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Greeks head for stadium to play ball

November 1, 2000

The MSU football team will be at Ohio State this weekend, but Spartan Stadium will still be alive with the sights and sounds of football.

Theta Chi will be hosting its fourth annual powder puff football tournament in the stadium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with all of the proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Students are encouraged to come watch the games, and there is no admission, said Mike Tietema, the fraternity’s vice president.

“I think it’s really exciting the event is going to be in Spartan Stadium this year,” he said. “I hope everyone has fun, no one gets hurt and we can make a lot of money to help the hospital.”

Tietema, a supply chain management junior, said everyone at MSU has been extremely cordial in helping him set up this weekend’s event.

This is the first year Theta Chi is holding the event in the stadium; the games were previously played at Munn field, said Mike Lomonaco, a criminal justice junior and Theta Chi social chair.

“Eleven sororities will compete against each other, seven-on-seven, in a round-robin, single-elimination format,” Lomonaco said. “Some of our brothers will be refereeing and others will be coaching the sororities.”

The champions will receive a trophy, donated by Larry Cushion Trophies & Engraving, 310 N. Clippert St. in Lansing and T-shirts donated by Artworks, 111 N. Harrison Ave.

Tiffany Finlan, Panhellenic president, said the sororities love to play powder puff and get really pumped up for the event.

“I think it’s awesome they’re actually going to play in the stadium Big Ten teams play in,” Finlan said. “Hopefully it will give people more of an incentive to get involved, in order to raise money for the kids in the hospital.”

Kappa Alpha Thetas are the defending champions from last year’s event and are looking to repeat this weekend, sorority member Heather Willson said.

“We are very excited to play this weekend and we’ve been practicing a lot,” the communication junior said. “Basically we’re out there to have fun; we’re all friends.”

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