Putting the pieces together for autism
Rachel Handel
Staff Writer

This past Sunday the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta and students from across campus gathered in Riley Commons for Puzzlepalooza, a puzzling extravaganza designed for teams of six to compete and raise money for Autism Speaks. Moving through six rounds the teams were challenged with regular puzzles, philanthropic trivia, jenga, and finally a 3D puzzle.
  “It’s a great event, a lot of fun. I really enjoy puzzles so I have fun, and I think that’s something that all of WPI has in common” said Eta Kappa Nu team member Janine Pizzimenti.
  Participants in Puzzlepalooza represented various Greek organizations and groups from WPI including Sigma Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Phi Sigma, and many more.
  As the contest continued, teams were eliminated based on the time it took to complete each round. The victors were able to move through a tournament style bracket toward the championship match.
  Eventually Sigma Pi and Alpha Gamma Delta “non-seniors” competed in the final round, racing to finish a 3D wooden puzzle of a cruise ship.
  
  The winning team, Alpha Gamma Delta “non-seniors,” finished their ship first and was awarded a Chipotle gift card for 10. Veronica Goldsmith, a winning member, looked back on the event with a smile: “It feels good to win after coming in second place the past two years. We worked well as a team and divided tasks before coming.”
  A total of 13 teams gathered in the commons for AΞΔ’s third annual festival, each donating $30 toward Autism Speaks. A raffle was also held where participants could donate money for an arm’s length of tickets in the hopes to win prizes like a Wooberry giftcard, candy gift baskets, World Gym giftcards, and tickets to a Red Sox game.
  In the past year Alpha Xi Delta has contributed approximately $3400 to Autism Speaks. Needless to say, Puzzlepalooza is the sorority’s most popular event of the year. It is a fun time for participants, but it also contributes to a worthy cause. In the words of AΞΔ sister Liz Hennessey, “It’s a great event for community involvement and awareness because it’s fun and everyone can do it.”
  Alpha Xi Delta’s next big event is the Relay for Life in April.