Women’s tugs shows strength of sisterhood

By Rachel Scaman

Delta Zeta sorority ended the weekend with a victory in women’s tugs for the seventh year in a row.

The weekend competition ended with Alpha Delta Pi in second and Sigma Kappa in third. Women’s tugs is tug-of-war competition between the social sororities. There is also men’s tugs, which is held in the spring.

Kara Homolka, executive vice president of the Panhellenic Council, said women’s tugs has been around for about two decades.

“I started tugging … my first year. I think the tradition really keeps the campus alive,” Homolka said.

Tugs is not only a competition; it also raises money and awareness for the Children’s Miracle Network, an international non-profit organization that collects funds for children’s hospitals, medical research and community awareness of children’s health issues.

“For every person that came out and cheered on the teams, that’s money we’ve raised for our philanthropy, and I don’t think everyone realizes that,” Homolka said.

The women have been preparing for tugs for about two months.

“The first few weeks we conditioned by running miles on Greek Row, going to the Rec and going to the field house,” said Jen Mader, junior marketing major and member of Sigma Kappa. “After strict conditioning, we got on the rope.”

Mader said tugs is an important tradition to her.

“It’s a sport unlike any other. It tests each girl’s strength, and it shows how important not giving up is,” Mader said. “It shows how strong your sisterhood is, because once one person gives up the whole rope can feel it.”

Fraternities were able to coach each sorority during the months of preparation.

“Our neighbors, Delta Upsilon, let us build trenches on their property so we could practice moves and have our first rope and second rope go against each other,” said Kayla Baker, junior history major and member of Delta Gamma.

Mader said her team’s coaches made them into a whole new team.

“Phi Sigma Kappa were our coaches, who are defending men’s tugs champions,” Mader said. “They worked us hard, but always built us up and kept it positive.”

Homolka said tugs is a tradition that brings people together.

“When people know it’s tugs time, they all come out here to support the different chapters,” Homolka said.

Baker said this was her first year tugging and she felt comfortable competing.

“Being a tugger is awesome because you can bond and support your sisters,” Baker said.