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Phi Gamma Delta fraternity will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday at the fraternity house to benefit Alternative School Break Club.

The meal will cost $4 and run 9 a.m.-1 p.m. It will include muffins, orange juice, milk, and more.

Phi Gamma Delta held a few benefit breakfasts last year and plans to make them regular events on the first Saturday of each month this school year to support Alternative School Break. The idea stemmed from a discussion last year between physics major James Reeder ’03 (Glen Mills, Pa.), Phi Gamma Delta philanthropy chairman, and Lafayette’s Landis Community Outreach Center staff.

”We talked about things that we could do to help support the college community and integrate the fraternity system into it more,” says Reeder. ”We felt that this would be a good way to open the house to non-fraternity members once a month and make people more comfortable with gathering here, as well as seeing the brothers and supporting a good cause.”

In addition to service on campus and in the community, Lafayette’s fraternities and sororities raise over $20,000 annually for charitable causes.

Six members of Alternative School Break Club will head to Washington, D.C. over fall break, Oct. 11-15, to help alleviate hunger.

They will work with The Pilgrimage, an educational service learning center and hostel affiliated with Presbyterian Church USA, and Food & Friends, an organization that meets the daily nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, their families, and caregivers in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

“This program introduces students to people who lead lives very different than their own,” says Kate Wick, intern at Landis Community Outreach Center. “The program provides students with a distinctive opportunity to interact with teammates, community members, and those who receive their services. It is an atypical learning experience that takes place in an atypical setting.

The six students participating in the project are: Stephanie Regan ’03, a history major from Lavallette, N.J; Catriona Mhairi Duncanson ’03, an A.B. engineering major from Basking Ridge, N.J.; Crystal Taylor ’03, a math major from Hyattsville, Md.; Suzanne Metzger ’03, an economics and business major from Fair Lawn, N.J.; Kathryn Lambert ’03, a psychology major from Reston, Va.; and Victor Mrosso ’04, an economics and business major from Fairway, Kan. Gladstone Hutchinson, dean of studies, will accompany them.

Each student will assume a leadership role while on the trip. Regan will serve as team leader. Duncanson, as scribe, will take minutes and record service hours and other general information. Taylor, deemed the cultural guru, is responsible for briefing team members on cultural issues and the dynamic of agencies that the group will be serving. Suzanne Metzger will function as fundraising chair, Mrosso will maintain financial records as treasurer, and Lambert will serve as team builder.

Different groups of students will travel to the club’s other service project locations this school year, which include Arizona, Chicago, Honduras, and two other areas to be determined.

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