April 3, 2003

Greeks Unite to Hold Biannual Blood Drive

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The Greek community hosted its biannual blood drive yesterday in the Biotechnology building. The drive ran from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and accommodated 75 donors.

Although the event targeted Greeks, it was open to everyone on campus.

The event, which is usually organized only by the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the Panhellenic Association (Panhell), also involved the Multicultural Greek Letter Council (MGLC) for the first time.

“MGLC has shown a strong commitment to community service and makes it a central mission of the council. [Its] participation in this year’s blood drive will surely further the event’s success,” said Panhell president Meghan Dubyak ’04.

The joint involvement was part of an effort to build and strengthen relations between the three councils.

“By working together on events like this, it helps our chapters and councils become more cohesive,” said Michael Taylor ’05, vice president of University and community relations for IFC. Other cooperative philanthropic activities among the councils include bake sales and the upcoming Collegetown Cleanup. The cleanup, scheduled for this Sunday, has members of the Greek system cleaning and picking up trash in Collegetown.

The blood drive also satisfies the councils’ goal of “a university-wide event that reaches the entire school and community … it helps people outside of Cornell,” said Stephanie Romano ’04, vice president of University and community relations for Panhell.