Lake Inferior took on a superior cause March 13, as approximately 30 fraternity members along with two guests plunged into its cold, muddy waters to raise money for a local organization.
Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity sponsored the event that raised over $2,000 for the Cincinnati chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Alzheimer’s Association was chosen in honor of former president Ronald Reagan, who was also a TKE member. Meghan Galvin, development assistant with the greater Cincinnati chapter Alzheimer’s Association, explained the disease in the Cincinnati area, which includes Northern Kentucky, affects 38,000 people.
“All the money will go back to help those families,” said Galvin. “Services are provided for free, so we really rely on events like this, and our big fund-raisers during the year, and people who are concerned with the disease to help us out.”
The idea, according to Adam Seibert, president of TKE, was for every $10 donated, another member would jump in the lake. A goal of $1,000 was set.
“We were told by others on campus that a goal of $1,000 was too high,” said Seibert. That, he said, made them want to reach it even more. Along with individual donors, 16 corporate sponsors contributed.
The event was originally scheduled for February, but the TKE’s kept running into barriers from university administrators. The legal advisor for the university insisted that wavier forms had to be signed and special insurance taken out on all jumpers. Kent Kelso, dean of students, then had to give approval. The Department of Public Safety gave its approval after assuring Dean Kelso had given his. A lifeguard had to be on duty and the Cold Spring life squad was put on stand by.
“I almost retitled it ‘Mission Impossible’,” Seibert continued. “Every time I’d get past one barrier, someone else would stop me.”
At long last the event took place. Guest jumpers included Katie Herschede, president of the Student Government Association and Quincy Martin, assistant director of Student Life.
Herschede said she was nervous about the plunge because of things her biology professor had told her about the lake. Afterward though, she said it wasn’t so bad. “It wasn’t as cold as I thought. I’d do it again,” she said. Martin’s description of the experience: “Interesting! The smell