Fiji hosts May day alternative

” Phi Gamma Delta and Campus Focus will be holding their annual Spico de Mayo on Friday, May 1. The event is held as a May day alternative and promotes sober fun. May day traditionally marks the end of school and the beginning of spring. Consequently, it is notorious for drunken college students and busy police officers and university officials.”

Phi Gamma Delta and Campus Focus will be holding their annual Spico de Mayo on Friday, May 1.

The event is held as a May day alternative and promotes sober fun.

May day traditionally marks the end of school and the beginning of spring. Consequently, it is notorious for drunken college students and busy police officers and university officials.

Campus Focus and the men of Phi Gamma Delta, also known as Fiji, encourage students to join them in a safe May day celebration.

Dave Gressock, a Fiji member who has taken an active role in organizing Spico de Mayo, encourages students from all walks of life to stop by.

Non-Greeks are welcome. I want them to see us in a new light, he said.

We aren’t just a bunch of ‘frat boys’.

There will be a number of sponsors, including Red Bull, Papa Johns and Europe Gyro.

They contacted the sponsors approximately one month ago. Gressock said that he simply explained what they were doing to the local businesses and they were more than happy to help.

These sponsors will be providing free food to students.

We have great sponsors this year, Fiji member Chris Robison said.

Spico de Mayo is a play on the name Cinco de Mayo. Spico replaces Cinco because the event will be held at the Fiji house on Spicer Street.

It begins at 8 p.m. and lasts until midnight.

We’ll be set up at 8 p.m., rain or shine, Gressock said.

Phi Gamma Delta has been a dry house for approximately 10 years.

The members enjoy hosting Spico de Mayo because it draws students to a sober event and keeps them out of potential trouble.

There are so many events that involve drinking around campus. This is a great way to hang out with your friends and actually remember what happened in the morning, Fiji member Jim Schnell said.

Gressock hopes that it helps people realize that there are alternatives to drinking. Activities include volleyball in the front yard and basketball in the back lot.

They will also have corn hole and Amish golf set up in the driveway, and even a projection of a playoff game on the side of the house.

If the forecast calls for rain, they will set up a number of these games in the basement and will have the game playing on a big screen TV inside.

They will have a ping pong table set up inside as well.

There will also be dancing, with one of the Fiji members controlling the stereo.

This event is all about people coming together and having sober fun, Gressock explained.

He continued to say that he hopes stereotypes will be broken.

When asked if he thinks students may not show up because there will be no drinking, Fiji member Josh Rocha hesitated for a moment before answering.

I think University of Akron students are capable of having sober fun, they’re just too drunk to realize it, he joked.