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Marilyn Hagerty: Sports, snowblowers and scares

The weekend is at hand with little orange bugs crawling all over and the University of Minnesota hockey team coming to town. The bugs are trying to find homes for the winter. The hockey players aim to beat the North Dakota team this weekend.

We will see.

To gain insight on the sports scene, UND Boosters are meeting at 11:30 a.m. today at the Alerus Center. And there is speculation that Bubba's football team will cream Sacramento State on Saturday. That is, if the fans all wear green.

Time will tell.

Meanwhile, we know October eventually will turn into November because there are ads offering snowblowers for sale. And we know Halloween is coming because there are scary events coming up.

Right now, there is a haunted house open to the public at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house. That's at the corner of University Avenue and Columbia Road.

And there's another open house to explore at the Delta Upsilon house on Princeton Street.

What we don't know is — what the UND campus will be like without the Greeks. That is, the fraternities and sororities. While we don't hear much about them around the Forks, each group has its philanthropic project.

For example, Sigma Chi supports cancer research. Alpha Phi is known for helping hearts. Delta Gamma sorority nationally promotes service for sight. Sigma Chi fraternity supports cancer research, according to Jeff Elliot, local president.

This fall, the seven sororities at UND pledged 240 new members. The groups include Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Gamma, Pi Beta Phi and the newest, Kappa Delta.

There now are 687 women in Greek letter groups. Although the count this fall is not complete, there were 639 in fraternities last spring. The number now is higher, according to Cassie Gerhardt, associate dean of students.

The men's groups are Alpha Tau Omega, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Tau Delta, Delta Upsilon, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu, Sigma Alpha Epsilon along with a colony of Alpha Sigma Pi.

Ah yes, fraternities sometimes get national press for questionable reasons. Their charitable projects aren't well publicized. Here at UND, the all Greek 3.18 scholastic average was slightly higher than the overall 3.13 average for 10,046 undergraduates at the end of the spring semester.

Ask Marilyn

Q. What is the purpose of the clothesline project about this week in the UND Memorial Union?

A. It is an effort to bring national awareness to abuse of women. And it is the philanthropy project of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Members will be helping with Take Back the Night rally Monday evening.

Brad and Laurie

Cheerful people of the week: Brad Betting and Laurie Betting.