'Panda-monium' breaks out at Alpha Omicron Pi dodgeball tournament

Sororities, fraternities and other campus organizations enjoyed childhood throwbacks during Alpha Omicron Pi's dodgeball tournament to raise money for arthritis and dystonia patients.

About $2,500 was raised collectively from the 24 teams that participated in the event, held at noon at Northside Middle School.

Katie Knoll, chairwoman of the tournament, said the sorority's mascot is the panda, which lent itself well to the theme of "panda-monium."

One of the sorority's alumni suffered from dystonia, a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. When she graduated three years ago, they decided to give money to arthritis and dystonia through their annual philanthropic events.

Sophomore Jess Passehl said her team lost both games in the double-elimination style tournament, but what's important is supporting fellow sororities and fraternities in their fundraising events.

"It was fun anyway," she said. "I haven't played since middle school. What's more fun is watching the guys. They're so competitive."

While cheering on other fraternities, Adam Barnum said his team won one and lost one, but he hoped they would do better in the next game.

"Our best play was when we got a double switch," he said. "Somebody got a guy out and then caught the ball that was thrown at him."

Sophomore Karen Karr said it was exciting to see so many people participate, including non-Greeks.

"Everyone can play dodgeball," she said. "It seems more popular [than basketball]."

Almost every group wore team shirts, and when they weren't playing, they cheered on other teams.

Spice Girls was the theme for Sigma Kappa. Freshman Kayln Kirschy, wearing a bright, zebra-striped shirt and black pants, said it was fun to get out and support a good cause. She said in her sorority, they have to have a team participate in every Greek-sponsored event.

The tournament lasted about two hours with many shouts of encouragement and dodgeballs flying.

Knoll said she's glad they chose to have a dodgeball competition. There's not many places around campus that give students an opportunity to play dodgeball, she said.

Winning teams:
Males: AKPP
Females: Phi Mu
 


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