Pep Supper: An opportunity for optimism

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A Chi Omega member dances during the event. (Photo by Michael Wiser)

Cougar volleyball faced a grim defeat in five games last Thursday, Nov. 3. Luckily, the negativity cleared out of the air shortly after, when the College of Charleston dance team took the floor, indicating the beginning of Pep Supper. An event uniting all Greek life, the goal of Pep Supper’s is to raise money for the Lowcountry Food Bank. For one night, all of the recent pessimism toward fraternities and sororities vanished as vanity was the least of everyone’s problems: charity was at the top.

Lately, Greek life has been on display to the public as crazy party animals, neglecting to remember college is about education and not the letters on their shirts. Because of such allegations, it has become increasingly more difficult for members of the organizations to showcase themselves in a positive light. Greek life has done its best to turn around the image by promoting a “Good in Greek” social media campaign in an attempt to create a new outlook on the contributions, actions and passion of the Greek community.

Where words of encouragement and stories of philanthropy do not get

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Alpha Delta Pi took first place for sororities at the event. (Photo by Michael Wiser).

through to the public, cold hard facts might. 81,742 pounds of food were collected for the Lowcountry Food Bank throughout the duration of the Pep Supper campaign. The Greek community took advantage of the opportunity to prove the public opinion wrong and reinforce the positivity of working for the good as a whole. Only determination and teamwork could elicit such an outstanding response in the amount of food raised. So what motivated the community to raise the large amount? A little friendly competition in the form of dance.

Each sorority and fraternity were required to select a theme. They then choreographed a dance number around that theme that was to be scored by a panel of judges. Each organization’s hard work was given the chance

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Kappa Delta during their winning performance. (Photo by Michael Wiser)

to shine on the dance floor and possibly be declared as winner of the event. In the end, Kappa Delta and Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) came out victorious with fine-tuned dance numbers that wowed the judges. No one could tell that some members of the dances had never danced a day in their lives, while others had years worth of training. However, it was not just the dance that determined the overall winner. Competitors were scored on a combination of factors: pounds of food raised, banner quality and the dance number. Alpha Delta Pi and Alpha Tau Omega ended up overall victorious.

Although the dance event was very well attended by the College of Charleston community, it was not what mattered to the greater community. It was all about philanthropy and doing something positive for Charleston as a whole. Pep Supper was the first step to regaining a positive image surrounding Greek life in the city. The College’s Greek community is slowly rebuilding its reputation, and events like Pep Supper are the key. They provide a united philanthropic goal and a purpose to work toward, and ended up raising an impressive 81,742 pounds of food for the Lowcountry Food Bank.

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