On November 2, the Epsilon Chi chapter held its third Battle for Sparta, an American Gladiator-style competition where teams of six go head-to-head to become Top Spartan.
“We wanted it to really encompass competitiveness,” said Philanthropy Chairman Nick Wasemiller, San Jose State ’13. “Every year we try to step it up more and more.”
This year’s games included sumo-suite wrestling, a relay race and two newly created games: “Powerball” and “Blind Swords.”
The event benefitted the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Epsilon Chi was able to raise $1,000 towards the hospital.
“It's great for them to know, already, that children's health is a huge issue in our country,” said Missy Ryan, Past President of Auxiliaries at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. “And it is great that they're already supporting something that, hopefully, they won't need, but somebody will.”
The Epsilon Chi chapter plans to continue the event and aims to make it a premier one at San Jose State University for years to come.
“We are already talking about planning it next year,” said Wasemiller. “We are already excited to blow it up and make it the biggest thing on SJU’s campus.”
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."