Derby Days

Life at Greystone is not all about schoolwork and relaxation; many Sigs take time out of their busy weeks to give back to the community and help improve the image of both Cornell and Sigma Chi, not only in Ithaca but on campus as well.

Of course, the spring semester is when Sigma Chi really gets its time to shine philanthropically—when we hold our annual Derby Days, to raise money for charities such as Children’s Miracle Network and First Book.

Derby Days

The 2014 Derby Days took place the week of April 21. Derby Days is a national Sigma Chi philanthropy tradition that raises money for Sigma Chi's official partner, Children's Miracle Network. This year, the fraternity made a unique decision to donate 20% of the proceeds to a charity of the winning sorority's choice, which further encouraged all members of sororities to take part in the weeklong event.

At Cornell, all twelve Panhellenic sororities competed in a variety of competitions. The brotherhood was divided evenly, and teams of five brothers were randomly placed on each sorority's team. Points were awarded based on their respective performances and based on how much money was raised for charity.

Events for the week were:

  • Monday: Brother Auction
  • Tuesday: Dance Competition/Skit
  • Wednesday: Scavenger Hunt
  • Thursday: Brother Hunt
  • Friday:Derby Olympics
  • Other: Penny Wars, Hats

This year, we were pleased to announce that Kappa Kappa Gamma was victorious. They were coached by Corey Marsh '14, George Ruizcalderon '15, Kenny Thomson '15, Ryan Osterman '17, and Max Shin '17.

The four seniors elected to organize the week of events were Collin Clark '14, Murray Keo '14, Oliver Marvin '14, and Luke Kelly '14. Thanks to those four and to the entire brotherhood for putting on a spectacular week. Also, thank you to the sororities who participated in healthy competition for a great cause!

Sigma Chi Volunteers On Campus & in the Community

Brothers at Buffalo Wild Wings

In late November, the brothers of Sigma Chi combined to form two separate teams for a philanthropic wings-eating competition at the local Buffalo Wild Wings. The brothers participated as part of the American Cancer Association's national wings-eating competition, and donations were made on a per-wing basis to the their cause. Over the course of the event, the brothers raised and donated hundreds of dollars to the cause, but it was, in fact, our chef, Tom Wilkinson, who stole the show. When time was up, Tom had eaten nearly thirty wings!

Pi Beta Phi's Arrowbowl

Throughout the semester, the brothers of Sigma Chi made a point to support as many Cornell organizations as possible in their philanthropic efforts. Our assistance sometimes came in the form of donations but primarily through participation in others’ philanthropic events. This picture shows brothers participating in Pi Beta Phi Sorority's Arrowbowl, a flag-football contest that raised money for their national philanthropy, an organization that supports childhood literacy. Along with our own philanthropic cause (Huntsman Cancer Foundation), we all really enjoy supporting others’ causes, because it allows us to help them in their efforts and for us to meet others on campus.