Story by LeKyndra Duncan
On a clear, beautiful, sunny day, the smell of barbecue was lingering through the air across the Missouri Valley campus. Faculty, students and their noses enjoyed the aroma while walking to their classes.
Students in Free Enterprise held their 2nd campus barbecue on Thursday, Sept. 4, outside of Baity Hall, raising money to attend regionals. The grilling started at 11 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m. Many students, faculty and staff came out to support SIFE and their own empty stomachs. Items on the menu included one pound for $7, a combo (burgers, chips and drink) for $3, and Shish Kabobs for $4. The menu also included single items such as cookies, chips and drinks.
SIFE is a group that develops leadership, teamwork and communications skills through learning, practicing and teaching principles of free enterprise. “The group just started. We are planning to do campus recycling, community service, and fundraising so we can attend regionals (in March) which is held in Minneapolis,” said senior Kendall Thomas, Marketing major and CEO of SIFE.
With 17 members and counting, the group encourages more students of any major to come to the meetings and join.
“The program gives us the chance not just to better the campus, but the community as a whole,” said junior Daniela Torres, Education major and secretary of SIFE.
SIFE also plans to do car washes and participate in the tailgate for Missouri Valley College men’s football team.
SIFE may give you the chance to try something new, “step out you comfort zone, and interact with other people,” Torres said.
By being in SIFE, Thomas is glad he can add a good organization to his resume, and though he plays football, he said, “I can go to school other than to play a sport.”
Want to join SIFE? All you have to do is attend the meetings, which are held every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Take the chance on meeting new people and helping out your community. SIFE also offers credit hours to those who are members of the group.