Greeks teeter-totter for a cause


This week, Lambda Chi Alpha is teaming up with local sorority, Alpha Sigma, for the biannual Teeter-Totter Marathon. The event started on April 1 and continues until April 4 from 8 am to 11 p.m. each day. Someone will be on the teeter-totter at all times to raise money for their philanthropies.


Ryan Gerth, the chapter’s president, reports that the event started in 1991 and has been an annual event each year since then. This was the first year they tried doing the Teeter-Totter Marathon in both spring and fall semester.

“They actually built the teeter-totter back in 1991,” Gerth said.

They have continued to use the same teeter-totter for the event since. Gerth said they are planning to rebuild the teeter-totter if they find money in their budget since it has quite a bit of wear and tear on it from the years.

The chapter’s philanthropy chair, Steve Dravins, reports that the teeter-totter is “built like a tank and is very durable.”

Last semester, the fraternity raised $500 from their Teeter-Totter Marathon, $250 of which went to their national philanthropy, The North American Food Drive, and the other half went to Alpha Sigma’s philanthropy, The American Cancer Society.

They are hoping to raise at least the same amount for their event this year, if not more. They always donate their proceeds to The Whitewater Food Pantry, which benefits the national event of The North American Food Drive.


Most of the events the fraternity does benefit the North American Food Drive. Every fall the fraternity does a food drive and usually raise about 1,000 pounds of food.

“Last semester in November we donated the proceeds to the food pantry as well,” Dravins said.

They would love to see more involvement this year, not only for their philanthropy, but also for Alpha Sigma’s The American Cancer Society. They are thinking of keeping the event as a biannual event for future years to come.

Dravins said he really hopes to just get the word out about the Teeter-Totter Marathon this semester.

“We just want to get it out there and get people to know about it, Dravins said. “Not everyone walks past and not everyone knows exactly what’s going on. It’d be nice to have more people know about it.”