New York Theta Sets Records at 17th Mud Tug

Article submitted by Justyn Carll (RIT '10), Corresponding Secretary

Every year, school campuses nationwide host traditional campus events to show support of their school. These events are organized through the forms of homecoming weekends, festivals, and parades. Many are thrown by Greek organizations in respect to a charity of their choice, giving back to their community and the less fortunate. At Rochester Institute of Technology, our organization does things a little different. This year, Phi Kappa Psi New York Theta teamed up with Zeta Tau Alpha Iota Psi to host the 17th annual Mud Tug. 

Mud Tug.jpgMud Tug is a tug-of-war competition played over mud pits. Started by Phi Kappa Psi in 1996, the event has grown to an unprecedented level. Charities have varied from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Hillside Family of Agencies, and the money raised going to these charities has grown every year. The event includes men's, women's, and co-ed brackets, as well as food and music for everybody present. This year, the music was supplied by one of our own, Christopher Rumpler RIT '07.
Although the day of the event runs smoothly, not many people get the privilege of seeing all of the hard work and effort that goes into the event. Planning for Mud Tug starts in the spring prior to the upcoming academic year. One brother from Phi Psi and one sister from Zeta Tau Alpha are made head of the event, and the brotherhood comes together early to help out with everything from getting corporate sponsorship months in advance, to setting up the fences and bleachers the day before. Many key organizations at RIT are involved in making the event a success. The Student Government at RIT, Center for Campus Life, Facilities Management Services, and other Greek and non-Greek organizations donate time and money to allow the most possible amount of money raised to go to Hillside Family of Agencies. Local companies sponsor necessities such as food and cooking needs, as well as the local fire department coming to fill the mud pits with water the night before. 

As Phi Psi's, we don't stop at being successful; we strive to reach perfection. This year we undertook the task of making the event into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest Tug-of-War event ever played. After getting our brotherhood on board for this feat, the planning for breaking the world record added more hurdles and obstacles to tackle in the short five month planning period. 

As the day of the event approached, September 22nd 2012, all of the planning and hard work became a success. The amount of people showing up to join the tug-of-war event totaled over 1,600 people, shattering the previous record of 1,290. The money collected for Hillside Family of Agencies, which has been a cornerstone of the local Rochester community for over 175 years, totaled $10,800. Phi Kappa Psi was founded on "the great joy of serving others," which is why the New York Theta Chapter strives to do what we do. These events are not for profit, or for ourselves, but for the community around us and the lives that these contributions impact.

UPDATE - After submitting the information and documentation, the men of New York Theta did indeed set a Guinness World Record for the largest tug of war tournament. It is the second world record the chapter has established in the past couple of years, including the largest dodgeball game.