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Roundup, the largest annual UT fraternity fundraiser event, has been canceled by the Interfraternity Council in light of coronavirus concerns, according to a statement released Friday.
The event was supposed to take place on March 27 and 28. David Kelly, IFC president, said canceling the event seemed like the safest and most logical decision. He said the IFC has been talking with advisers and city officials to make the decision.
“We made the decision within the last 24 hours, and now we are proceeding with our decision,” Kelly said.
Individual fraternities are working with nationals and with lawyers to see if they can get refunds from hiring performers, Kelly said. As of right now, the IFC has made the decision to cancel, but individual chapters can still proceed how they want.
According to the statement, the IFC encourages chapters and the student body to consider canceling other events and follow all recommendations from the Center for Disease Control.
University Panhellenic Council Vice President of philanthropy, Megan Melvin, said the UPC fully supports IFC’s decision to cancel Roundup. She said while it is a set back to UPC’s philanthropic goals, both UPC and IFC value the health and safety of our community.
“It’s a really sad setback because we do raise so much money for our amazing philanthropies from Roundup, but at the same time it’s not the only opportunity that we have to do the great work that our entire community does,” Melvin said. “We’re just gonna keep pushing forward in raising money for the causes that we all feel so passionate about.”
Kelly said that while the IFC decided to cancel the official Roundup event, it is largely up to individual chapters to make the decisions to cancel events.