On April 16, the Kappa Gamma chapter held their 4th annual Cupcake Throwdown in their chapter house. The event benefits the Live Like Ryan Would Foundation.
“Cupcake Throwdown is an all you can eat cupcake frenzy,” said Enrique Ramirez, Chaplain, North Texas ‘14.
Each year, sororities and other campus organizations compete with each other, forming teams around one common theme. This years theme was "TV Shows”.
“You have everything from American Horror Story to Spongebob,” said Quade Keith, President, North Texas ‘12.
Besides the main event, the chapter also holds “Pie-a-Tau” where attendees can place a donation, giving them the right to throw a pie in the face of an ATO of their choosing. The chapter also holds a raffle, giving away a television, among other prizes.
“We are benefitting the Live Like Ryan Would Foundation. One of our brothers died in the Fall of 2012 in a fatal car accident, and his mother came up with the foundation in his honor… they serve a purpose to raise scholarships for students,” said Luis Torres, Philanthropy Chair, North Texas ‘14.
The chapter holds Cupcake Throwdown each spring semester after creating it four years ago. The event has gotten bigger and more impactful each year.
“It’s become known with ATO here at North Texas, it’s our signature event and our week,” said Ramirez.
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."