The sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon working in the yard of Lee Perry '76 in Hancock.
Tech students have always given back to the campus and community, and it has gone beyond the obvious impact of Winter Carnival, Homecoming, and other special events.
I recall a former Chamber of Commerce president telling me, "When I need a hand in an event, I know I can always call those guys and they'll come through for me." He was referring to a couple of fraternities, and other student organizations had also chipped in for the Chamber.
Elsewhere, elderly neighbors have been shoveled out after a storm, had leaves raked at the end of fall (like now), and have enjoyed something as simple as shooting the breeze after class.
Today, making a difference has gone big time!
There is a national day, this past Saturday, that of course students (and alumni) have jumped into with both feet (and that's not just the piles of leaves).
According to Rachel Wussow, associate director of student activities:
- More than 450 students were involved in thirty-eight groups. Twenty-two elderly homes, at least, were raked.
- Two cemeteries cleaned: Houghton and Chassell
- Parks in Laurium cleaned.
- Three campus locations: Public Safety, University Residence, and Daniell Heights, in addition to the Memorial Grove.
- Wood cutting and stacking from the Ford Center at Alberta to Twin Lakes to Mohawk.
So, on a chilly October morning, Tech students, alumni, and friends were out in force, doing the right thing, again.
Dennis '92, '09
We've had a great fall, I said.
"It's all over but the shouting."
And the shoveling.
"We're good for awhile still."
Any plans? Hunting? Hiking?
"Just my usual trek. Might bring the gun."
"See you next year."