Sisters of Sigma Delta Tau to host third annual Battleship

This year marks the third annual live-action battleship event hosted by the Sigma Delta Tau, Delta Iota chapter at Nova Southeastern University. This event will take place on Sept. 28 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the competition pool behind the University Center and will benefit the sorority’s international philanthropy, JWI or Jewish Women International.

“We bring [the classic Milton Bradley] board game to life,” said Angela Merlino, philanthropy chair of Sigma Delta Tau.

In this event, three teams of three compete to sink or flip the other teams’ boats. Each round, a team is eliminated, similar to the bracket system seen in football pools or March Madness. The first place team will receive a prize of Menchie’s gift certificates and bragging rights.

These boats or ships are actually kayaks that are provided by Nautical Ventures in West Palm Beach. Each team gets three to four buckets to attempt and capsize the other boats they are competing against. There are additional larger buckets available for purchase for teams that want an edge on the competition.

Battleship is free for all NSU students to attend. To participate, there is a $10 fee per person or $30 per team. The V.I.P. ticket includes food and refreshments from local restaurants who donate their goods to this event. The V.I.P. ticket is $10 for those in attendance and $5 for those participating on teams.

“We get a ton of organizations to come out and compete. It’s a ton of fun and it definitely gets competitive,” said McCailey Brick, president of Sigma Delta Tau

Students can cheer on their friends and teammates or enjoy music with friends on the sidelines and watch the competition unfold. There will also be an opportunity to purchase an OPI nail polish that is also another part of their philanthropy.

JWI has a longstanding relationship with Sigma Delta Tau, especially the Delta Iota chapter. The JWI Award from the Sigma Delta Tau national organization was awarded to the NSU chapter—  they were one of three chapters to be awarded this special accolade. JWI is an organization to support and empower women by protecting them against domestic abuse, promote healthy relationships and encourage leadership skills.

Students interested in supporting JWI by buying a V.I.P. ticket or participating in this event can contact Angelina Merlino at for further information.

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