Fraternity Offers Smashing Good Time

Tricia Peterson, [email protected], is a senior Mass Media major

Smashing anything can make a person feel better but when it’s for a good cause that makes it even better.

Washburn’s Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Colony is sponsoring a piano smash on the Memorial Union Lawn this Thursday in an effort to raise funds so that they can become a recognized fraternity at WU.

“It’s basically a fundraiser and an awareness bringer for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity for men,” said Nick Scott, senior music performance major. “It’s the world’s largest music fraternity. We used to have chapter here at Washburn University and people lost interest and it kind of went to the wayside about 20 years ago. I and some of my buddies have worked very hard to bring it back and I feel like it’s a very beneficial thing.”

Scott is a fifth year Washburn Student who plays the trumpet and has studied it for many years. He has been recruiting members for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and stresses that members don’t have to be music majors – they just need to love music.

As a colony, they are recognized by the national fraternity headquarters but they haven’t been initiated. Once they become initiated and finish the colony process, they will become a full-fledged chapter and be recognized nationally and the members will be then be considered brothers.

The piano has one sole purpose – to be smashed to bits and it isn’t a nice piano, either.

“We had a piano donated to us from a lady out in the Kansas City area, she said she needed to get rid of it because it was in terrible shape and it doesn’t even hardly work,” said Scott. “So we got it and painted it all up and we will have it out there Thursday and we’ll be accepting donations and we will have some refreshments for people, so I think it’s going to be a really big thing.”

The colony and the piano will be on the lawn from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and can be smashed by anyone who is interested.