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Alyssa Rubenstein Is FTK (And Has John Stamos’ Support)

Last year, Sigma Kappa and Sigma Phi Epsilon raised over $151,000 for THON. Two weeks ago, Full House and greek yogurt commercial star John Stamos tweeted in support of the sorority. We talked to THON Chair Alyssa Rubenstein about her involvement.

Fast Facts:

Organization Name: Sigma Kappa
Year founded at PSU: 1992
THON families: Three — the Oskers, the Millers, and the Kirbys
Dancers in 2013: Four — Brittany Rizzo, Diana Kordek, Ruth Buchbinder, and Kristen Klasic

Onward State: Why does Sigma Kappa THON?
Alyssa Rubenstein, THON chair: We THON for our three families, the Oskers, the Millers, and the Kirbys. They’re amazing, they all have more kids and we play with them. We meet up all year.

OS: How did you get involved?
Freshman year I joined this sorority. Also, my brother danced my freshman year, and I got to see it through his eyes. I loved it ever since.

OS: How many supporters are here for Sigma Kappa?
At least 300.

OS: What are some fundraisers that Sigma Kappa does FTK?
This year we did Nacho Night, and half of the proceeds went to the organization with the highest number of people who attended. We also made tutus and bows.

OS: Do you have any THON traditions or special things you do for the dancers?
 Every year, our dancers get gifts from the THON chairs and all the sisters. We have a corny dance we choreographed ourselves that we do in the stands. DU’s whale always ends up in our section, so I guess that’s a tradition now.

OS: What do you think of this years line dance?
I like it, I like the chorus a lot. In the past there’s been one line that everyone screams, but there’s about five this year.

OS: What’s your favorite part of being THON chair?
The reward at the end, when you get to see how much you did for the families and the reveal.

OS: What are the biggest challenges you have faced as THON chair?
The weather. During canning, I think every organization took a hit. The conditions were unsafe to drive in.

OS: What are you most excited about at THON ’15?
I can’t wait for the total. I’m anxious.

OS: What do you plan to do once THON is over?
I’m going to sleep for about 18 hours straight.

OS: Any encouraging words for your dancers?
AR: Keep it up. You’re some of the toughest people I know. You’d stand for a week if you had to.

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Sara Civian

Sara Civian is one of Onward State's three ridiculously good looking managing editors, a hockey writer at heart, and an Oxford comma Stan. She's a senior majoring in journalism, minoring in history, and living at Bill Pickle's Tap Room. Her favorite pastimes are telling people she's from Boston, watching the Bruins, and meticulously dissecting the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. She's seen Third Eye Blind live 14 times. If you really hate yourself, you can follow her at @SaraCivian or email her at [email protected]

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