As spring semester begins, another Xi Man season begins with it. What is Xi Man Season? It is easily one of Alpha Xi Delta’s favorite seasons. As a senior, I knew that I was going to want to cherish every second of these few weeks. But if you think that one Xi Man season is like the others, you are wrong as I was. Every year, the Xi man candidates seem to exceed the expectations of the whole chapter. As the Alpha Xi Delta household was showered with gifts and treats, you could really feel the love from each of the fraternity candidates running with the hope of becoming Alpha Xi Delta’s Xi Man for the 2016 year.
Alpha Xi Delta combines the honor of a sweetheart competition with a love for raising money and awareness for our philanthropy, Autism Speaks every year. Candidates from the fraternities of Alpha Tau Omega, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Upsilon, Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Nu, Sigma Pi and Zeta Beta Tau all had one brother each represent them in the competition. On top of putting on partial proceeds for our philanthropy, having brother’s come out to our Intramural games with big signs that read “I Love The Ladies of Alpha Xi,” and making sure to try and learn all of our names (all 173!), they participate in a friendly Field Day.
Xi Man Field Day is held in the open field of Lake Claire on UCF’s campus, right at the end of Greek Park. The whole greek community, fraternities and sororities, came out to sign in to support their favorite guy while him and his team compete for the trophy of Field Day winner. On ary 22, 2016 at 6pm, the festivities began. This day was filled with different field day events such as tug of war, corn hole, volleyball games, a push up contest, a three legged race and a wheelbarrow race. I mean who doesn’t love some good, friendly competition? Imagine two college boys trying to wheelbarrow down a field. Or even one getting really into it and taking his shirt off so he can do 150 push-ups in a minute without ruining his shirt with sweat. The support of the broth
erhood is really what field day is all about. Some of our Xi Man candidates are not athletically inclined, which is fine. This is why they get the amazing support of their brothers to take the wheel, which means a lot to all of the Alpha Xi Delta’s, because it means that the brothers support them wanting to wear o
ur letters along side theirs. All of the scores were added up and a winner was announced with good spirits all around, and the Field Day points were added to the Xi Man candidates overall points.
Words cannot compare to the way I feel as an Alpha Xi Delta seeing such an amazing event be put together with your sisters all around you. It is an incredible sensation finding a new Xi Man, finding someone who cherishes your letters as much as you do, and finding someone who cares as deeply for your philanthropy Autism Speaks as my sisterhood do. We wish we could have everyone be our Xi Man with the way they give back to us and love us and everything we do.
To read about our Xi Man Pageant, click here.