Roundup hit many milestones for the Interfraternity Council as they transitioned the event’s purpose to charity and use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) wristbands to improve security in this year.
IFC donated a third of its benefits to charity to change the perception of it. They donated about half of 15,000 dollars to the B+ (Be Positive) Foundation, which raises money to help kids with cancer, and the other half was donated to the Circle of Sisterhood, an organization that provides education chances for girls.
Peter Driscoll, finance senior and IFC president, said:“Roundup used to have a pretty negative history in aspects with the (parade) floats and all that stuff. We are aiming to turn this event into a charity event. It’s not only a party but also a Greek bonding event that also donates the money to charity.”
IFC used RFID wristbands for the first time, which has two different colors for drinking age verification. It could track the student attendance at the Roundup events by being scanned. There is an urgency contact method in each RFID wristband, it can help security find one student with a cut artery outside a fraternity house after getting drunk.
Driscoll said:“IFC hired Event One security to be our liaison and go around West Campus. They essentially saved someone’s life.”
The new wristband system helped fraternities reduce waiting time for students to get into the parties. Due to the students’ age have been verified, security needn’t check the information of each student. Therefore, RFID wristbands speed up this process. Driscoll said: “The line times is reduced from about 1 hour and 45 minutes to 15 minutes.”