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TMT teams up with BPLP for Snow Dayz event | The Gustavian Weekly

By Haley Bell Staff Writer | February 28, 2014 | News

Gustavus Bigs and Littles show off their crafting and culinary skills. McKayla Murphy

Gustavus Bigs and Littles show off their crafting and culinary skills. McKayla Murphy

Big Partner Little Partner (BPLP) teamed up with the Tau Mu Tau (TMs) sorority on Feb. 17 to host Snow Dayz, an event filled with snacks, activities, and crafts for students of the BPLP organization and their little partners to attend.

This event was unique because it brought two unrelated on-campus organizations together to co-host an event.

Senior TM Community Service Chair Hayley Lofquist was behind the idea of planning an event with BPLP.

“Our community service committee was looking to revamp our community service events and really wanted to work with children. We then decided to co-sponser an event of our own in February and make it ‘Snow Dayz’ themed to embrace our lasting Minnesota winter rather than despise it,” Lofquist said.

The Snow Dayz event included edible snowmen crafts, a hot cocoa bar, a snowman relay, penguin handprints, snowflake making, and coloring winter pictures.

“I would say the highlight was the snowman relay, because once it got going the Little Partners could not get enough and would often times beg to go more than once. Even the TMs got really into it and would race the Big Partners and their Littles,” Lofquist said.

Because it was such a hit, the TMs hope to make this an annual event.

“TMs are definitely interested in doing this again.  As for similar events happening in the future, I would urge all Greeks to work with BPLP to co-sponser an event, because they are very easy to work with and getting to work with the BPs and LPs is very rewarding, but even more, so fun,” Lofquist said.

BPLP Junior Coordinator Kelsey Harms couldn’t agree more.

First-Year Big Partner Sarah Vanyo makes crafts with her Little Partner at the Snow Dayz event. Agustin Murillo

First-Year Big Partner Sarah Vanyo makes crafts with her Little Partner at the Snow Dayz event. Agustin Murillo

“We always have a winter themed event at some point during the year. The TM’s had said they wanted to do another event in the future. It could be similar or different. We plan events each year a little differently,” Harms said.

BPLP has a variety of monthly activities for the BPs and LPs. The coordinators usually plan the events themselves, but the help they received from the TMs made this event an especially big success.

“Being the community service chair of the TMT sorority, I did much of the planning and I give them a lot of respect, because it took hard work,” Lofquist said.

Sophomore Konnor Tranoris, who is a new Big Partner this year, had nothing but good things to say about the Snow Dayz event, as well as the BPLP  program itself.

“I love the program, I have gotten more out of it than I ever expected. As for the event, I thought it was well organized and well done. It was definitely a fresh taste to a winter event, and I know my little really enjoyed it,” Tranoris said.

Big Partner Little Partner will be hosting more events this year as a fun way for Bigs and Littles to bond with one another and spend time with other Bigs and Littles.

“There is an event in March, April, and May for the Big and Little Partners. The event in May will be an end-of-the-year picnic,” Harms said.

Tranoris is looking forward to seeing more events like Snow Dayz in the future.

“I am hoping to see some more new fun ideas that are creative like Snow Dayz,” Tranoris said.