Courtesy Angela Lowery
If you have ever wanted to see your favorite professor dressed in their spookiest, scariest, most festive Halloween garb, Alpha Phi Omega (APO) has you covered. Every year, the service fraternity hosts the Spooky Spartan, one of its fall philanthropic events.
“Essentially, professors and other people from around campus submit pictures to us and then people vote via donations,” said Amanda Richardson, APO’s service vice president, who was responsible for planning the event this year.
Four to six individuals submit their photographs to the contest each year. This year, the group of five participants included physics Professor Diana Driscoll and sociology Professor Jennifer Montez.
The individual who receives the highest number of donations chooses a charity, which receives all of the proceeds. Some of the organizations that have been selected in past years include the American Cancer Society and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.
“The biggest challenge is reaching out to the professors and trying to get a decent amount to respond since, obviously, all the professors are really busy, which we understand,” said Richardson.
This year’s winner was Angela Lowery, assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning. She chose to donate the $50 to CWRU Relay for Life.
APO hosts several events like Spooky Spartan throughout the year, giving members of the campus community an opportunity to give back. Popular annual events include Jail and Bail, where people donate money to bail their favorite students and professors out of a jail cell on the quad (or donate to keep them in), and the March for Marfan 5K walk to raise money for Marfan Syndrome.