Interfraternity Council ‘Movember’ events entertain IUP Greek Life

Patrick Kaczka (junior, art history and psychology), Mark Volpe (sophomore, ecology) devoured wings donated by Steel City Samiches for a wing-eating contest as part of the Interfraternity “Movember” events. (Max Merlina/ The Penn)

Although No Shave November seems like a month-long excuse to refrain from shaving, the Infraternity Council organized a series of fundraising events for men’s health while still grooming their fuzzy faces.

The IFC and participating fraternities kicked off the Movember events with a Shave-Off at 4:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in the Hadley Union Building atrium, ridding the participants of any pre-existing facial hair.

Then, the fraternity brothers put their innate skills to use at a Cornhole tournament Monday, Nov. 10, from 9-10:45 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room. Each team of two paid $10 to participate.

The game was played following standard Cornhole rules.

Players pitched the bags from behind the board until each player had pitched all of their bags.

A 20-minute time limit was enforced.

A team of Phi Delta Theta brothers won the Cornhole tournament.

IFC President Dylan Fishbaine (senior, criminology) said that $880 has been raised so far, bringing them a mere $120 away from their goal of $1,000.

“The event’s purpose is to raise money for Movember, which supports men’s health,” Fishbaine said. “We had about seven fraternities and three or four sororities participate in this particular event.”

Fishbaine also said that IFC sold mustache cookies, T-shirts, keychains and other odds and ends to raise money for men’s health.

The next event, the Golden Balls Bowling Tournament, took place at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Mohawk Lanes.

Phi Delta Theta brothers Brandon Roberts (senior, psychology), Kyle Fine (junior, marketing), James Rosencrans (senior, criminology) and Taylor Hall (senior, health and physical education) took first place in this competition.

“The best part about the bowling tournament was that I got to go play a game I enjoy with my best friends,” Roberts said. “Regardless of winning or losing we had a great time, and we were able to give our support for a great cause.”

There was a $10 charge – which was donated to charity – for each player.

Each team of four played two rounds and combined the totals from each game for their final score.

The individual with the highest score was Travis Meyer (junior, management) from Phi Mu Delta.

To spice things up, a wing-eating contest was held at 5 p.m. Thursday in the HUB atrium, thanks to a donation of 25 pounds of barbecue wings from Steel City Samiches.

In addition to the wings, Steel City donated a $50 gift card to be awarded to the winner.

IFC vice president of internal affairs Andrew Potter (senior, marketing) briefed the hungry brothers on the contest rules.

“Each person is going to get a pound of wings, and you’ll get two minutes to finish whatever you can,” Potter said. “After the two minutes is up, whoever’s pile weighs the least will go on to the championship round.”

The winner, Lucas Sullivan (sophomore, finance and legal studies), brought home another win for the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

“I can’t honestly say why it is we’ve [Phi Delta Theta] won everything,” Roberts said. “We just have a great group of guys who like giving back, and Movember is a great way to show that we care.”

The Greeks will also “Pack the House” for the men’s basketball game at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Center.

At the game, Greeks will be selling “Movember” merchandise, and a Greek Life student will sing the national anthem. There will also be a shooting contest for Greeks at half time.

To wrap things up, Greeks will have the opportunity look back on past Movember events and celebrate their fundraising accomplishments at the Movember Gala at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Twisted Jimmy’s. There will be a $3 entry fee, and appetizers will be served.