Chico State Greek organizations host Bidwell Bash


Brian Luong

Tetta Ogawa jumps through the obstacle course while his friend Royeni Hasegawa watches him at Chico State’s Bidwell Bash Sunday.

Students enjoyed food, games and inflatables, Sunday afternoon, at Chico State’s annual Bidwell Bash.

The event, hosted by Chico State Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, gave students the opportunity to talk to over a dozen different Greek organizations while enjoying One-Mile Park on Labor Weekend.

The event also included food from Madison Bear Garden as well as games and rentable floaties which students used at Sycamore Pool.

Mike Sutton (left) and Collin Ford flip patties as Rhys Lyulberg prepares to deliver a batch on Sunday, September 2. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Students also had the option of playing on a variety of inflatable jumpies which included obstacle courses and a velcro wall.

Alex Rangel, a member of Epsilon Sigma Rho, battled against the common misconception that Greek life is only about partying.

“Our organization, in general, stands for education, strength and respect,” Rangel said. “The education aspect is a checks and balances for each other just to make sure we all reach our ultimate goal of graduating because that’s what we came here for, first and foremost.”

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Alex Rangel of Epsilon Sigma Rho (middle) stands with fraternity brothers Marcos Alvarez (left) and Arturo Medrano (right) on Sunday at Chico State’s Bidwell Bash. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Epsilon Sigma Rho members have given back to the community by volunteering at walks for prostate cancer and autism in addition to supplying school supplies to families in need.

Greek life not only helps out the community but its members as well.

“We’re also a professional sorority so we build the women that join, into professionals,” said Julie Kimmerle, a member of Sigma Alpha, an agriculture sorority.

Sigma Alpha share information about their sorority at a booth set up at Chico State’s Bidwell Bash Sunday. Photo credit: Brian Luong

“We do professional developing events whether it’s working on interviewing skills or going and touring farms,” added Allyah Perez, a fellow Sigma Alpha sister.

Any students interested in learning about Greek organizations can visit the Fraternity and Sorority Affairs webpage.

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