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A Pitt-Johnstown Fraternity was helping clean up downtown Johnstown Saturday morning. More than two dozen Delta Chi Brothers cleaned up City Hall in Johnstown. The organizer of the event says he wants to see more interaction between the city and UPJ students. The fraternity says this is just the first of a number of opportunities they would like to help out with.
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February 20, 2015
Pitt-Johnstown community members should be commended for spreading generosity across campus and throughout the Johnstown community.
After Delta Chi fraternity Vice President Chris Regula had been told by Sodexo employee Vannie Zalar about her loss of three extended-family members, Regula and the brothers decided during a meeting to raise funds to help Zalar.
On Jan. 20, Regula said they had raised $500 within an hour of seeking donations on campus. The brothers contributed an additional $100.
Upon presenting Zalar with a $600 check, Regula said that the expression on her face almost brought him to tears because Zalar was so thankful.
The support from Pitt-Johnstown community members extended to Zalar, after experiencing a tragedy, defines the kind of community we all want to live in.
When we have a loss, community members provide support and succor.
There has also been generosity extended to students. Student Affairs Vice President Shawn Brooks and Sodexo General Manager Victor Costlow gave money to help fund Student Government’s Winter Formal dance.
Brooks said the money he advanced for the dance was money that was supposed to come from the Student Government Association’s budget.
He said he prefers to see Student Government Association funds go toward funding other organizations, but also saw value in having a formal event for Pitt-Johnstown students.
Student Government Association Formal committee chair Casey Ansboro said Costlow donated $500. Costlow said he wanted to help student senators, as he helps support at least one student organization, Habitat for Humanity.
Brooks did not have to allocate funds for the dance and Costlow did not have to advance Sodexo funds.
On Feb. 4, volunteers from St. Vincent de Paul distributed food at Greater Area Johnstown Vocational-Technical School. A Pitt-Johnstown student took coffee purchased from the bookstore for the St. Vincent de Paul volunteer food distributors.
That was a good will show from volunteers in our own community to volunteers beyond us–charity for charity-givers.
We thank everyone who has shown support and donated money or resources to the campus and beyond. It sometimes is the kind of place we all want to live in.
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Bobby Scott, Editor-In-Chief
February 20, 2015
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The Student Union’s Cambria Room was packed with 290 people Thursday to watch 16 male students vie for the Mr. UPJ crown.
The 32nd annual Mr. UPJ Pageant hosted by the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority was a night full of talent, showmanship and etiquette on display.
Junior Stephen Karel was crowned the pageant winner, representing the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.
“It is humbling to be Mr. UPJ, but it wasn’t just me,” Karel said.
It also provides support for education, philanthropy and leadership in local communities.
Philanthropy is imperative when it comes to the sorority’s charitable acts.
Over the past 10 years, the sorority has raised more than $2,000, according to the Pitt-Johnstown admissions’ Twitter account.
It was undetermined as to whether this year’s event reached $2,000, but senior Alpha Gamma Delta Philanthropy Coordinator Amanda Mudgett said that it was the most attended Mr. UPJ Pageant held inside the Cambria Room.
“We had only 250 seats available and sold around 290 tickets,” she said.
“I’m really proud of all the contestants, they really did work hard and were really the best contestants we had since I have gone to school here.”
The pageant started with a formalwear category in which contestants have a chance to show off charm and confidence while dressing dapperly.
Participants walked out to music with Alpha Gamma Delta sisters as escorts.
Next was the sportswear event based on physical fitness and included how skilled the contestants were at a specific sport.
The competition included a kickboxing demonstration, a choreographed boxing match and a hurdler.
After the intermission, the talent category was next in which contestants were judged on talent, performance and creativity.
This event mostly featured lip syncs of popular songs.
The last event was an interview in which each contestant was asked a random question.
Different from years past and as requested by Vice President of Student Affairs Shawn Brooks, not only were they asked a question, but also each participant had to spell a word.
That was not a bright point of the pageant as five of the 16 competitors misspelled their word.
“Creativity has a lot do with how we decided who was the next Mr. UPJ,” Residence Life Director Shaun Hemphill said.
Hemphill was a late fill-in on the judge’s panel for S&S Custom Designs Owner Sheryl Helsel.
He, along with Programming Coordinator Amstrid Gomez and Student Life Assistant Director Jeanne Susko, chose Mr. UPJ as well as the Spirit Award and second and third place.
Education Club representative Bryce Henny won the Spirit award while Panhellenic Council representative Brandon Dargay and Phi Sigma Sigma representative Mike Shields finished runner-up and second runner-up.
The winner, however, was unclear, as there may have been an error in tabulating the judges’ votes.
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