When you’re angry, stressed, or frustrated, many people will tell you to take a deep breath and relax.
Phi Delta Theta has a better idea: grab a sledgehammer and start whaling on a battered old junkie car.
For just a dollar per hit, it’s an easy way for students to blow off some steam. This auto smack down has been going on for over a decade and has grown in popularity ever since.
“It was honestly so nice to have that as a stress reliever,” said MNSU freshman Dayton Frost. “Sometimes you don’t want to finish things off. Sometimes you just want to hit something! “
This memorable event began when some alumni of the Phi Delta Theta Brotherhood reached out to give their advice and opinions on how to make the brotherhood even better. What started as an idea quickly became a reality when Phi Delta Theta put all the pieces together to make this fundraiser come true.
Since then, it has grown into a thriving fundraiser helping to raise money for charity and giving stressed-out students a chance to relieve tension and frustration.
Joel Mowrey, a senior at Phi Delta Theta, pointed out that this isn’t a normal fundraiser.
“I love to be part of such a well-known tradition. Our brotherhood has been doing this for as long as I can remember, around 2008, ”Mowrey said. “Our goal is to do it every semester, but it’s not often that we find a car that’s so shabby that it actually hits it with a hammer that a car junkyard is ready to just hand over.”
In recent years, the fraternity has used all donations for research on ALS, a rare and so far incurable disease that causes muscles to weaken and die.
Over the three days the event took place this semester, $ 900 was raised and donated to this research.
Freshman Paige Peterson said she was thrilled with the opportunity.
“I wish they had this as an option all year round,” she said. “I would waste so much money hitting this car.”