Greek Life Fundraiser Nails It – Hands Down!

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Penn College’s fraternities this week raised $570.32 in an uncommonly colorful way: painting patrons’ fingernails in a choice of five shades, each keyed to a particular charitable concern. The “Man-i-Cures for a Cause” event, held from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the Bush Campus Center, turned the tables on tradition, as the young men (and their adviser) had some serious fun adorning their clientele. “Throughout the event, I saw an astounding​ expression of Greek unity within our community. The amount of teamwork between our chapters was the best I have ever seen in my time here at Penn College,” said Mitchell J. Berninger, a web and interactive media major who serves as president of the Interfraternity Council and as programming chairman for Phi Mu Delta. “I believe this was a turning point for our community – not only with getting the Greek Life name throughout campus to students and faculty, but also it showed that we have the capability to work together for a common goal.” The final totals were $155.67 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (purple), $120.92 for Susan G. Komen breast cancer prevention (pink), $103.42 for Wise Options’ local sexual assault awareness efforts (teal), $101.92 for Autism Speaks (blue) and $88.41 for the local AIDS Resource Alliance (red).

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor

A fashionable palette with philanthropic purpose

A fashionable palette with philanthropic purpose

President Davie Jane Gilmour chats with Samuel R. Scheide, of Phi Mu Delta, a plastics and polymer engineering technology student, during her salon "appointment."

President Davie Jane Gilmour chats with Samuel R. Scheide, of Phi Mu Delta, a plastics and polymer engineering technology student, during her salon “appointment.”

Marquise J. Frederick, a Phi Mu Delta member who majors in electronics and computer engineering technology, is a study in concentration ...

Marquise J. Frederick, a Phi Mu Delta member who majors in electronics and computer engineering technology, is a study in concentration …

... as is Dustin C. Bailey, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration major and Phi Mu Delta member.

… as is Dustin C. Bailey, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration major and Phi Mu Delta member.

A fraternity member applies a sheer topcoat to alternating red and purple nails.

A fraternity member applies a sheer topcoat to alternating red and purple nails.

Requiring a different sort of patient demeanor than his pre-nursing major, Sigma Pi's Elijah J. Brown tackles the task with a smile.

Requiring a different sort of patient demeanor than his pre-nursing major, Sigma Pi’s Elijah J. Brown tackles the task with a smile.

President Gilmour, who chose blue for her left hand and teal for the right, admires the work in progress.

President Gilmour, who chose blue for her left hand and teal for the right, admires the work in progress.

Staffing the check-in table are Sigma Nu's Christopher M. Scheller (left), who majors in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, and Phi Mu Delta's Alexander R. Wetzel, an industrial and human factors design student.

Staffing the check-in table are Sigma Nu’s Christopher M. Scheller (left), who majors in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, and Phi Mu Delta’s Alexander R. Wetzel, an industrial and human factors design student.

Quality control is exercised by Tylor J. Burkett, of Sigma Nu, an aviation maintenance technology major who was both a nail-painter ...

Quality control is exercised by Tylor J. Burkett, of Sigma Nu, an aviation maintenance technology major who was both a nail-painter …

... and a "paintee," thanks to Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life.

… and a “paintee,” thanks to Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life.

Nicholas E. Leasure, an engineering design technology major and Phi Mu Delta member, does some personal touch-up during a break in traffic.

Nicholas E. Leasure, an engineering design technology major and Phi Mu Delta member, does some personal touch-up during a break in traffic.