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Cyte nnia l Editi on!

Volume 4 Issue 2 Iowa State University Greek Community October 2012

1912 Taking Ames

2012 by Storm!


Meet the Letters Team

Meet the Letters Team Homecoming Central

Happy Homecoming and Halloween from the CPC VP of Communications Sara Schlueter and the CPC VP of Marketing Megan McDonagh


Γ Fall Blood Drive Δ Food on Campus Ε&Z GreekFest Η&Θ Cardinal Court Κ Mass Campaniling Λ&Μ Yell Like Hell Ν&Ξ 100 Years of

IFC VP of Communications Caleb Evers and IFC VP of Marketing Freddy Fifield


Ο&Π 100 Years of



History of


@ISUGreek Greek Community Iowa State University

Greek Relations Executive Council Ashleigh Belin Pi Beta Phi Mary-Kate Burkert Alpha Delta Pi Alyssa Czapla Pi Beta Phi Abby Ehrler Sigma Kappa Jana Horstman Gamma Phi Beta Melissa Gofforth Delta Delta Delta Jackie Howell Kappa Delta Jamie Lauten Gamma Phi Beta Michael Mulvihill Alpha Tau Omega Chelsey Rouse Gamma Phi Beta Kristine Roush Pi Beta Phi Amelia Thorne Kappa Alpha Theta


Homecoming Central Committee 2012 BY SAM STONEHOCKER

Alicia Snyder Morgan Foldes Maura Tobin Melanie Anderson Kylie Vetter Stephanie O'Brien Ashley Olberding Bryce Johnson Steve Harm Joe Klaes Graye Farnum Paul Nahnsen Dillon Blazina Helen Bennett


General Co-Chair General Co-Chair Alumni Relations Alumni Relations Campus Involvement Campus Involvement Cardinal Court Tournaments Tournaments Tournaments Centennial Celebration Centennial Celebration Community Service Community Service

Katie Walter Ashley Kruger Aaron Williams Adriana Dubbelde Alex Dzurik Joe Camaroli Katie Ginapp Mariah Rud Mary-Kate Burkert Jordan Fitzimmons Tory Kalousek Carly Taylor Lizzy Gerdis

Cysquad Displays Displays Food on Campus Food on Campus Kick Off Event Kick Off Event Public Relations Public Relations Special Events Special Events Yell Like Hell Yell Like Hell

The Greek Community would like to thank the Homecoming Central Committee for all of their hard work! Homecoming would not be possible without you!


Greeks Participate in the Fall Blood Drive By Jana Horstman Iowa State’s 2012 Fall Blood Drive was a huge success. With 2,525 units of blood collected, it was the largest fall blood drive yet. Communication played a big role in this accomplishment. As the Blood Drive Co-Directors stated, “Effective communication is very important in any organizational committee as large as we are, where communicating between ourselves as directors, to our executive team, to our overall committee, to the blood centers, and to the student body, is all crucial to the drive’s success.” Iowa State is one of the largest student run blood drives in the nation. Due to this continued achievement, there are not many extreme changes that occur from year to year. However, this year the co-directors worked on improving the volunteer process in order to take full advantage of the number of volunteers and their usefulness. Donating blood is a very gratifying experience. Co-Director, Aaron Lorch said, “It’s extremely rewarding to know that our drive potentially saved 7,575 lives throughout Iowa. We attribute our success to our hardworking organizational team, blood centers, volunteers, sponsors, and of course, donors.”


Top 3 Pairings for Blood Drive 2012: 1. ΓΦΒ, ΑΓΡ, ATΩ, ΛΧA 2. KKG, ΠKA, BΘΠ 3. AOΠ, BΣΨ, ΣΠ


Food on Campus a Success By Melissa Gofforth

This year’s Homecoming Pancake Feed was a great success. Over 750 people were served and over 3,000 pancakes were flipped. Chris Cakes, a business started in Pocahontas, Iowa, is the pancake provider that was used again this year. The Homecoming Central Committee began this event in 2009 to offer a fun event to entertain students, faculty, and alumni before the awards show for the Greek Community, and the fireworks display at midnight. The Pancake Feed was added to fill the time between Homecoming events and to help promote alcohol free activities the night of homecoming. The idea was greatly supported by The food on campus events had a record breaking amount both the University and the city of Ames. of involvement this year. Over 12,000 meals were served and the Homecoming Central Food on Campus Co-Chairs, Alex Dzurik and Ana Dubbelde, did a great job of reducing the line wait time, and bringing more local companies to campus.



NPHC Holds Ann By Jackie Howell

Homecoming traditions were in full force Friday, October 26 for the 100th Homecoming at Iowa State University. GreekFest this year was a showcase sponsored by the National PanHellenic Council featuring a stroll competition with other performances in between. Spectators were able to get a discount on their entrance fee with a canned good at the door.

“Each chapter was assigned another chapter to represent in which they performed each other’s specific movements. There is a lot of research that has to be done on the other organization to be able to represent it well,” Olmeda said. “This creates more understanding and bonds within the community.”

In the past years GreekFest has held different competitions such as stepping or variety contests said Nathan Olmeda, the graduate advisor for the National Pan-Hellenic Council. This year the competition held three rounds of strolling. Strolling is different from stepping because it is choreographed dance that is often performed in a straight line that includes versus and rhythmic sounds through claps and stomps. Strolling also includes historic chants that are specific to each sorority and fraternity.

The judges for the competition were representatives of many of Iowa State’s NPHC organizations’. The strolling was judged based on originality, creativity, and appropriateness. First place received a cash prize of three hundred dollars.

“The traditional history of strolling originated with tribes from various regions including Africa, when families performed ‘ring shouts’,” Olmeda said. “Each tribe and family had dance movements specific to them. This progressed to what strolling is today. You can tell an organization just by the movements they perform in their stroll.”

The National Pan-Hellenic Council pushed to increase attendance this year by inviting alumni, family, and other chapters from across the country. Some of the chapters that attended the event came from Colorado and parts of the Midwest. The event this year was a success with 150 members in attendance, and the event raised 100 canned goods for SHOP, the on campus food bank. “In the future, the event will include invitations to neighboring chapters to participate in the competition,” Olmeda said.

Each chapter got to stroll to the music of their choice during round one. The second round was the DJ’s choice and the chapters that were competing had to stroll to a song chosen at random. The final round was called the “Roll Reversal”.



nual GreekFest



Greeks on Ca Ryan Helling Farmhouse

What has been your best leadership experience at ISU and why? Undergraduate Facilitator for Leadership ISU Class- I loved having the opportunity to work with new students and help them realize their leadership potential. After being in the class myself, it was really rewarding being able to advise and mentor students still finding their way at Iowa State.

What is your favorite part of ISU's Homecoming? “Yell Like Hell” has been my favorite Homecoming tradition since I was painted up my first year. It is an extremely unique component of our celebration that makes you feel so much cyclone pride.

How has your ISU experience prepared you for your future?

I have had the opportunity to be a part of numerous organizations and meet a diverse group of people while at Iowa State. I believe that the experiences I’ve had will allow me to be successful in any new environment. Being Greek changed my life. I have a lifetime organization and community to always call home. I have friends that will be in my corner as I face new challenges in the real world.

What has been your best leadership experience at ISU and why? My best leadership experience has been serving on the Ames City Council as the student representative. Not only do I get to represent all students, but I represent them in a city which values the student population and works to make Ames a home away from home.

What is your favorite part of ISU’s Homecoming? My favorite part of ISU Homecoming is the sense of community it brings as well as the reminiscing of the past, celebrating of the current and establishing a promising future. The traditions will always tie all Iowa Staters together no matter which part of ISU history they are in and to me, this realization is the best part of Homecoming.

How has your ISU experience prepared you for your future?

Iowa State University has provided me with a great education and opportunities to grow in leadership and to grow as a productive member of my community. During my time at Iowa State, I have enjoyed representing students in various capacities and would like to continue this sense of civic duty in the future. Coming to Iowa State and receiving a very well rounded education was the best decision of my life and has been a great investment for my future.


Sawyer B Kappa A


ardinal Court

Baker Alpha Theta


Joe Hora Alpha Gamma Rho

What has been your best leadership experience at ISU and why? The best leadership experience for me has been the time serving as the Interfraternity Council President. Through this role I have had the opportunity to work closely with the Office of Greek Affairs, a talented executive board, and 29 fraternity chapters on campus. This role has taught me how to deal with adversity, conflict, and even frustration. This position really opened me up to the Iowa State Greek Community as a whole. It has reassured me that that our Community is one of the best in the nation and we are fortunate to be able to live in it!

What is your favorite part of ISU’s Homecoming? There is no possible way for me to point out the one part about Homecoming that I like most. Homecoming is great because it involves students, faculty, alumni, and friends of Iowa State. The event has gone on since 1912 and will continue to bring the Iowa State Community together for years to come! Whether it’s traditional events, fireworks, lawn displays, tailgates, “Yell like Hell”, or the football game, Homecoming will always make us proud to be Cyclones. Throughout my college career I have been fortunate to partake in everything that Homecoming represents and the many traditions at Iowa State. I continue to look forward to coming back and supporting this university!

How has your ISU experience prepared you for your future? The experiences that I will always look back on are the relationships, networks, and connections that I was able to make throughout my 4 years at Iowa State. Diversifying myself on campus gave me the opportunity to connect and learn from a number of great individuals. I am confident that these personal connections and learning opportunities on campus that I have been a part of, have given me the necessary tools and understanding for a successful career.


Greeks on Cardinal Court What has been your best leadership experience at ISU and why? My best leadership experience was as Co-Executive Director of The 10,000 Hours Show. This was the first time ISU 10k was separate from any other university, so we had the challenge of getting all our own funding and making up for volunteer hours that would typically be provided by other schools. We ended up raising a lot of money, and more than doubled the volunteer hours recorded that year compared to the previous one. All in all, it was really fun to work with my other Co-Executive Director, Rachel Owen, and lead our 11-person staff to such a successful year.

Pasha Beresnev ACACIA

What is your favorite part of ISU’s homecoming? I am a big fan of lawn display. Although I haven't always put in the amount of time I would have liked, it's always fun to go out there and work on such a big construction and art project. The skits are always amazing, and seeing every pairing's take on lawn display makes it so enjoyable. Acacia's pairing has often done well in it, so that's definitely part of why I like it so much!

How has your ISU experience prepared you for your future? It's hard to believe all I've done at ISU, from taking engineering classes in French, to working on a volunteer project in India, to organizing events for 2,500 Cyclone Alley members. A lot of my experiences have been tough, but the fact that I made it through them prepares me to take on just about anything in the future. Iowa State has given me so many skills I didn't have before, including public speaking, time management, and an incredible education. Looking back on my time here, and how scared I was at the beginning of my study abroad, before going to India, or when I had to give my first campus tour, it's funny to think how easy those things eventually became. There aren't too many things I'd say I'm scared of trying now, so whatever the future holds, I'm willing to give it a shot!

What has been your best leadership experience in college and why?

Ben Zelle Alpha Gamma Rho

My best leadership experience has been serving as an Iowa FFA State Officer (2010-2011) and getting to travel around our state developing and enriching the lives of FFA Members.

What is your favorite part of ISU Homecoming? Lawn Displays and Yell Like Hell. I love being part of Lawn display and seeing weeks of planning and building come together for a night of exCYtment. Watching the painted “Yell Like Hell” also is a neat experience.

How has your time at Iowa State prepared you for your future? Involvement in the Greek Community, in clubs and organizations on and off of campus, academics, athletics, and networking have all been essential to preparing me for a successful future. I wouldn't be who I am today without all of these experiences!


Mass Campaniling: an Iowa State Tradition By Abby Ehrler

At Iowa State, they say you’re not a true Iowa Stater until you’ve been kissed under the campanile at midnight. In 1977, the tradition of mass campaniling began, making it easier to become a true Iowa Stater. Mass campaniling began on Thursday, October 27, 1977 when the Iowa State Pep Band marched on to Central Campus playing the fight song, leading a crowd of excited students.Cy made a special appearance, throwing jelly beans into the crowd. As it got closer to midnight, the crowds increased and fireworks were lit. At midnight, the band stopped playing and 500 students kissed as the bells chimed. The band resumed after the last chime, playing “Speak Softly Love,” the love theme from the hit movie The Godfather. Thirty-five years later, the tradition of mass campaniling is still alive and well, with thousands of kids making their way to central campus on the Friday night of Homecoming. Jelly beans aren’t a part of campaniling anymore, but breath mints are definitely encouraged.

Photo courtesy of the library archives



Yell Like Hell

By Alyssa Czlapa

For almost 50 years, ISU has had a Homecoming tradition unique to any other universities. Throughout Homecoming week it is common to hear yelling, stomping and cheering throughout central campus in an event different than many others: Yell Like Hell. In 1963 Yell Like Hell, was held behind the armory as a competition, including not only Greek chapters but dormitory residences as well. It was judged on enthusiasm, originality and appropriateness and consisted of a 10-minute skit, poetry reading and a small cheer.

Top 3 Yell Like Hell Skits: 1. AΔΠ, ΔTΔ, ACACIA 2. ΓΦΒ, ΑΓΡ, ATΩ, ΛΧA 3. ΔΔΔ, ΣΦE, ΘΔX


During the 1970’s poetry readings were eliminated from Yell Like Hell, and a stronger emphasis was placed on the skits. These short skits included ISU traditions, superstitions and were intended to pump up the crowd for the Homecoming game. Around this same time, residence hall participation died out. In the 1980s, showing off school spirit became a huge component of Yell Like. This resulted in participants getting painted in red and yellow from head to toe after the first round of the competition. When residence hall participation reemerged in the 1980s, new criteria continued to be added to this tradition. A stomp was added in 2001, which includes stomping, clapping and step combinations. Multiple chants were also included, instead of just performing the fight song. Yell Like Hell co-chair, Carly Taylor, said “Next year we hope to get a large non-Greek involvement in this unique experience.” This will add to campus involvement in such a unique activity. Since 2002, Greek chapters have been he only participants in Yell Like Hell and the judging criteria has continued to evolve. Taylor said “Yell Like Hell participants are scored on many different things including, pep and spirit, yelling expression and portrayal of the Homecoming theme.” Yell Like Hell is a tradition like no other at Iowa State that allows current students and community members to embrace the Cyclone spirit and enjoy Homecoming in a unique and exciting way.


2012 Yell Like Hell first cuts

Above: Yell Like Hell 1980


The winning Yell Like Hell skit from 1987


100 Years of H 1938 marching band preforming at the game

The 1923 entrance welcoming alumni home.

Left: The 1929 Homcoming queen at the football game

Right: 1945 Cheerleaders

Below: Steele Jantz at the 2012 Homecoming game

1980 Homecoming football game


1985 Homecoming football game


Homecoming 1954 Homecoming Co-Chairs

1951 lawn display in front of Kappa Delta

Above: The 1948 Homecoming dance with music by the Elliot Lawrence Band


Above: Cy’s debut during the 1954 homecoming Left: The 1912 football team


100 Years of H Painting Victory Lane 2012

Greek yard display from 1946

Right: 1980 Yell Like Hell on Central Campus

Below: 1949 Greek Lawn display



Homecoming Right: 2012 Yell Like Hell competition

Below: 1968 Greek lawn decoration


Above: The 1956 Homecoming pep rally Left: The marching band performs during half time at the 1974 Homecoming football game


The History of

By Freddy Fifield and Michael Mulvihill


The first official Homecoming football game against the University of Iowa. ISU lost 20-7.

1919 A year later, infront of 7,000 fans, the Cyclones won their first Homecoming game against Kansas State 46-0.

1945 1918 A flu epidemic forced Homecoming to be cancelled.

1945 marked the start of some of the long standing HC traditions such as: decorations, pajama relay, parade, bonfire and pep BBQ.


1920 For the first time a decoration winner was announced. Sigma Alpha Epsilon took first-place honors. The Cyclones lost to the U of I 10-14.


f Homecoming 1953 After beating the University of Missouri the students demanded “No school on Monday” and took to the streets in a riot!

2012 Iowa State celebrated it’s 100th Homecoming by beating Baylor 35-21. Pictured above is the life size butter replica of Cy made by Sarah Pratt, the Iowa State Fair’s resident butter sculptor.

1974 This was the last Homcoming football game played at Clyde Williams Stadium (pictured to the right).

1963 Kappa Kappa Gamma won the first ever Yell Like Hell competition!

1981 The first year that banner displays were a part of the festivities.

1994 Painting Victory Lane was added to the competitions.



Iowa State CYtennial 2012  

The Homecoming edition celebrating Iowa State's 100th Homecoming. Includes historical information and pictures!

Iowa State CYtennial 2012  

The Homecoming edition celebrating Iowa State's 100th Homecoming. Includes historical information and pictures!