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TKE Holds a “Coffee House” Fundraiser

By Carlo Valladares
Assistant News Editor Skjermbilde 2014-04-08 kl. 22.23.40

Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), a fraternity waiting for official national recognition as a legitimate chapter, held a fundraiser on March 26 at The End Zone, in Hillwood Commons. Approximately 50 students attended the event, which raised money for Relay for Life, a 12-hour, overnight event that aims to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., students were entertained by live music provided by fellow students. Eric Simonson, a junior Marketing major and fundraising chair for TKE, was pleased with the attendance.

With its stage and a PA system, the sports bar allowed students to bring their own instruments and amplifiers to perform in front of the audience. The six student acts ranged from acoustic sets to duet covers. “I’m doing all originals and covers tonight,” said Daniel DeMarco, a sophomore Biology major, as he prepared for his solo acoustic set.

Daniel Shinn, a senior Computer Science major and TKE member, announced all the performers before they arrived on stage and even provided his own parodied a cappella version of Drake’s hit song, “Hold on We’re Going Home.”

Raffles also took place, which included prizes such as four passes to Adventureland and two tickets to see “Bring It On,” courtesy of the Tilles Center. All the proceeds went to Relay for Life.

Post will host its first Relay for Life event on April 25, on the Great Lawn, beginning at 5 p.m.

The raffle, according to members of TKE, did not raise a lot of money. When asked why, the members were not able to comment. However, Joey Figueroa, a senior Psychology major and president of TKE, claimed that the event was a success in other ways. “I would definitely call it a successful program in terms of publicity.”

According to, Tau Kappa Epsilon was founded in 1989 at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. The international fraternity has over 270 active chapters and colonies located throughout the United States and Canada. When it receives official recognition, it will become LIU Post’s sixth fraternity on campus, joining Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, and Phi Iota Alpha.

In its Feb. 25 issue, The Pioneer reported that Theta Chi was still only a colony and it remains as such. Like Theta Chi, TKE is on its way to becoming a nationally recognized chapter. In order for students to create a specific Greek chapter at Post, Student Life and Leadership Development must approve it.

“I’d like to thank everyone who came out and supported not only us, but Relay for Life. I think we had a really great and successful night. We look forward to putting on more events that people can come and enjoy,” Simonson said.

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