Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Sigma Chi prepares for Derby Days

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On May 2 and May 3, Sigma Chi will host its event to raise awareness for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Derby Days is an annual event at Southeast Missouri State University, which includes activities and Greek games ranging from the Derby Darling Pageant to a boy and girls soccer tournament. Most of these events take place on campus and all fraternities and sororities are encouraged to participate this year. This is an opportunity for chapters to promote brotherhood.

"Most chapters donate to it and they like for all of us to come together and raise money. During Derby Days they like to bring in speakers for charity and always keep the competition fair for all participants," alumni chairman of Derby Days, Jared Swanter, said.

Swanter said that in the past they hosted things like a T-shirt contest and pie contest during the annual Derby Days.

"I went to the seeding event last year. They did the Derby Darling pageant and they had a minute to win it game which was fun," Delta Delta Delta sorority member Ella Bradford said. "I am going this year and I expect it to be fun to get together and support a good cause."

Sigma Chi president Nik Weber said that this year is the first year that all of Southeast's fraternities and sororities were invited to be involved. He also said he encourages all Greek to participate for the fun.

"It's a great time and we are really looking forward to the turnout," Weber said. "We are looking forward and getting together for all good reasons too."

Derby Days is traditionally hosted during spring and in the first week of May. The Huntsman Cancer Institute is a research facility for cancer. The Huntsman Cancer Foundation soul purpose is to raise money and awareness for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.