**CORRECTION: The following story has been corrected to reflect that Tom Gooding is not the vice president of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He is a member of the fraternity, however.**
Following the Oct. 24 kick off with the men’s fraternity powderpuff, came the the women’s sorority powderpuff with chilly weather, but the sun still shining. The powderpuff games took place Oct. 26 at the new intramural fields behind the University Suites.
Similar to the men’s event, the women’s powderpuff games held a steady large crowd from 9:00 a.m. until the final game ending roughly around 6:00 p.m.
The fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha hosted the games as a philanthropy for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer movement.
The chilly weather did not stop the fans and players from showing up for back-to-back powderpuff football games. The first games determined the standings for the sorority bracket.
According to the recreational student employees who help run and ref the events on the fields, the construction of this field has made things much easier and more organized. The new turf field was filled with sorority sisters and their cheering fans.
No major injuries occurred during the games, just minor ankle and knee issues.
“The turf field has become more reliable and safer. We no longer have to worry about the weather or serious injuries because of the damaged ground,” said Tom Gooding, recreational supervisor and senior athletic training major. Gooding is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity on campus.
Pi Kappa Alpha coaches and the six sororities on campus have been organizing and practicing since mid September.
The teams conversed not only about different game tactics, but also about a couple of the new rules placed on the powderpuff games.
One new rule included no pocket shorts that came into issue at the men’s games Thursday. This rule mainly came into effect due to a player breaking their fingers during the game because of the pocket.
Also for the first time this year, non-sorority teams or alumni sorority teams were prohibited from playing.
“No one really knows why so many rules got in place but I know it was a hassle Thursday when we played,” said Joe Lorenzen, freshman nursing major. Lorenzen is a member of the newest fraternity on campus, Theta Chi. Lorenzen sat on the bleachers and cheered the Theta Phi Alpha sorority team on in their last game.
Theta Phi Alpha remained undefeated all day until they played Delta Gamma A team at 4:00 p.m.
“We came in very positive and we had a strong team. Most were new members so we didn’t know how well it was going to go. Overall, I am really proud of our team. Our third game against Kappa Delta was shaky but we buckled down and won. By the end we were tired and done, but satisfied,” said Liz Cox senior athletic training major. Cox is a member of Theta Phi Alpha.
Delta Zeta defeated Delta Gamma A in the final game.