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By Jonathan Ross

The Kappa Chapter is celebrating its second semester in our fully-renovated chapter house by continuing their legacy of success in both philanthropy and recruitment. For starters, Kappa once again participated in the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, the world's largest student-run philanthropy, which raised a record $7.49 million this year for pediatric cancer patients at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Four of our brothers participated in the 46-hour dance marathon as a way to further raise money for pediatric cancer patients.

In addition to THON, Kappa is also planning the 26th annual edition of our Superstars philanthropy, which donates money to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of our late Brother Vincent Sandoe. Superstars, a series of competitions between co-ed teams captained by brothers, such as tug-of-war and relay races, raised over $2,000 last year, and again, we hope to break that mark for this year's event.

On the topic of recruitment, Kappa was able to initiate 12 new brothers last fall, our third consecutive large fall initiate class, putting the chapter at over 60 brothers. We use our completely-renovated chapter house as one of the main focuses of our rush program, in the hope of getting another large class of initiates to further grow our brotherhood.
For these reasons, it is clear that the Kappa Chapter has much success to look forward to in 2009, as we celebrate our 110th continuous year of existence on the Penn State campus.