IUP Greek Life participates in annual ‘Clean the Streets’ event

KATIE VIGUE Staff Writer

Around 400 students participated in this year's Clean the Streets event. (IUP Panhellenic Association)

Those that party hard, must also work hard.

That is the mindset that around 400 IUP students adopted on Sunday, as IUP’s Greek Life gathered to participate in the annual “Clean the Streets” event.

The event, which saw students meet outside of Folger Student Center, followed a weekend of large parties and increased traffic on campus, commonly known as IUPatty’s.

The university’s 11 sororities and nine fraternities were assigned different streets in the surrounding community. Their mission was to clean up the trash and litter that accumulated over the weekend.

Lydia Brink (junior, criminology), the Vice President of Finance and Philanthropy for the Panhellenic Association believes the event is an important one.

“After big weekends like these, I think it’s so important for Greek Life to give back to the community that already gives so much to us. It’s so important to understand how stressful these weekends can be for residents of Indiana, and during clean the streets we have 20 chapters that clean various neighborhoods nearby.”

IUP’s various Greek Life organizations usually host the largest parties during IUPatty’s and other busy weekends and are likely one of the biggest reasons for increased foot traffic through the community. The high foot traffic is the likely reason for much of the litter during IUPatty’s.

“I believe that it is important for Greek life to clean streets as it shows that we care how the town and university look to the visitors that come to campus on a daily basis,” said Carson Hellerman (junior, hospitality management).

Many of the areas covered include neighborhoods where community members live. The event provides a good opportunity for Greek Life to give back to the community after the weekend of large parties.