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Alpha Delta Pi picks the “ADPi Kinda Guy” at spring philanthropy event

British track and field athlete Adam Phillips names all 50 U.S. states during the talent portion of the ADPi Kinda Guy philanthropy event. Photo by Maria Heath | Staff Writer

Last Saturday, Alpha Delta Pi held their spring philanthropy event, ADPi Kinda Guy, to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House of Charities and select their ADPi Kinda Guy, the title bestowed upon their chapter sweetheart.

​Fraternity members from six fraternities and a representative from the track and field team participated in a talent show, but Sigma Phi Epsilon junior Richard Lock took home the title of ADPi Kinda Guy.

​“I am honored and thrilled that the sisters of Alpha Delta Pi voted for me to become their ADPi Kinda Guy,” Lock said. “I am excited to gain bigger and better friendships.”

​Lock won the competition by performing an old show choir routine to Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It” and answering questions about why he deserved to win.

​“A lot of people at Drake know me for being able to sing, and I realized a lot of the other contestants would be doing the same,” Lock said. “I was in the show choir for seven years, and there [was] one song I remember almost in its entirety.”

​Lock rolled in on his trusty scooter and performed the routine to the enjoyment of the audience. Other talents included singing by Reece Dickerson of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Will Franck of Phi Gamma Delta and Phi Theta of Phi Delta Theta. Sigma Chi Matthew Forck played piano, and British track and field athlete Adam Phillips named all 50 of the United States.

First-year Alpha Delta Pi coach Kennedy Freeman said the talent round was her favorite round to coach and watch.

“It’s really enjoyable to see what talents the contestants have prepared,” Freeman said.

Alpha Delta Pi Director of Philanthropy Theresa Sheridan said the interview section of the contest is also a highlight.

“I think [the interview section] allows the contestants to really show their personality, and we also get to know them on a little bit more personal level,” Sheridan said. “We get to see a side of these contestants that we might not normally see.”

While Lock took home the top prize, Phillips was awarded the Dashing Diamond award by the judges, and Forck was crowned the Lion King by the audience.

Freeman said the opportunity to coach a fraternity member was a great way to get more involved.

“I thought being a coach would be a fun way to get even more involved with ADPi,” she said. “I was hoping to get to know more people in the [Fraternity and Sorority Life] community.”

The talent show fundraiser was an event that brought the FSL and Drake communities together. Representatives from the other Panhellenic sororities served as judges, and Saferide bus driver John Lahvic participated as the celebrity judge.

The talent show fundraiser ended a week of Alpha Delta Pi celebrating Ronald McDonald House Charities. Earlier in the week, members of the sorority raised money by being pied in the face with shaving cream. They also hosted a trivia night with general and Ronald McDonald House of Charities-related questions.

Sheridan said Alpha Delta Pi’s philanthropy is important for many reasons—including a personal one.

“When I had surgery as a four-year-old, only one of my parents could stay overnight with me,” she said. “My dad was able to stay [at a Ronald McDonald House] overnight. I know it was a relief to not have to travel the hour-plus drive all the way back to our house.”

ADPi finds ways to support its philanthropy year-round. The chapter visits the Des Moines Ronald McDonald House once a month to make a meal for the 50 guests who live there, and they also collect pop tab donations from their members and the Drake community.

“We collect pop tabs in bulk during our philanthropy week, which normally equates to about 65 pounds each semester,” Sheridan said.

The pop tabs are donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities, which gets money from recycling centers for donating the aluminum.

Alpha Delta Pi will continue to support their philanthropy and build a stronger relationship with their new chapter sweetheart.

“I am excited to get to know the sisters better and have more bonding activities between [our] chapters,” Lock said. “Since we have a national partnership, I [want] to make sure we have a strong local partnership as well.”

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