This story was written by Ithaca Voice intern Robyn Schmitz

Ithaca, N.Y. — A Cornell sorority is holding a fundraiser for a student who died of cardiac arrest last year.


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The Kappa Delta sorority is hosting the second annual Makin’ Moves for Mili in honor of Mili Mandic, who died at the age of 21 on Jan. 13, 2014.

To honor Mandic’s life, the night of dancing will be held at Pixel Lounge in Collegetown on April 25, from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $5 ahead of time and $7 at the door. Attendees are encouraged to arrive dressed in a “crazy costume” in order to honor Mandic’s fun-loving spirit.

“It has been very uplifting to see so many sisters joining together to celebrate the life of someone who will always be our sister,” said Alexandra McClellan, Vice President of Community Service of Omega Chi chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority at Cornell University. “Even those who never knew her or those who aren’t in our sorority have shown so much support and we are looking forward to making her memory live on.”

According to a statement released in Jan. 2014 by Susan Murphy, vice president for student and academic services, Mandic was a computer science student in Cornell’s College of Engineering.

She was an active part of Cornell’s campus by participating in Cornell University Sustainable Design, in which she helped create resilient structures in the built environment, playing tennis, competing in track and field and being a member of the Kappa Delta sorority.

“People describe her as fun-loving because she was the kind of girl who featured in everyone’s craziest stories,” Maple Chen, Vice President of Cornell’s Kappa Delta sorority, said. “I think that what people miss most about her is that she was so supportive and good at listening and offering advice — from school and career-related crises to the latest boy problems of her friends.”

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation — a foundation dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death. The foundation installs automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in addition to supporting ongoing research on genetic cardiac disorders.

Anyone over 18 years old is encouraged to attend, and attendees over 21 will receive Red Jacket drink specials.

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