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Delta Sigma Phi Jumps for Charity

Students enjoying the chilly water (Northern Review photo/Holly Dyer)

Delta Sigma Phi’s annual Polar Plunge has served as a unique way to unite the campus community for seven years.  Students participating Delta Sigma Phi’s annual Polar Plunge took a leap into the University Circle pond in support of the fraternity’s national philanthropy, the American Red Cross. 

Participants receive a shirt and an icy experience for their donation.  The brothers, in full support of the Plunge, can be sponsored to jump in for a small donation.  However, the brother may buy it out by donating twice the amount.

Andrew Ickes, the vice president of the fraternity and organizer of the event, says the Polar Plunge is a great way to get the campus and community involved in the philanthropic efforts of the fraternity.  Even the Ada Liberty Fire Department joins in on the fun- the ice rescue team trains incoming members at the event.  One firefighter reports that in years prior they have found office chairs, bicycles, and a variety of other items in the lake when clearing it for the event. 

The fraternity has raised over $10,000 in the seven-year history of the event.  The Polar Plunge is sponsored by several local businesses, including Tavern 101 and Viva Maria.  Hundreds of jumpers have been a part of this movement, an event that exemplifies the philanthropic sprit and enthusiastic initiative of Ohio Northern’s Polar Bears.

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