The State – 04/12/22

Rachel Fulton

Panhellenic, Interfraternity Councils raise nearly $100,000 during Greek Week 2022

Greeks at Michigan took over the week of April 4 with fun and informative events during their annual Greek Week.

During Greek Week, sororities and fraternities within the Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council collaborate to put on events to raise money for local charities in the Greater Lansing area. This year, they raised nearly $100,000.

Each sorority partners with each fraternity to form a team and compete in a friendly competition to see which team raises the most money toward a specific cause.

The 14 teams raised a combined total of nearly $100,000 which will benefit over a dozen organizations including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American Cancer Society, the Center for Survivors Capital Area Humane Society and others.

The team that raised the most money was Team 3, composed of Delta Gamma, Sigma Tau Gamma and Phi Gamma Delta. They raised $30,351 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Team 5, composed of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Pi Kappa Phi took home the trophy for first place in Greek Games on April 1.

Team 14 composed of Zeta Tau Alpha, Farmhouse and Psi Upsilon, which represented the Jersey Shore, won the judges over and were the winners of this year’s “Spotlight.”

However, the overall Greek Week champions were Team 10 — Alpha Xi Delta, Triangle and Theta Chi — for their spirit and participation throughout the week.

George Hinchliffe interprets classical music with his Ukulele Orchestra at the Wharton

On April 12 a ukulele orchestra will be coming to the Wharton Center – a first for the East Lansing area, but this Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has been surprising audiences for decades, honing new ways to play popular music.

George Hinchliffe is the leader of this unusual tribe, carrying his orchestra to new heights over an extremely successful career that was not predicted by the public or even Hinchliffe himself.

The orchestra was supposed to be a one-off gig, but audiences wanted more. The musicians were all but forced to continue their performances. But were excited to see such a reaction to their work.

Throughout their 37 year journey in the music industry, the group has gone through a lot of changes.

While the musicians in the orchestra have had a profound impact on the music they play, times have also changed their act.

Hinchliffe continues to change the music they play, keeping their act modern and relatable to audiences, but still working towards the eccentricity of the orchestra, mixing music and stylings.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is ready to bring British humor to Michigan, ready to inspire the audience with punk rock, silly and strange tendencies of the musicians.

Mitten Raised Bakery raising money to support the women and children of Ukraine

Mitten Raised Bakery in East Lansing is raising money to support the women and children of Ukraine through their “Love to Ukraine” fundraiser.

They are currently accepting orders for “The Zelenskyy.”

The vanilla- and lemon-flavored cookie sandwich, named after the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is blue and yellow, representing the colors of the Ukrainian flag, and wrapped in Fruity Pebbles to represent the world’s support.

It also comes with raspberry filling to represent the heart of Ukraine.

They are available for purchase at $10 each.The design was created by the bakery’s owner, Katie Anne Karamol. “I wanted to create a cookie that represented Ukraine, but I also wanted to create something that showed our love and support,” Karamol said in an email.

Tina Shultz, an East Lansing resident, was looking for a way to show her support for the Ukrainian mothers displaced by the violence when she found Mitten Raised fundraiser and placed an order with the bakery. “I’ve had items from Mitten Raised a few times and have always been happy with them. When I saw that the cookies support Ukrainian mothers, I felt the need to support them. I think it’s amazing what Mitten Raised is doing, and wanted to help,” Shultz said.

Based on original reporting by Janelle James, Liz Nass and Jenna Malinowski. Script by Shakyra Mabone.