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On Campus: UND fraternity members buy Christmas gifts for children

Members of the UND chapter of Delta Tau Delta pose with gifts they donated to patients at Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo. Photo courtesy of Landon Bahl, executive vice president of Delta Tau Delta.

Members of the UND chapter of Delta Tau Delta decided to make the holidays a little happier for some children at Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo.

The fraternity's executive vice president Landon Bahl said members pooled about $500 to buy about 30 presents for children and delivered them Monday while dressed in Christmas costumes.

More than a dozen members delivered about 30 presents. First-year student Layton Erickson purchased a Bop It and a board game, but he said watching a little boy's face light up at the sight of Star Wars toys made the experience worth it.

"When we got there, people were so thankful," he said. "Even the nurses were super excited about it."

Bahl said the group decided they wanted to do something philanthropic as the year came to an end. Instead of organizing a fundraiser, they just decided to go buy presents at Target themselves.

"A lot of guys enjoyed just shopping," he said. "We went over our budget, but when you get in the store, you're like, 'This is fun!'"

The fraternity was founded in 1920 as Beta Chi and was named the Delta Xi chapter of Delta Tau Delta in 1935, according to its website.

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• UND was awarded $600,641 in Challenge Grant funds at a November meeting to go toward eight scholarship endowments.

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More info: To see more regional higher education news, visit the websites of UND, University of Minnesota-Crookston, Northland Community and Technical College, Mayville State University and Lake Region State College. Herald staff writer Katie Snell contributed to this article.

Anna Burleson

Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.