Greeks will host array of events to salute alumni

Kate Sheafer

Sororities, fraternities plan brunches, pig roasts and house tours for returning members this weekend

The annual Flashing Duck Run will once again storm campus Saturday afternoon.

Every year before the Homecoming football game, members of Delta Upsilon gather at the “painted rock” on campus an hour before game time. They then run the game-day football to Dix Stadium in a relay.

The fraternity uses the event to raise money for the Dylan Carlton Scholarship, which was founded several years ago as a scholarship available to any Kent State student.

“We always get a lot of support for the event,” said Drew Patenaude, Delta Upsilon’s vice president of community service and philanthropy. “All of the money that we collect from our ‘Duck Run’ t-shirts, alumni and other donors will go to the fund.”

Patenaude said anyone interested in supporting the Flashing Duck Run is welcome to pick up a t-shirt at the Delta Upsilon house.

Friday night:

&bull The Greek Alumni Chapter is sponsoring a Homecoming social for Greek alumni at the Water Street Tavern at 6 p.m. Guests can expect giveaways, food and live entertainment to help kick off Homecoming weekend.


Most of Kent’s sororities opt for brunches on Homecoming, while many fraternities hold cookouts and pig roasts, but for all, the goal is the same: to welcome back alumni and celebrate the day together.

&bull Sigma Alpha Epsilon members will host a pig roast all day at their house on University Drive. All are welcome for the roast and to attend the game afterward.

&bull Sigma Nu will officially celebrate its 60th anniversary by watching the parade with alumni, taking former members on tours of the new house and tailgating. Later, they will hold a formal dinner with alumni at Paradise Lake Country Club.

&bull Sigma Chi will celebrate the Centennial with a pig roast at 8 a.m. on East Main Street.

&bull At 9 a.m., Lambda Chi Alpha members will host a Homecoming breakfast at their house on University Drive.

&bull Alpha Tau Omega’s Homecoming celebration will bring alumni and members together to watch the parade, get to know each other and enjoy lunch before the game.

&bull Current and past members of Delta Gamma will get together at the sorority’s house to bond during Homecoming.

&bull Alpha Phi has invited alumni to join current members for an alumni brunch beginning at 11 a.m. at the sorority’s house.

&bull From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Alpha Xi Delta will hold an open house.

&bull Chi Omega members will also hold a brunch for alumni at the Chi Omega house at 11 a.m.

&bull Members of Delta Zeta have asked current and past members to bring food and beverages to their alumni brunch at 11 a.m. Following the meal, alumni will have the chance to tour the house.

&bull Phi Delta Theta’s plans revolve around the Homecoming football game, as members will begin tailgating at their house at noon. After the game, the fraternity will hold a cookout.

&bull On North Lincoln Street, the members of Sigma Sigma Sigma will hold a cookout for alumni beginning at 1 p.m.

&bull Alpha Epsilon Pi will hold its First Annual Alumni Cookout at the fraternity’s house on East College Avenue. For $35, alumni can join current members at a cookout at noon or 6 p.m.

&bull Pufferbelly in Downtown Kent will host Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Homecoming dinner for alumni at 7 p.m.

Contact Greek life and ROTC reporter Kate Sheafer at [email protected].