BY BROOKE REESE
The national media has labeled Salisbury University in the past few months as “the school with the third case of tuberculosis” or “the college that had a third fraternity suspended.”
However, students at SU are not only hosting positive events for the university, but for the local community and national organizations, as well.
On Friday, April 24 Relay for Life was held in Maggs Physical Activities Center and the Perdue Hall lawn where students raised $109,040.56 for the American Cancer Society.
Over 70 campus organizations attended the event with 1,480 student participants. Among the top five teams to raise the most donations for the cause, three were fraternities.
Girls on Top of the World claimed the first place spot with $12,378.27 and were joined by fraternities Pi Lambda Phi ($11,234.05), Sigma Tau Gamma ($9,299.41) and Kappa Sigma ($7,511.00) all with less than 100 members on their teams.
Even though financial contributions to organizations can be very beneficial to research, nothing triumphs the donation of community service for some students.
The Student Government Association sponsored the 11th annual Big Event around the Salisbury community on April 18.
Coordinator and Vice President of External Affairs Jacob Martin said the event continues to grow in numbers of participants, as well as how many homes are helped every year. 450 students attended Big Event to help the restoration of 80 local homes.
“When we do the volunteer cleanups, it lets the community know that students do care and we aren’t just sitting back and not doing anything,” Martin said. “We’re giving back to them for everything that they give to us.”
Community involvement is something that the co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, is constantly focused on.
The organization gives back to the local charities with weekly events and projects.
Recently the fraternity donated $2,000 to Operation We Care that delivers care packages to military troops stationed overseas.
Senior member Jenn Carrick said she loved contributing and was happy to help them with their cause.
“We get to know that we are making a difference in the community and in the nation,” Carrick said.
With all of the negative attention surrounded Salisbury this semester, and now with an additional focus on Baltimore, students are seeing the importance in realizing the beneficial contributions students are making to the community’s needs.
As the university continues to make strides in the right direction, set backs are inevitable but it is the way solutions are made that sets some apart from others.