The weather in Jacksonville is finally starting to brighten up and the students are enjoying it more and more. But while many of the students enjoyed the pool, sorority women of Jacksonville University and the International Student Association were hunting for the coveted Golden Derby.
The week of April 1, Sigma Chi presented their annual philanthropy week, Derby Days to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. According to their website, Huntsman Cancer Institute is a National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center, which means it meets the highest national standards for cancer care and research and receives support for its scientific endeavors.
Sigma Chi has been supporting Huntsman since 2005. A brother of the fraternity, Jon M. Huntsman Sr. founded the organization and now challenges his brothers to do the same. To support Huntsman, Sigma Chi nationally came up with Derby Days as a weeklong philanthropy event.
The entire week is filled with events such as a brother-auction, dinner, concerts, and of course, hunting for the golden derby. Each team in participation decorates a derby and hides it on campus, but the golden derby is the one that everyone is after. One clue goes out at midnight every night and the hunt is on.
“Looking for a place was hard because if it were hidden in central campus someone would have found it the first or second day,” said Ethan Wellhausen, the brother that put the entire week together.
By the end of the week participants were getting frustrated with the clues, but the search continued until Alpha Epsilon Phi announced they had found the golden derby. Some people were mad while others were relieved it was all over with.
“It’s actually a really stressful week so when we heard the derby was found I was upset it wasn’t us but relieved it was all over and I could finally go to bed early,” said junior Tala Farah, member of Delta Delta Delta.
Although finding the golden derby is important to some people, no one forgets the real reason they are all participating.
“Finding the golden derby was a huge accomplishment, but I think donating the amount of money we did for the reason we did was even better,” said sophomore, Rachel Kaslow, member of Alpha Epsilon Phi. “We all pulled our money together to reach a goal that was not only important to us, but is important to the world as a whole. We all just helped fight cancer.”
During the brother auction, Sigma Chi raised almost $2,500 and people still left ready to donate online.In total, Sigma Chi raised $10,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
“The more people realize that we are all coming together for one goal not to win individually, but win as a group, there will be a betterment of society,” said Wellhausen. “You can find out info about it on the Huntsman site and on the Sigma Chi headquarters page.”
The editor-in-chief of the Navigator is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.