Student shares importance of Greek Week

By Jacob Dowell

April 9, 2014

What is Greek Week?

For the Greeks on campus, they could talk someone’s ear off about it, but for a large number of people who are not in the Greek community, it is just a week when you see a variety of foreign letters.

This week is for social fraternities and sororities, which means that specialized Greek letter organizations are not associated with this week. This would not include the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha (Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America) and other organizations that fit that bill. With that being said, there is no disrespect to the other organizations that are not social; they still do many great things for the campus and community, but this is not their week.

The organizations that are involved include the IFC fraternities: Phi Delta Theta, Phi Sigma Kappa and Tau Kappa Epsilon; the PanHellenic sororities: Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Sigma Alpha and Sigma Sigma Sigma; and The National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternity and sororities: Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta.

To start off, Greek Week is not like the movies where they drink a lot of beer, have a variety of sexual challenges that cross some lines and talk trash on each other’s fraternity or sorority.

Greek Week about loving one another, taking pride in their organizations and having the opportunity to compete. In this week, all differences are set aside and everyone interacts in a variety of ways.

The entire week is given an overall theme, like The Hunger Games for this year, and each organization is given an underlying theme, like District 4 from the movie. During the week, the organizations will be paired with other organizations, or by themselves, where they will compete for points which are judged by a Greek Week committee. Whichever organizations have the most points will be declared Greek Week champions at the awards banquet.

One of the day’s events includes a Greek Olympics style completion.  Here they typically have tug of war, chariot race, some sports events like basketball and other physical activities.

A skill competition is usually on another day. At Missouri Western, this is a dance competition where they choreograph dance and select music to their specific theme. This also usually includes the making of some sort of banner or poster to show artistic and creative ability.

The trivia portion is oddly one of the most competed days. The questions always include topics on the university, the St. Joseph community, Greek life and that year’s theme. During the 2012 Nickelodeon-themed trivia, people were slimed.

The philanthropy day is one of the biggest days. Each organization creates some sort of game, booth or program to raise money for the charity of that year’s choosing. Past years have included a blood drive and a series of games that students could pay to play and this year’s Relay for Life.

The final day, which there is no particular order on days, is not a set day of events. Every year a new event is chosen. The event could be a community service event, anther sports day and so on. The possibilities are limitless.

Although this week is dedicated to social Greek organizations, every student is encouraged to come watch, and is some aspects, participate. Greek Week is meant for unity, which extends to the entire campus.

In years to come, attend the events and support Missouri Western Greek life and the campus as a whole. Maybe seeing what really happens in this week will show the real side of the Greeks.