three years now. The response from undergraduates and alumni has been overwhelmingly positive. It answers one of the most basic questions of any undergraduate: what do I want to do after I graduate?
"We have people that are in the entertainment industry, people that are entrepreneurs… engineers… consultants," said Alumni Relations Officer Derek Nielsen, Southern California '12. "Being able to kind of pick their brains about their various experiences, and how that would apply to me moving forward, was definitely very useful."
"This is one of those experiences that reminds you, 'You know what? It's special to reconnect with these guys,'" said Blaine Rominger, Southern California '80.
"You can do these [events]," said KNBC-TV Weathercaster Carl Bell, Southern California '81. "They're so easy, and they're fun. It's reconnecting."