WWU Greeks Cut Hair to Help Cut Domestic Violence

A sorority at William Woods University recently hosted “Hair Cuts for CARDV,” a fund-raiser that literally made participants’ hair disappear.

Organized by Alpha Chi Omega sorority, the event raised $350 for the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV). Men from the Phi Gamma Delta and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternities volunteered to participate in the hair-raising event.

According to Brittany Welton, a senior and Alpha Chi Omega president, the event was organized to be both fun and effective.

“Those who attended could sponsor a guy to have his hair cut, and then she got to choose how it would be cut,” said Welton. “The guys were great sports!”

Throughout the year, Alpha Chi Omega raises money to help those affected by domestic violence. They do this through various events, such as Lyre Fest, which includes the selling of bracelets and t-shirts, as well as an entry fee. Members also sell carnations for Valentine’s Day, do a clothing drive for the Clothes Cupboard and collect women’s toiletries.

They also try to raise awareness of the domestic violence problem by sponsoring Take Back the Night, the Clothesline project, wearing purple shirts on National Respect Day Sept. 19, wearing purple ribbons on the National Day of Unity Oct. 6 and sponsoring educational programs on campus.

However, this was the first time they had ever tried to play barber.

CARDV began in 1978 with a two-fold purpose: to provide services and support to those affected by sexual and domestic violence, and to provide education and leadership within the community to change the societal conditions that cultivate these forms of violence.

“We love supporting our philanthropy,” Welton said. “It is something we feel affects us all in some form or fashion. I feel that through these activities we are not only brought together as Alpha Chi Omega’s, but also as women in today’s society.”

CUTLINE: Heather Oetjen cuts Jeff Smith’s hair to raise money for CARDV at William Woods University.