Greeks unite from A to ?

March 30, 2011

by Sherelle Black, STAFF REPORTER

Unity is usually not the word envisioned when thinking about multiple fraternities and sororities in close proximity, but for one week some students could see Tech’s Greeks on campus working together in harmony.

March 20 began the week-long celebration of Greeks that executive members from the Panhellenic, Interfraternity Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council put together.

Alex Bellone, Panhellenic president, said Greek Week is one way to break the stereotype of all Greeks disliking each other.

“The purpose of Greek Week is the celebration of the bonds we share as members of the Greek community,” Bellone, a senior biology major, said. “We hope that Greek Week helped to unite us and strengthen the bond between us. But, of course, the competition was a fun and exciting way to showcase the passion and dedication of our members.”

The week’s competition started March 21 with a hot dog eating contest, toga run and lip sync contest.

For Mallory Mills, a member of Alpha Chi Omega, the lip syncing contest was the best event of the week.

“What made the lip syncing contest so entertaining is how everyone got into character on stage,” Mills, a sophomore elementary education major, said. “It was so funny seeing different members try and perform famous songs.”

March 22 featured a scavenger hunt and a volleyball tournament.

Non-Greeks got their first opportunity to participate in Greek Week on March 23 with the chance to vote on best dish in Greek Chef.

“Greek Chef is a fun day because we get to sample all of the delicious dishes,” Bellone said. “The desserts prepared by the sororities are great, but I love trying the entrée samples prepared by the fraternities.”

Later that day, speaker Tim Elmore, founder and president of Growing Leaders, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop youth leaders who will transform society, gave a speech on leadership.

On March 24, Greeks got to use their competitiveness toward a good cause with Penny Wars, Greek Week’s charity fundraiser event.

Sorority and fraternity members were given the opportunity to vote for the charity the Penny Wars money would be donated to. They were given options of charities that were local, national and international. The charity selected was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“Last year, we raised about $3,600,” Bellone said. “Every year the competitions get better, and the participants get more involved. So, I’m hoping that resulted in an increased amount of money.”

Flag football followed later that afternoon with Greeks like Justin Martinez, a member of Delta Chi, ready to show off the athleticism of their chapter.

“Even though flag football shows the competitive side of fraternities, it’s also a chance for all the Greeks to come out and show unity while playing football,” Martinez said.

Greek Week ended March 25 with Tech Farm Games, the week’s version of field day, featuring events like tug-of-war, a wheelbarrow race and a sack race.

Martinez also said he was happy about the games closing out the week of events.

“I was really excited for Friday’s games because it was a new event this year, and I was anxious to see how things were going to work out,” he said.

Phi Mu came out on top of Greek Week with Kappa Delta placing second and Alpha Chi Omega third for the sororities.

Delta Chi placed first for the fraternities, Sigma Nu followed behind in second and Pi Kappa Alpha came in third.

A large trophy is awarded to the top sorority and fraternity, something Bellone, a Phi Mu member, said is just an extra perk.

“A trophy is nice, but really the biggest reward is the pride the chapter receives,” she said.

Bellone said for future weeks she would like to see events that incorporate the teamwork of different fraternities and sororities.

“I would love for Greek Week to have an event where the chapters worked in mixed teams,” she said. “This would increase the sense of unity and add some more fun to a week that can get stressful.”

For Bellone, the week was bigger than just Greeks getting together to put on events, but it was a way to prove they can stand together as one.

“In terms of success, the ideal Greek Week is one where unity emerges above competition,” she said. “I hope all Greeks finished Greek Week with a sense of pride in their chapter, as well as in the Greek system as a whole.”

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