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Pikes host very first Trojan Chill-Out Grill-Out

Submitted by Alexis Williams on August 28, 2014 – 3:48 pmNo Comment

Students enjoy grilled hot dogs and hamburgers after a pick-up baseball game. The Trojan Chill-Out Grill-Out was open to all UALR students. Photo by Alexis Williams

The fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha hosted the first-ever “Trojan Chill-Out Grill-Out” on Friday, Aug. 22 at Murray Park.

From 3-6 pm, students both Greek and non-Greeks alike played volleyball, Baggo, and Smash Bros on Wii. They enjoyed a water balloon fight and ate burgers, chips, and the Biology Club’s homemade biology cookies. To ensure student safety, Pi Kappa Alpha hired UALR police as security for the event.

The event was open to all students, regardless of their status in Greek life or other student organizations. If they wished, registered student organizations were encouraged to set up booths for students interested in learning more about their club.

The Trojan COGO is the brainchild of nineteen-year-old Connor Donovan. A member of Pi Kappa Alpha, Donovan is a sophomore International Business Management major with a concentration in Chinese.

“The Trojan Chill-Out Grill-Out is not a student org fair; it’s more of a social gathering,” Donovan said. “It is just a time where [individuals and students part of RSOs] can hang out with each other and have fun.”

For Donovan, the Trojan COGO is not just another shindig.

“I believe the best way to fix almost every problem on campus is through campus life. We needed an event like this that could help increase camaraderie among students where all the clubs and organizations had an opportunity to get together,” Donovan said.

His vision seemed to have worked. Several different student organizations attended the event, including Young Life, the Biology Club, the American Chemical Society of UALR, fraternity Kappa Sigma, and sororities Kappa Delta and Chi Omega.

Collaborating with fellow Pikes Matt Shockey and Sterg Couto, Donovan requested permissions from the Office of Campus Life, Pi Kappa Alpha, and the City of Little Rock to get the event off the ground. The men requested funds through Pi Kappa Alpha to finance the Trojan COGO.

”I want this to be a yearly thing,” Donovan said. He believes that one goal of the Trojan Spirit Committee, over which Donovan presides, is not just to create traditions but to “set up some events to where students can create their own traditions.”

For students wishing to submit ideas about generating more Trojan Spirit, contact Connor Donovan at



Joseph Eggburn – freshman construction management

McKenzie Reid – sophomore marketing/sales

Rusty Bell – junior biology

Nathan Jones** (UCA student) – junior psychology

Peyton Clemence – sophomore dance


*Kelsey Scott – junior public relations

*Emily Starkey – sophomore undeclared

Megan Heaton – junior psychology

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