It is a great day to be an eagle. It’s an even better day to be a Greek. This last week marked the quintessential time to be a Greek. Greek Week.
Greek Week is five days of harsh competition. It is a battle between the fraternities and the sororities. It is the fraternities against the fraternities and the sororities against the sororities. It marks the most hectic and blood-boiling week that any Greek will face.
The week long competition between the Greek chapters ultimately yields a victor. There were five fraternities and four sororities taking it to the edge of all reason in sports, speakers, dancing and singing.
The participating groups were Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Pi Lamda Phi, Sigma Nu and Sigma Phi Epsilon all competing for the gold. Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Omicron Pi and Alpha Xi Delta were the competing sororities.
The Greek Week schedule started on Monday and ended on Saturday with events throughout the entire week. Monday kicked off with the football competition. It began as a day of fear, since football is the sport that brings out the anger and pumps the adrenaline into the blood of men and women. The day turned out to be almost low-key with only a few cuts and bruises. The Beta’s came out on top along with the Alpha Phi’s.
Tuesday was dedicated to the dodge ball event. The victor for the men was Phi Delta Theta, while the women engrossed themselves in the fast-paced action of volleyball with the Gamma Phi’s coming out on top.
Wednesday was the obstacle course with the all-Greek BBQ, including a speaker. The Sigma Nu’s came out on top for the obstacle course. Also in the lead for the ladies was Alpha Omicron Pi.
All of the houses won when each chapter was represented at the speaker’s presentation, who spoke about how to improve chapter meetings, and Greek relations in general.
Thursday was the basketball competition. This day turned out to be one of the worst because of the weather. It seemed that mother nature wanted it to rain. This competition was double elimination, and because of that SigEp came out on top winning both the first and second place positions. The Gamma Phi’s took the ball and slammed into the first place position.
And then, finally, it was Friday, the day that all of the houses had been waiting for. It was the day of the lip sync competition, the grand daddy of all of Greek Week. This event was worth the most points and gave the victor the right to brag for the next year.
In this event each house gets eight minutes to come up with some kind of routine. Each house comes up with songs that they lip sync and along with the songs, some kind of choreographed dance.
Each house is judged, and the house with the best routine wins. “ABC, 123,” by the Jackson 5, “Afternoon Delight,” from the movie Anchorman, and “Hollaback Girl,” by Gwen Stefani were just a handful of songs that some of the houses chose to do.
SigEp came out victorious, along with Alpha Xi Delta. All of the contestants gave great performances. A lot of dance numbers and some old school songs gave a shout out to the performers who have come before us.
After a week of hard work, it all paid off in the end. For the fourth year in a row, Sigma Phi Epsilon was granted the name Greek Week Champions. This year however, it was more of a close call with the sororities, with a tie between the Alpha Phi’s and the Gamma Phi’s. Many Greeks consider seeing their Greek brothers and sisters battle to the bone is one of the most exciting times they will ever experience.
I give this announcement to all of the students of this great campus, come and check out all that Greek Life has to offer you. Come and be part of something that can fill you with such a sense of joy and pride. Be a part of something that is bigger than yourselves.
Jeremy Glines is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon house.