Public Safety and Pig Roasts
On September 12th, 2017, Iota-Tau continued their Annual 9/11 Memorial tradition by playing Public Safety in a Softball game at Red Storm Field. As is tradition, the game started with a touching opening ceremony that included the starting lineups, a moment of silence followed by the National Anthem, and concluded with the first pitch being thrown by Associate Dean of Student Engagement, Mary Pelkowski, and Executive Director of Public Safety, Denise Vencak-Toner. Coming off a win last year, the Officers of Public Safety came out with a swagger that was unmatched as they sent the reigning MVP, Bob Thomas out to the mound. This year the advantage would go to Iota-Tau as they defeated Public Safety 19-3. Dom Pintavalle, Kevin Simmons, and Shane Protivansky fueled the offense as all three supplied the power needed with a few Home Runs.
Following the Softball Game, the men of Iota-Tau Chapter held a celebratory Sigma Pig Roast to benefit their Chapter Educational Fund. The Pig Roast acted as a celebratory barbecue for the Public Safety Officers as they participated in many games such as Cornhole, Kan Jam, and Spikeball. The Pig Roast raised over $500 which will be added to the fund and eventually awarded to the men of Iota-Tau as scholarships.
After an eventful day for Iota-Tau, President Dom Pintavalle commented on the events: “We have had a couple long days, and weeks that required a ton of work and cooperation to make possible. I want to thank my brothers for making time to make all of this possible. It is days like today where you truly feel at home in this Chapter. The smiling faces of our Public Safety Officers and Campus Police make it that much better.”
Chapter Alumni, and official commentator of the event this year, Andrew Calvano, shared his thoughts too. “This is a great event overall that supports a tremendous cause. Both Sigma Pi and Public Safety had fun, an I think the latter definitely felt appreciated for all they do on campus. It's an honor to see such a great tradition continue and hopefully I can come back in 10 years and it will still be here.”
The men of Iota-Tau have big plans as we progress through the semester with the introduction of the Amazing Day Home Run Derby which raises awareness for and benefits suicide on college campuses, as well as Sigma Pi Nerfbowl, a powderpuff football tournament set to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness.