Trinity students give back

Trinity’s student organization all dedicate themselves to giving back to their community. However, each organization does so in its own unique way.  From Zeta Chi and the Sexual Diversity Alliance’s Drag Show to Alpha Epsilon Delta’s 24-hour soccer match to Chi Beta Epsilon’s Chili Cook-Off, Trinity students are continuing to give back.

Alpha Epsilon Delta, the premedical honor society, is sponsoring their second annual 24-hour soccer match from 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20.

AED’s president, Vivek Pakanati, said that last year’s AED president, Stephen Manning, initiated the event.

“This event was started by Stephen Manning in response to the earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the surrounding cities,” Pakanati said.

The proceeds of the event this year will go to Partners in Health and their “Stand with Haiti” plan.

“AED has always been a strong supporter of the relief efforts of Partners in Health, and this year is no different,” Pakanati said.

The premed honor society raised $1,800 last year, and the goal this year is to increase that number by $200. Participants can play in the soccer match by donating five dollars per person.

The following week the annual drag show sponsored by ZX and SDA will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 on Coates Esplanade. The event but first begun by SDA but ZX quickly joined.

“The Drag Show has become a Trinity tradition over the years. It presents a unique opportunity for students to have fun, be a little silly and think outside the box while learning about HIV and AIDS prevention and raising funds for one of the best AIDS charities in the region,” said John Dean Domingue, president of SDA.

The two organizations have collaborated on the event for several years, and the money raised goes toward Zeta Chi’s chosen philanthropy organization, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation. Students can participate in the show itself or attend to cheer on the performers. Attendees can make donations to SAAF by means of actually tipping the performers with cash or by TigerBucks contributions.

Laura Kalb, junior co-vice president of Zeta Chi, said that this year, there is an emphasis on integrating more education and awareness into the Drag Show.

“Several people and different campus organizations signed up to perform this year. It’s going to be a great show, and people are getting excited,” Kalb said.

Last year’s MC, Lyn-z Lang, will be returning for this year’s production.

“Lyn-z Lang is considered one of the most well-known drag performers in San Antonio. Last year, she brought her wit, beauty and stunning talent, and she will be bringing it again this year,” Domingue said.

The Esplanade will be used for a different purpose the next day.

Chi Beta Epsilon’s annual Chili Cook Off is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. This long-standing contest asks students to get together in groups to make the best chili recipe possible for an entry fee of $15 per group. The winners of the competition receive a $50 cash prize.

The proceeds of this traditional Trinity event will go to the San Antonio Food Bank, one of XBE’s charities of choice.

Lisa Tucci, vice president of XBE, said the event always has good turnout and promises to be a good time.

“The Chili Cook Off is a fun event that helps bring together the Trinity community while also helping support a great local charity, the San Antonio Food Bank,” Tucci said.

In addition to the chili cooking competition, there is a jalapeà±o eating contest, and the winner receives $35 in cash. XBE president, Ashley Harris, said that the event provides a great way for many different factions of campus to come together and get creative.

“The Chili Cook Off is a great way for all of Trinity’s organizations, not just Greek, to come together for a friendly competition. It’s a fun event for everyone involved, and there are always great new recipes entered,” Harris said.