Alpha Chi Rho brothers were ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’


Aimme Gmuer

Robert Morris University receives a fresh dusting of snow in Dec., 2018.

John Blinn, Assistant News Editor

MOON TOWNSHIP — Students at Robert Morris University may have seen an unusual sight on their way to and from classes as they passed the campsite of several brothers of Alpha Chi Rho, who were “Freezin’ for a Reason.”

The campsite was set up Monday through Friday outside of the Nicholson Center. The purpose of the campsite was to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The brothers slept in tents all throughout the week and people in passing for donations.

“The whole point was just to try to get as much money as we could and give it to the American Cancer Society,” said Dylan Hernandez, who organized the event.

Despite the relatively simple look of the campsite that students saw for the event, there was actually a lot of things happening behind the scenes that students may not be aware of.

“We had to set up getting all of the tents and stuff, that’s a big need if we were going to be sleeping out here, and then I also went and talked to local businesses about donations,” said Hernandez.

Several activities took place during the campout as alternative attempts to encourage people to donate.

“One of the things to get money was ‘Snowball a Brother for a Dollar,’ so we kind of used to that to our advantage since we looked cold so people wanted to donate,” said Hernandez.

The event was deemed to be successful as the brothers managed to raise up to several hundred dollars.

“Just in cash we made $416 just in the past three days, and we also used Venmo, so people donated over $100 on that, so we are probably around $530-$550,” said Hernandez.

This is not the first time that the fraternity has set up camp on campus, they have done the event for several years.

“Last year, it rained the whole week, so having the snow made it a lot different,” said Hernandez.

To learn more about the American Cancer Society click here.