Xi Man Field Day: Push-ups and Philanthropy

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 IScreen Shot 2016-03-14 at 6.30.38 PM 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 Z copy 2ary 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.


Xi Man Pageant: XiMA’s

Considering I was entering my very first Xi Man season, I had so many expectations. Even though all of them were completely exceeded, I wish someone informed me on how difficult it is to keep up with your spring break body with all of the fattening food available around the household. But who needs a rocking bod when you get to enjoy irreplaceable moments with your sisters bonding over how much you love food and the awesome candidates this year, am I right?

On a more serious note, Xi Man season is easily one of the most entertaining and memorable times of the year. Every year the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta are blessed with opportunity to find someone who represents our chapter in the best possible way. Finding a fellow gentleman who wears our letters and supports our philanthropy, Autism Speaks, is very important to everyone in our community. Ask any sister of Alpha Xi Delta about Xi Man and a grin with an enthusiastic answer will be followed. As a week of well-coordinated serenades, philanthropic events, and generous gestures of the hard12791107_10154103028948394_3834531104063471892_nworking candidates comes to an end, the Xi Man Pageant finally begins. This year Alpha Tau Omega, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Upsilon, Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Pi, Sigma Nu, and Zeta Beta Tau each had a member from their fraternities run for the adored title of Alpha Xi Delta’s Xi Man 2016. This year’s pageant theme was “XiMA’s” and it was held on February twenty fourth in the Student Union here at UCF.  As sisters lined the walls of the Pegasus ballroom in their black attire, fellow Greek students filed in to support their contestants participating in the charitable event. The contestants were judged on talent, question and answer, personality walk, and formal wear. Each contestant poured their heart and soul into each one of the categories, and to say that it was enjoyable would be an understatement.

This year the Xi Man committee created such a fun and functional event that brought happiness to everyone who attended. Being apart of such an amazing event with your sisters by your side is an unforgettable experience. Not only do you get to choose someone who gets to experience life with you and your sisters for a year, but you also get to raise money for an incredible cause while doing so. Finding our Xi Man is something that is so special to all of us individually and we are all so appreciative to all the hard work put forth by the candidates this year, you are not unnoticed. To our Xi Men from the past to present that we love so dearly, thank you so much for everything you do, you’ve done, and continue to do for us we are so grateful for you.

For More Information about our Xi Man Field Day, click here

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