August 17, 2019 | 84° F

Fraternity rings nasdaq market closing bell

University and Phi Delta Theta alumnus Dr. Shahid Aziz ended the business day Wednesday evening, when he rang the NASDAQ Stock Market closing bell.

Aziz is the founder of the New Jersey-based non-profit charity Smile Bangladesh, which provides medical and surgical equipment to help children and adults with cleft deformities, said Logan Gray, president of Phi Delta Theta.

The idea to ring the bell came when a group of Phi Delta Theta alumni returned to visit the fraternity, said Gray, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior.

"Aziz was describing how hard it was to raise awareness and money, and another alumnus, Christian Bontiago, who works at NASDAQ, thought that Aziz and the fraternity ringing the closing bell would bring attention to his organization," he said.

The fraternity presented NASDAQ Vice President David Wicks with an authentic University football helmet for hosting Aziz and the charity, Gray said.

"We thought it was appropriate for us to present the vice president with something from the University, so we bought an official helmet from Scarlet Fever and signed it and gave it to him," he said.

— Tabish Talib

Tabish Talib

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