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ZTA, A-State prepare for Think Pink Week

By Bethany Gallimore
On October 10, 2013

As October continues, some students begin to think in terms of orange and black when preparing for Halloween and the fall season. However, the upcoming Think Pink Week for Breast Cancer Awareness encourages students to turn their mind to a different color–pink.

The second annual Think Pink Week will begin Monday, Oct. 21 and continue through Friday Oct. 25. The events, a yogurt eating contest, a Pinkout football game and numerous breast cancer awareness booths, will be hosted or supported by the ASU chapter of the fraternity for women, Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA).

ZTA is not just concerned with raising awareness of this cancer, which affects one in eight women across the United States, according to ZTA information flyers. Leah McDaniel, senior photojournalism major of Jonesboro and ZTA first vice president, said a major part of Think Pink week is prevention education.

“Early detection is the best way to become a survivor if you do have breast cancer,” McDaniel said.

Think Pink Week events will kick off Monday, Oct. 21 as ZTA sisters distribute pink ribbons and prevention information sheets on the first floor of the student union.

Tuesday, festivities continue with A-State’s Pinkout football game against Louisiana-Lafayette. The athletic department will encourage football players to wear pink accents in their uniforms in support of breast cancer awareness week.

“The athletic department has been great with helping us out and getting us involved in their event,” McDaniel said. ZTA members will host information booths in conjunction with the football game to reach as many students, faculty and game attendees as possible.

“It’s a Tuesday night game, and we’re hoping attendance will be just as great as for a normal Saturday night game,” McDaniel said.

Wednesday, A-State’s volleyball team will show out in their support of breast cancer awareness with their own Think Pink game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The match will tip off at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center.

Think Pink continues Thursday with a yogurt-eating contest on Heritage Plaza lawn at noon. Teams of four will participate in a relay-style eating race passing the yogurt among themselves, and the team that finishes first will be the winner.

Pre-registration forms will be available through ZTA, and registration fees will be directed back through ZTA to their philanthropy fund.

“All the pink lids (from the yogurt containers) go to our Save Lids to Save Lives campaign that we’re doing with Yoplait,” McDaniel said. “It was a lot of fun last year, there was yogurt everywhere,”

ZTA hopes to finalize plans for an IHOP fundraiser for Friday, for which details are still being mapped out.

“We’re going to be hosting a benefit night, hopefully, at IHOP,” McDaniel said. “It hasn’t been fully confirmed yet on both ends; we’re still waiting on confirmation.”

“We’re not only raising awareness for people who have been affected by (breast cancer), but we’re raising awareness for people who need to check for it and do monthly exams,” said Chelsea Murphy, a sophomore nursing major of Pocahontas, ZTA member and co-chair of Think Pink Week.

McDaniel said, “We don’t just pass out the pink ribbons, we also pass out the shower cards, which basically explain how to do self-exams.”

Breast cancer awareness is a very real issue for ZTA sisters, according to McDaniel. Several members have close family members or friends who have lived through breast cancer, and McDaniel herself has a grandmother who was affected by the cancer.

“(Breast cancer) runs in my family, so it’s close to my heart as well,” McDaniel said.

“I think that everyone has been affected by it in some way,” Murphy said.

ZTA and the American Cancer Society recommend monthly breast self-examinations for both men and women, and yearly mammograms and clinical exams for women who are 40 years or older.

“It’s something that affects both men and women, and a lot of people don’t realize that,” McDaniel said.

ZTA was recolonized on the A-State campus in fall 2012, making this the second year for the fraternity for women to host Think Pink week in honor of their designated philanthropy.

“We had so much fun last year,” McDaniel said. “We hope that everyone will be rocking their pink!”

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