'Thon Chair Helps Deliver Top-five Performance

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Consider this fact: There are only two architecture students at Penn State who are also members of a Greek organization. And, one of them happens to be Alpha Mu brother, Matt Long. A junior from Berwyn, Pa., Long rushed Pi Kappa Phi the spring of his freshman year. His cousin, Mark Minerd '03, was already in the house, and Steve DiOrio, a friend from the dorm, had decided to pledge Alpha Mu. With influence from these brothers and others, his decision was made - Pi Kappa Phi.


Moving into the house in the fall of 2003, Long found himself to be helping to lead the chapter's largest philanthropy event - 'Thon 2004. The fall fund-raising efforts, shared with the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega, involved letter writing, canning and door-to-door solicitations. And once the spring semester came, every weekend was spent on some prime intersection in the hometown of a fellow Alpha Mu brothers - cities in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania. With an already demanding schedule with his architecture studies, Long had many late nights maintaining a balance between his academic and fraternity responsibilities ... and he did it.


On the weekend of Feb. 20-22, 2004, Long along with fellow dancers (and top money-raisers!) Gregory Smore, Jay Pullano, Brian Chester and Tim Eberle joined the more than 700 Penn State students in Rec Hall for 'Thon 2004. Armed with new shoes, new insoles, baby powder and a few tennis balls, the Alpha Mu 'Thon team not only endured the 48-hour dance marathon, but they did so with enormous pride, having delivered nearly $174,000 to the Four Diamonds Fund and placing second among all participating Penn State Greek chapters.


The Four Diamonds Fund helps families who have children with cancer, assisting them with medical expenses and allowing the families to concentrate on the emotional factors involved with the horrible illness. Since its inception, students in the dance marathon have raised over $25 million for kids with cancer - nearly $3.6 million this year alone. Brother Long was pleased to have Alpha Mu's sponsored child, Holly Gaston, in attendance at 'Thon 2004.


Our best wishes to Brother Long as he continues his scholastic and fraternity endeavors at Penn State.

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