Greek competition wasteful

In the days following Homecoming 2008, between 16th and 17th streets and University Avenue, there was an absolute mess. Squares of glued tissue paper called âÄúpompâÄù blew in circles down the street, got wrapped up into trees and rested against the walls of the 1701 Classroom building. The greek community even had to wait for results of the Homecoming competitions, due to the untidiness. As a member of the greek community and a University of Minnesota undergraduate, I find the housefront competition both economically and environmentally wasteful. Every year, our chapter must donate funds that could be reallocated into philanthropic or social programs to build a housefront that is only displayed for a 24-hour period. Even if spending hundreds of man hours pomping builds a great relationship among greek pairings, other events could do the same thing at less of a cost to the environment. The housefront competition for Homecoming is steeped in tradition, but new, less environmentally unsound competitions could be put into place, including the similar idea of painting a mural on flat plywood housefronts or philanthropy events thrown by the greek pairings. Every year, thousands of pomp tissues are just thrown in the garbage, along with plywood frames. It is extremely wasteful. No major University that is serious about going green can support such an economically and environmentally wasteful event. William Holland University student