The “War of the Roses” is the Beta Omicron chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s annual week-long effort to raise awareness and donations for people with disabilities. The event is a friendly competition between Greek sororities at Northwestern State. Students will compete in five events designed to educate the public about the challenges faced by the disabled.Sororities will form teams of 10 ladies. Each team costs 100 dollars. The winner of the “War of the Roses” is the team with the most points at the end of the week. First, second, and third places will be awarded. First place receives 1000, points, 2nd place receives 500 points, and 3rd place receives 100 points. The schedule of events is as follows:
Monday: Wheelchair relay. Each team sends 4 ladies to compete against another on a playoff system. Able-bodied people often fail to realize how difficult maneuvering a wheelchair can be. This event allows simulates a relay using wheelchairs. 4 PM at the NSU Tennis Complex.
Tuesday: Blind T-Ball. Each team blindfolds 7 of their teammates while in the outfield leaving three people able to see. These three people will have to guide those who are blindfolded by giving descriptive commands, or manual direction, in order to get the opposing team out. The team batting will rely on a guide verbally explaining where to run. 4 PM at the IM field adjacent to the University Columns Apartments.
Wednesday: Bake off. Each team must bake a dessert and will be judged by taste and smell only. This encourages participants to utilize limited sensory methods. 5 PM at the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity House.
Thursday: Fund-raising Day. Each team will raise as much money for Push America as possible. Each group must work individually. Participants are encouraged to promote awareness while raising funds. All money is due at the Pi Kappa Phi House by 9 PM.
Friday: Empathy Dinner. Each member is assigned a disability and must rely on someone else to assist them in eating. This allows participants to create alternative means to accomplish a task. During the dinner, the winner will be announced and awards given out. Held at the NSU Recreation Complex (Demon Hills) Dinner at 4 PM and Awards at 5 PM.
All Week: Penny Wars. This is the only event where it is sorority versus sorority and not competition among teams. Each sorority must attempt to collect as many pennies as possible. Each penny is worth 1 point. Each nickel is worth -5 points, a dime is worth -10 points, and a dollar is -100 points. (Example: Sorority XYZ has 300 points. If Sorority ABC puts a $5 bill in XYZ’s jar, -500 points come from XYZ’s total. The team with the most points wins.) Penny Wars will be held outside Vic’s each day from 11 AM – 3 PM.
For more information on the event, contact Push America Chair John Hall at (985) 264-9692.