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Best, Worst, And Most Challenging Parts Of Being A THON Chair On THON Weekend

THON chairs do so much year-round to ensure this weekend runs smoothly, but that doesn’t mean  their work is done come THON. They still have responsibilities, but it’s also an opportunity to reflect on all of their accomplishments.

We asked various organizations’ THON Chairs what the best, worst, and most challenging parts of the job are on THON weekend.

Sigma Alpha Mu’s Stephen Saul

Best: “After all this is over, you see what we raised as an org and a school. The feeling of that is good enough.”

Worst: “The stress leading up to THON, getting your section, and making sure everyone’s happy.”

Most Challenging: “Getting people to show the [same] amount of energy when you need to make the money as [during] the 46 hours.”

Beta Sigma Beta’s Michael Sutnick

Best: “It’s awesome watching our dancers represent and inspire all of us.”

Worst: “There are no bad parts; this is the nicest thing that this school does.”

Most Challenging: “Standing up for as long as you can, but that’s nothing compared to the battle against cancer.”

Alpha Gamma Rho and Omega Phi Alpha’s Ben Apuzzo and Megan Bach

Best: “Hanging out with our family and seeing everyone who enjoys being here. Even though it’s only for a weekend, celebrating everything we’ve worked hard for.”

Worst: “Keeping the stands full during the hard hours and worrying about our dancers.”

Most Challenging: “Keeping the stands full during the late hours.”

Club Wrestling’s Ryan Ostir

Best: “Being able to experience it, getting to spend more time here than other people, and getting the most out of my experience here as I can.”

Worst: “Trying to keep everyone up and motivated, long hours can be hard on people.”

Most Challenging: “Keeping everyone up [during] the long hours.”

Phi Mu’s Brooke Novotnak

Best: “Seeing all the hard work of your organization come to a close and seeing all our dancers on the floor.”

Worst: “Feeling responsible for people to be healthy and happy the entire weekend.”

Most Challenging: “Same thing, making sure the dancers and organization are happy and healthy for the entire weekend.”

Phi Sigma Kappa’s Michael Lui

Best: “Seeing everything we’ve worked for and all that hard work pay off. A lot of stuff goes on behind the scenes.”

Worst: “Hitting a wall at 4 a.m. and going for a walk to get yourself situated.”

Most Challenging: “Trying to keep everyone’s morale high when yours is low.”

Alpha Epsilon Pi’s Todd Goldstein

Best: “Once our family is here and they see the work we’ve done. Once we see the smiles on the kid’s faces, all we’ve done has meaning to it.”

Worst: “There’s a lot of responsibility about following the rules and making sure everything goes well.”

Most Challenging: “Overall participation and making sure it’s where we want it to be. We want everyone to have the same amount of love we do.”

Sigma Tau Gamma’s Winn Watson

Best: “Having everyone come together and make a difference.”

Worst: “Organizing, motivating, and raising money since we can’t go canning as much.”

Most Challenging: “Motivation and trying to inspire people to come out and support.”

Phi Kappa Theta’s Mike Richelieu

Best: “Seeing all the hard work that comes together and showing the dancers they are supported.”

Worst: “Trying to get everyone to participate all year and having people in the stands all weekend.”

Most Challenging: “Trying to get everyone to go, besides the THON Chairs, everyone isn’t as involved.”

Club Croquet’s Stephanie Walz

Best: “Seeing all the hard work come together and seeing the impact we’re making. Especially for our own families and dancers.”

Worst: “Anticipation for [finding out] how much we raised.”

Most Challenging: “Trying to keep everyone motivated throughout the weekend. Our dancers are dancing for 46 hours and we are dancing with them.”

College of Earth and Mineral Science Student Council’s Victoria Christensen

Best: “Connecting families and dancers, cheering dancers from the stands, and making sure the freshman have a great first THON.”

Worst: “Entrance planning and getting everyone in at once.”

Most Challenging: “Making sure I stay healthy while trying to make everyone have a great time.”

Delta Chi and Kappa Kappa Gamma’s McCarley Rouse

Best: Seeing it all, a year’s worth of work, come together. It’s a great feeling that you created all of this.”

Worst: “Having to keep everyone under control, since you can’t keep an eye on everyone.”

Most Challenging: “Trying to be here for the whole time and making the most of it.

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Allison Wulfhorst

Allison Wulfhorst is a freshman majoring in journalism and minoring in business. She is a music enthusiast and her hobbies include listening to music, writing about music, and watching One Tree Hill (she's re watching it again so if that does not say dedication then what does?) You're welcome to email her at [email protected] or follow her at @AlliWulfhorst on Twitter.

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