“Greek Week is a time for members of all chapters to just have fun together, and to reach out to the campus and community through service or philanthropy and programming,” said Shelley Reynolds, director of Greek life.
Members of the Greek community see Greek Week as a fun and important event.
“Greek Week is significant because it epitomizes the intention of Greek organizations,” said Jamie Daugherty, class of 2007 from Springfield, Ohio. “Contrary to popular perception, we all joined our different sororities and fraternities not to feel set apart, but to feel a part of something: a caring, enjoyable and worthwhile group.
“That’s what this week is all about. Rather than allowing us to say ‘our house is better than your house,’ this week allows us to say that we are all part of a fantastic program, Greek life.”
During Greek Week, sororities and fraternities were paired up as a way to foster inter-house bonding. Pairings included Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Kappa Psi, Delta Gamma and Delta Sigma Phi, Chi Omega and Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji), Gamma Phi Beta and Lambda Chi Alpha, Kappa Delta and Beta Theta Pi, and Sigma Kappa and Delta Tau Delta.
“Each year, the houses are paired with different houses, and that way they can get to know people they might not be close to,” said Nikki Kettelhake, class of 2008 from Lebanon, Ohio, a member of Chi Omega sorority.
This year’s Greek Week event lineup included a cookout on Monday, field games in Myers Hollow on Tuesday, flag football on Wednesday, hypnotist Howard Morgan on Thursday and a blood drive on Friday.
“On Tuesday, there was a large obstacle course and each class (sophomore, junior, senior) competed against one another,” said Andrea Singer, class of 2008 from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. “Events included dizzy bat, a pie-eating contest, three-legged races and a human pyramid.
“On Friday we had a collaborative effort with Cedarville University to try to raise 250 units of blood. The theme was ‘Music to Our Ears,’ and anyone who came and donated blood got an i-tunes gift card.”
The week’s events culminated with the annual Greek Talent Show on Saturday. Each fraternity and sorority performed a group talent with one candidate from each house competing for the title of Greek God or Goddess. Rob Moore, class of 2008 from Bethel Park, Pa., a member of Phi Kappa Psi, and Halle McGuire, class of 2007 from Bexley, Ohio, a member of Kappa Delta, were named Greek God and Goddess respectively.
“This is an excellent way to represent the eccentricities and outgoing nature of all Greek Wittenberg students,” said Mark Preston, class of 2008 from Naples, Fla., a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. “Greek Week as a whole is great. It definitely sets the tone for an unparalleled level of unity among the Greek community for the year.”
- Written By: Kimie James '07
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