Under the theme of “Let’s get together and feel alright,”ESU’s Greek community organized Greek Week activities with support from students.
Greek Week 2010 started on Monday and ended today. This year’s week of competitionand community service covered all sororities and fraternities in events ranging from all Greek and Faculty Sand Volleyball Tournament to Canoe Races.
Jason Bosch, assistant director of student involvement for Greek Life, defines Greek Life as “ Leave Your Legacy.”
“Greek Week is really about coming together as a Greek community to build friendships and celebrate our accomplishments for the year,” Bosch said.
Greek Weekwas put on by a planning committee that coordinates all of the Greek Week activities, led by the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Association Activities Chairs, Lauren Leif, Greek Week co-chair andjunior communications major, and Ryan Westmoreland.
The week began with Dunk a Greek on Monday in Union Square. The money will be donated to Haiti.
“It was fun, wet, and all for a good cause,” said George Jeng, junior information systems major and recruitment chair for Sigma Pi Epsilon.“I’m glad I can help raise money that will be donated to Haiti.”
Dunk-A-Greek was $1 for three throws.
“I felt nervous because I didn’t want to get cold and wet. Sometimes I was hoping people would miss,” said Kyle Farmer, vice president of finance for Sigma Pi Epsilon and secondary social studies education major. “I thought it was a good idea to raise money to help another country in need, to help out others.”
On Monday afternoon,the All Greek and Faculty Sand Volleyball Tournament took place on the court outside Morse Hall. Kappa Sigma won the No.1 ranking, followed by Alpha Kappa Lambda, Sigma Tau Gamma, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Pi and Phi Delta Theta.
On Tuesday, fraternities and sororities members wore Greek Week T-shirts.
Wednesday was spent with Greeks participating in events outdoors like Canoe Racing, Tug of War and a Greek Relay.
While Greek Week hinges on participation from Greek community, all ESU students as well as the community as a whole are encouraged to participate in competitive events.
“It is a time where the Greek Community can show its unity to ESU as well as the pride we have in being Greek,”Lief said. “Greek Week gives students on our campus a chance to see our Greek values at work. Being Greek is all about promising to hold you to a higher standard and this time allows the Greeks to show that to ESU as well as celebrate together. The great thing about Greek Week is that it is a team effort, no one chapter could ever do it on their own and it’s wonderful to see how much we can accomplish when we come together and use all of our skills to put together all of the events.”
At the last day of events today, the participating sororities and fraternities will be presented with awards and recognitions. After the performances, the winner of Greek Week will be announced.
“I hope the ESU campus and Emporia community will see the positive things the Greek community is doing this week. These projects are just a sample of the many service and philanthropic projects Greeks do every semester,” Bosch said.
Bosch was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Wichita State University and remembers what he gained from it.
“I had a great experience in my chapter and I owe a lot of my personal and professional success to my fraternity,” he said.