Beta, Kappa Delta bring on the cheers

By Colleen Kochensparger

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Nine teams of one sorority and one fraternity will come together at the Singletary Center for the Arts for Bring It On 2012 on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Bring It On 2012 is a philanthropy event sponsored by Kappa Delta and Beta Theta Pi to raise money for the UK Violence Intervention & Prevention Center and the Lexington Nest Center for Women, Children and Families.

The teams come up with a cheer and a choreographed dance routine to accompany it, and the $10 registration fee per participant plus all ticket sale revenue will go to the two foundations.

It is Beta Theta Pi’s first real large-scale philanthropy event, and paired with Kappa Delta, the two Greek houses are heading the event.

“It’s a very humbling and wonderful experience, to come together … and be part of such events,” said Charlie Calhoun, a Beta and arts administration senior. “We are striving to bring the community together.”

Previously, Beta Theta Pi has helped organize such events as Flex for a Cause, which had UK students donate their leftover Flex dollars to buy items for God’s Pantry, a Lexington food pantry.

But this is the first time the chapter has been involved in coordinating an event of this magnitude.

“The University of Florida chapter of Beta do this every year,” said Corey Neal, a Beta and kinesiology junior. “(It’s) one of their biggest philanthropy events on campus, we were just so lucky to talk to them and they helped us with whatever we needed” to help set up the event at UK.

The two foundations were chosen because the VIP center is Kappa Delta’s local philanthropy, and the Nest Center has the same values.

“We always strive to protect children and women,” said Nikki Glisson, a Kappa Delta and dietetics junior. Kappa Delta’s core values and ideals are summed up in their call to “Live G-R-E-A-T!”

“The ‘A’ in ‘Live Great’ stands for altruistic service to others,” Glisson said.

Beta has similar values.

“We have our core values; two of them are respectful conduct and mutual assistance,” Calhoun said. “We require all active members to acquire 20 service hours every fiscal year. We want to make sure to be a social and educational fraternity and also give back to the community.”

The five values also include trust, integrity and intellectual growth.

“Our goal as Betas is just to live those five core values every day of our lives,” Neal said.

Calhoun, Glisson and Neal were in charge of much of the coordination of the event, including finding the venue and making sure no copyright issues sprang up surrounding the event name and the movie of the same title.

The cheers are scored on creativity and overall look and uniformity, among other things.

There also is a banner competition in the days leading up to the event, in which houses make banners to support their favorite teams participating.

“I really like an event that brings sororities and fraternities together,” Glisson said. “It helps us to grow stronger as not just individuals but together. … We hope to show people that we’re not just the stereotypical Greek communities, that we actually care about helping the community.”