None in Eight

After months of organizing and advertising, handing out pink ribbons, attending skip a meals, collecting donations around campus, and hosting the first ever 50 Shades of Pink Color Run, the big week is finally here! IT’S BMOC WEEK!!

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The ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha put on the biggest philanthropy event of the year- Big Man on Campus (BMOC), a male talent show competition where contestants from different Fraternity’s at Purdue compete. This could be singing, dancing, or just being funny. It is more than just a talent show, this year Zeta and the contestants have been working really hard to raise money for not only breast cancer education and awareness but also new this year raising money for Purdue’s Cancer Research Center. This year’s BMOC will also be benefiting the Vision of Hope Women’s Cancer Research Group, which focuses on the prevention, detection, and treatment of breast cancer.

To get a better look into what BMOC is check out BMOC 2014!

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That means within the Alpha Theta chapter at Purdue alone 18, yes EIGHTEEN women will be diagnosed within their lifetime.

The women of Zeta have been going above and beyond this year to help raise money to end this battle that many have to face. Throughout the semester there have been many different events held to help the cause of fighting to end breast cancer.

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Volunteered at the Colts game spreading awareness while working the crucial catch raffle. 

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Contestants decorated bras for Purdue students to vote on during October Think Pink Thursdays. 

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Attended the Purdue Woman’s Basketball Pink out game. 

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Contestants participated in a service project to help survivors and their families with chores around their homes. 

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Met with current fighters and encouraged them through their battle with breast cancer. 

Can you imagine one of your friends, family members, or loved ones being diagnosed with breast cancer?

As the days are numbering down to the big event, we are more than eager to exceed our last years total of $122,000. But we need your help!

Please join Zeta Tau Alpha in the fight of making 1 in 8 to none in 8.

If you would like to get involved with BMOC and join the fight against breast cancer you can go to http://www.bmocpurdue.com/ 

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First Time for FaceTime

Growing up, I’ve always been up to date with technology. Starting with AIM, then the texting on the pink razor flip phone, to now Iphones and Ipads. My grandmas both try to stay up to date with the always-changing technology tools. They both have their emails and their Facebook pages to keep up with the most recent jokes, and pictures of their friends with the occasional comment of “great picture.”

This Christmas we decided to update them again by giving them both Ipad Minis. And boy were they surprised! One grandma didn’t even know what it was when she first opened the gift. Once she figured it out she was elated!

They were both so surprised how they could now check their emails while sitting on the couch instead of sitting at their computer chair. They now had video cameras and new cameras that they could take anywhere and then they could show their friends the pictures right after! But the feature they were most impressed with was Facetime.

Watching each of my grandmas Facetime for the first time was so cool. It was the cutest thing hearing them laugh and repeatedly saying, “can you see me?” to the person on the other side of the camera. They both could not get over how they could see someones face on the other side and the fact that the other person could see them as well. They were just tickled to death.

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My cousins live in Georgia and were unable to come to Indiana this Christmas. So after I gave my grandma a quick lesson on how to use Facetime she was doing it to all by herself. She Facetimed my cousins down south and was able to see them! One of them even answered with a facial mask on, which my grandma got a kick out of!  By being able to see their face and talk to them even though they live miles apart was the best gift of all this Christmas. She can now see them and talk to them everyday even though they live all the way in Georgia. I think we take technology for granted sometimes. We are so blessed with so many different advances that help our world and create opportunities for others that we don’t always think of. Facetime is such an amazing feature that will now allow my grandma to talk and see all of her grandkids whenever she wants even if they may be having a little spa day!

That Water Tower Town

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When you see a water tower you just immediately get the feeling that your in a great community. You’re in a small town that everyone knows everyone, and if they don’t personally know you they know one of your relatives. You drive down the road and everyone waves with their two fingers over the steering wheel.

It’s that one flashing light town with one little convenient store and a little pizza place. On Friday nights in the fall the whole town is at the football game and in the winter they are supporting the basketball team.

It’s a town where traditions to paint the bridge still remain and your parents finding out about it before you even get home. It’s the place where you can count on everyone to be a friend.

The town where the only fun thing to do is drive around and have late night bonfires. It’s a place where retired men go and have their morning coffee at the gas station and find out the latest gossip. It’s the town where faces may change but the last names never do.

It’s a town where people come to reminisce good memories on how things used to be. And when you come back to town they don’t forget your name.

Water Tower Towns are hometowns. You are able to breathe and all your worries go away.

Behind the Clover

As the county fairs in Indiana are winding down, many 4Hers are preparing for the Indiana State Fair or are just relieved that they got their project to their county fair and made it to the show ring.  Whether they earned a purple banner or just won a ribbon, they can say they completed another year of 4H.

There are many stories and articles you read about how 4H is a great youth organization. 4H teaches characteristics that a person can carry on through the rest of their life and teach the next generation.  It instills leadership skills and hard work. As a 10-year 4H member, I can completely agree with every article I read about these topics.  But I think that many people go unrecognized in this program.  Is it all about the kids… yes 100%. But who are behind these kids helping and supporting them to take on these projects each year?

Parents

If it weren’t for the parents, the youth program would not be where it is today.  Moms and dads are the backbone of this great organization. They help in so many ways whether it is with encouraging words, providing money to buy feed driving to 4H meetings or helping with your record book the night before its due. Many parents are your right hand man. They assist in anyway they can even if it late at night washing your jeans before show day.  When show day rolls around they are your biggest cheerleader in the barn. They make sure you have your boots and at least two clean shirts to show in. But for my brother… my mom always throws and extra in the truck. They are just as nervous as you while you wait in the holding ring. During the show, they can’t hold still! But win or lose they are still there for you. They always have something positive to say and are already planning for the next year.

So, Moms and Dads,

Thank you!

My parents and I after my 10 years of $-H.

Siblings

Siblings are taken for granted. Siblings are the ones who get the short end of the stick. They end up doing all the dirty work… cleaning hog pens in the scorching heat, walking your pigs when your gone, or watering your livestock when it is hot out. They spend the early mornings and late nights in the barn with you when you both would rather be in bed. Even though they don’t always act like it siblings love helping out every once in awhile.  They look up to you and are always watching you when it comes show time, even when competing against each other.  They are behind you in the holding ring with your water sprayer and an extra rag just in case. Even though their encouraging words may not always come out the best way they just want the best for you.

Siblings,

Thank you so much!

My brother and I competing against each other my last year.

Supporters

Where would 4H be without all of its supporters? It’s the extension agents, 4H leaders, the farmer down the road, or just a family friend. They are passionate about the program and would do anything for the youth. These people are awesome and don’t get told it enough! They go out of their way to make sure they can make your year in 4H as fun as it was when they were involved. Even though you are not their child, they treat you as you are. They will wake up at 4a.m. to take you to a show 3 hours away or take a weeks vacation just to be at the fair along your side.  These supporters are the ones that let you barrow their scales and let you use their barn to store your trailer. You can’t thank them enough for every thing they do for you.  If it weren’t for their guidance you would not have memories or the passion for the organization as you do.

Supporters,

Thank you for everything you have done!

Terry Miller, the one guy who actually wanted me to show sheep and if it was not for him I wouldn’t have! Thank you also to Gary Grice (not pictured) anything you want to know about pigs ask that guy!

Small Town Business Owners

It’s the lumber store, the local bank, or the car dealer downtown you know them. They are the ones that sponsor the trophy or plaque you win for champion in the breed.  They are the bidders at the auction who may not know the good from the bad in livestock, but they make sure every kid  is recognized for his or her hard work throughout their 4H project. They don’t do it for the glory and the fame; they don’t write a check each year to hear their name on their loud speaker for purchasing a pig. They do it because they are members of the community and they feel it is their responsibility.  These small town business  big and small- do it because they see how this 4H builds skills in the next generation.  To you it may look like a paycheck in the mail for your summer project, but to them it’s the satisfactory of knowing they acknowledged your hard work and efforts that you put into your project.

Small Town Business Owners,

Thank you for your effort and support!

My brother selling his pig in the auction at our county fair.

& of course you can’t forget the ones who love you the most… YOUR GRANDPARENTS!!

All four of my grandparents are always at every show! The ones on the right know nothing about livestock but always show their support!

If it was not for all of the ones above then you would not have the passion, patience, or love to teach the younger generation that you do today.

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