VIDEO: Zetas think pink

Last week, Zeta Tau Alpha held its annual “Think Pink Week” in efforts to raise money and awareness for breast cancer education and research. Throughout the week, many activities took place for students.

The week kicked off when the sorority “pinked out” the campus Sunday night. Members tied pink ribbons to doors and other objects.

The first main event that took place was the “Bowling for Breast Cancer” event at Gage Bowl. Students paid a small fee, which was donated to the cause, to bowl in teams of five. Giveaways and drawings also took place.

Wednesday night’s event took place at Chipotle. If students ate at the restaurant and presented the flyer or picture of the flyer, half the proceeds were also donated to the cause. While bowling and restaurant fundraisers were also past years’ events, this year, a new event was featured.

The “Big Man on Campus” competition took place Thursday night. The event was a pageant-like competition. Eight leaders, mostly fraternity men, were selected from campus to compete. They were judged on the areas of swimwear, talent and formal wear.

“It was really funny and not your typical philanthropy event,” said Jordyn Buntain, philanthropy chair of ZTA and sophomore nursing major. “It was great to attract a lot of different people. I think it can only get bigger and better now that people actually know what it is. It was definitely a success for its first year.”

Throughout the week, the sorority had a table set up in the union. Along with “Big Man on Campus,” jars were set up with interesting pictures of the contestants. By donating money in the jar, students were able to vote on pictures of “Best Chest.” The runner-up of the Big Man competition was the winner of the “Best Chest” competition, receiving the most money in their jar.

Zeta joined with Washburn’s Family Day to host its annual “Pink Out” football game. Cheerleaders and dancers wore pink T-shirts, while players and coaches wore pink sweatbands.

“We also did something that a lot of people don’t know about,” said Buntain. “We call it ‘flamingo-ing.'”

The act of “flamingo-ing” includes placing 20 or more pink flamingos in the yards of various Zeta alumni and Washburn faculty.

“It’s in hopes of a donation and to spread awareness,” said Buntain. “It’s something that we really enjoy. It’s fun and we all have to be sneaky.”