Fraternities and Sororities celebrate Greek life

April 30, 2009

by David Awalt

Greek Week kicked off at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 19 at First Baptist- Ruston with a worship service and a luncheon.

Leigh Myers, Panhellinic president and a junior secondary education major, explained the complex purposes of Greek Week.

“The purpose of Greek Week is for all the Greeks to come together and to unify them,” she said. “But it’s almost a catch-22 in the sense that we’re promoting unity through competition.”

She also said there are other benefits that come from Greek Week.

“We do things that promote competition but still benefit the community,” she said.

She said some of the events that pour directly back into the community are Penny Wars, an event where each fraternity or sorority puts a container in the quad with its letters on it and collects pennies, and the canned food drive, an event where all the Greeks bring canned food to the University Women’s Center.

Myers said they raised over $2,000 in pennies last year and expect even more this year. She also said all canned goods collected go to supply the Methodist Children’s Home and that last year’s donation was substantial.

Other events that took place throughout the week were a flag football tournament, a volleyball tournament, an event involving beer goggles and a motivational speaker.

Nancy Denny, a motivational speaker, was the guest chosen for the evening and delivered a speech encouraging all in attendance to be an inspiration to themselves.

Ruth Murdock, panhellinic treasurer and a junior finance major, said she felt motivated when she left the event.

“She talked about how you can do anything you want to do, you just have to motivate yourself to do it,” Murdock said. “It made me realize how unmotivated I am and encouraged me to study and do healthy things more.”

Another event that took place in Centennial Plaza April 21 was Greek Chef, where all Greeks were given the opportunity to show their baking prowess.

During this event, all Tech students were encouraged to taste the treats provided by fraternities and sororities and vote on which ones tasted the best.

Rebecca Cunningham, an Alpha Chi Omega and a sophomore merchandising and consumer studies, said she thought Greek Chef was a successful event.

“The food was awesome, and it gave non-Greeks a chance to benefit from Greek Week,” she said.

Tyler Sipes, Pi Kappa Phi treasurer and a junior marketing major, said he enjoys the competition, but it has been a problem in the past.

“Sometimes the competitions get a little out of hand, but most conflicts are resolved pretty quickly,” Sipes said. “Most people end up being good sports about it.”
Sipes also said besides the competition he likes the chance to give back to the community.

“The way we all like to think of it is it all goes to a good cause to support a local charity,” he said.

Sipes said he always looks forward to Greek Week.

“It’s fun to get out there and compete and try to win bragging rights for next year’s rush,” he said.

Myers said the competition has been a problem in the past but it is getting better.

“In the past it’s been all out warfare,” she said. “But as we progress we want it to be more about unity through competition. It’s progressing every year.”