Students Give Up Warmth of Brick City Dorms for Cardboard “Shantytown,” March 15-17

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Regardless of snow, sleet or hail—the brothers of Alpha Phi Omega Xi Zeta will be sleeping outside in boxes for three days.

The co-ed fraternity at Rochester Institute of Technology will hold its annual “Shantytown” event March 15-17, in the Quarter-mile breezeway next to Clark Gymnasium. Brothers—many of them Eagle Scouts—will spend the three days and nights camping outside in a “shanty” made of cardboard boxes.

This attempt at raising awareness of the reality of homelessness is only one of the Alpha Phi Omega Xi Zeta’s many community service projects held during the academic year. The fraternity hopes to instill a sense of thankfulness among students and other onlookers who see their sacrifice. A Salvation Army donation bucket be available at the event.

For more information, contact Jospeh Panzik, fraternity president, at 585-322-3040 or