Delta Phi Epsilon with Aspen the wonder dog, the only warm one.
Thirty-six degrees with wind gusts of 30 mph, but at least there was no snow. Yet. The miserable weather didn't stop this year’s Make a Difference Day. Some 400 students in 35 groups took part. They even had a few projects right in my neighborhood, so I pulled on the chook and gloves and took off.
Delta Zeta was out in full force, raking at the Hancock Central High School. In this wind, I wondered, how do you rake?
Pretty well, I guess. They already had several bags full by the time I got there.
It was a tradition for the DZs, according to Suki Miftah, a third-year materials science and engineering major from Baltimore.
“Last year, we raked on Agate Street, we did the Chassell cemetery and the playground at Daniell Heights the year before that,” she said.
They all planned on attending the Northern hockey name that night, and some had been in Marquette the night before. “We played well,” Miftah said. “It was fun.”
Nearby, at a senior citizen’s house, the Alpha Honors Society was doing yard work. A few students were cleaning up a drainage ditch in front while pine needles were being raked up in the back.
Dakota Oparka, a second-year ME from Frankenmuth told me that the Alpha Society was twenty years old at Tech. They’ve worked with Habitat for Humanity, did help sessions for first-year engineering students, and walked dogs for the Human Society, too.
A couple of flurries were sticking to the windshield of the car I dashed back into.
Finally, at Barkell Elementary, Delta Phi Epsilon sisters were attempting to rake. It was even windier up there, as they were at the top of the hill.
Rose Greene, a graduating senior in chem engg, was bundled up against the chill. She’s got a job lined up in Marysville, Michigan, with a polymer processing plant.
They do Make a Difference Day every year, she said. “And last year, it was snowing, too.” She said it had just started with flurries when they got to the school.
“Stay warm,” I shouted as I ran to my car (and my gloves).
From the several groups of students around the large grounds, she shouted back, “We’re trying!”
Dennis '92 '09
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