With a female population of 60 percent, Murray State has many women who are in need of feminine products. The Panhellenic Council is helping women obtain that necessity.
The Panhellenic Council governs the six sororities on campus, and the organizations are coming together to help Murray State women.
The sororities will spend the month of April collecting feminine products such as pads and tampons to donate to the on-campus help office, Racers Helping Racers.
Racers Helping Racers opened this semester, and the items donated to the pantry go back to students who are in need.
Megan Wagner, Panhellenic representative for Kappa Delta, said the items are collected to help women who may not have enough money to purchase the products and to help bring the sororities together through service.
“If people don’t have money for food, then they obviously don’t have money for feminine products,” Wagner said. “That’s something that we are going to do collectively as Panhellenic to promote unity between all the different sororities.”
She said the decision to collect feminine products is based on a necessity they can all identify with.
“Since Panhellenic is all women, we can relate to that very well,” Wagner said. “We didn’t vote on it, but it’s something that we all decided.”
Emily Conrad, a sophomore from St. Louis, Mo., said she believes the drive is a good idea since people have needs that extend past food.
“It’s good that people do other things, for women especially, because we have this particular need,” Conrad said. “It’s good to branch out, because this is also involves women’s health.”
Taylor Hamrick, member of Alpha Omicron Pi, said she believes the collection of feminine products is a great idea to target other women in need.
“As Greeks, we love helping out the community in any way we can, but we do like a variety in what we collect,” Hamrick said. “Especially as sororities, we enjoy helping women on campus.”
Story by Mary Bradley, Staff writer