Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Student Government Association and Greek community took turns cleaning up the mess from IUPatty’s weekend Saturday and Sunday.
SGA met at the Hadley Union Building at 10 a.m. to clean School Street, Oakland Avenue and a part of South Seventh Street on Saturday.
“As an organization that represents our student body, we want to show Indiana that we care about our university and community,” SGA Senator Katie Lasky (senior, biology) said. “We want to show respect to our neighbors’ property.”
SGA was able to fill about 10 bags full of garbage, according to Lasky.
“We are doing this to give back to the community,” SGA President Marissa Olean (junior, criminology/pre-law) said. “It is unfair for the community members to clean up after the students.”
More than 350 students from more than 15 Greek organizations participated in the cleanup Sunday morning.
Greek organizations are social- and service-based and try to promote a positive image on our campus, according to IUP’s National Panhellenic Council’s President Israel Delgado (senior, criminology).
“Yes, we like to have fun and congregate together,” Delgado said. “But at the same time, safe, fun and positive congregation is necessary in order to maintain our organizational values.”
The organizations are founded upon principles varying from scholarship, leadership and citizenship to duty and obligation to better manhood and finer womanhood, Delgado said.
Greek organizations cleaned up areas immediately around campus, such as South Seventh Street, Wayne Avenue, School Street, Locust Street, Oakland Avenue and Fisher Avenue, according to Dylan S. Fishbaine (junior, criminology), IUP’s Interfraternity Council president and Phi Mu Delta vice president.
Giving back to the community is one of their pillars as Greeks, and it is a very important aspect for their organizations, Fishbaine said.