Picnic Day 2010 may have come and gone, but the cups, cans, fliers, candy wrappers and other remnants of the day stuck around until cleanup efforts came to the rescue.
This year, the Greek community revived an old tradition and did their part to help with the post-Picnic Day mess in the downtown area. Davis Collegiate Panhellenic Association and the Davis Interfraternity Council teamed up on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. to pick up trash in Central Park and the nearby area.
Greek Life Assistant and political science senior Trevor Taylor said in the 1940s and ’50s, the Greek community participated in a post-Picnic Day clean up, but the tradition died off over the years. This year’s fraternities and sororities brought about 75 students to help with the clean-up effort.
“Greeks are pinned with the negative aspects of Picnic Day,” Taylor said. “We wanted a way to attack head-on [that] belief. We want to get out to the community and show we are just as much members of the community as anyone else is. We have responsibility to take care of the place we live in.”
SASHA LEKACH can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.