One of the most heated rivalries in all of college sports - between
St. Lawrence and Clarkson in hockey, of course - became the unlikely
impetus for a team effort that benefited local health-care organizations.
A St. Lawrence sorority and a Clarkson fraternity put the rivalry aside
and joined forces for a good cause that will benefit two health-care organizations.
Prior to the men's hockey game at Clarkson's Cheel Arena on Friday, January 27,
12 men from Sigma Phi Epsilon will gathered at the Kappa Delta Sigma
sorority house in Canton. In a display of rivalry-defying hospitality, KDS hosted
the fellows for dinner, after which pairs of runners from both organizations ran the
puck back to Potsdam, in time to drop it on the ice at Cheel for the 7 p.m. face-off.
Both groups collected donations and sponsorships for the event, with proceeds
going to Canton-Potsdam Hospital and the American Cancer Society. They also collected
donations at the game, and presented the hospital's foundation with a check for
According to former KDS president Amy Benvenuti '06, of Barre, Vermont, who
coordinated the event, the idea came from members of "SigEp."
"They approached me at the end of last semester to suggest the idea and both houses
were very enthusiastic about it," Benvenuti says, adding that they also did most of
the, uh, leg work necessary to pull the event off. "They divided the route into sections.
There are 12 one-mile intervals with drivers making the exchange of runners each
mile. New York State troopers have been identified and are in complete support of
this activity! The guys at SigEp are completely
to thank for this idea and organizing most everything. They have been amazing and it
has been a pleasure to work with them."
Photo credits: top two photos of the "puck run," above, Grant Currie
Bottom photo, of check presentation: Christopher Lenney
Men's Hockey At St. Lawrence
Posted: January 30, 2006