Bethany College’s Alpha Xi Delta to Host Take Back the Weekend

BETHANY, W.Va. — The women of the Delta Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta sorority at Bethany College will host Take Back the Weekend, a version of Take Back the Night, on March 27. The event, established to raise awareness about sexual assault and abuse toward women, will take place from noon-2:30 p.m. at Bethany’s Thomas Phillips Johnson Recreation Center.

The opening ceremony at noon will feature a talk by Veronica Reynolds, College Counselor, about what women can do to protect themselves and the sources they may contact in the event of an assault.

Bethany College alumnus Robert Kolb, site director for Team 1 Wellsburg Family Services, will give a physical defense demonstration from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Next, the fraternities on campus will participate in “Walk a Mile in her Shoes.” The men will help raise funds by volunteering to walk around the track in high heels for $2 per lap. The money raised will be donated to V-Day, an international organization dedicated to fighting against violence toward women and girls globally.

John Wroten, Bethany’s Director of Personnel Services, will lead the group on a walk through campus to point out areas of safety concern.  

“We hope to raise awareness about these important issues,” said Delta Chapter President April O’Brien. “It’s very important to remind ourselves how to be safe.”

Alpha Xi Delta national sorority was founded in 1893 at Lombard College, now Knox College, in Galesburg, Ill. Dedicated to the advancement of women’s education, leadership, scholarship and service to the community, the sorority has more than 130,000 members.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.