Unity, Team Spirit and Togas? - Greek Week at ODU
Monday’s array of Greek lettered T-shirts or widespread display of school colors proves it’s Greek Week.
Monday, March 26 marked the beginning of Greek Week 2012. Greek Week is an annual event that serves as a platform to unify all Greek chapters and councils. Greek Week allows fraternity and sorority members to promote a positive image throughout campus.
This week allows fraternity and sorority chapters to compete in various activities and the hope their team will be named champions at Sunday’s award ceremony. Wanting no one chapter to have an advantage because of size, teams were placed together in January by the Fraternity and Sorority Life committee. Throughout the week, each of the five teams will participate in competitive events for points. Points will be awarded in increments of ten, fifty for placing first in an event and ten for placing fifth.
Greek Week is not new to Old Dominion, but this is the first year members have had an active role in planning the week’s events. For months, chapter members have met with ODU’s Fraternity and Sorority Life committee, deciding which events would be added or taken away from the roster.
Although participation is limited to only fraternity and sorority members, all ODU students are encouraged to come out and watch. On Wednesday, March 28, there will be Greek’s Sing in North Café at 8:30 p.m. Team members will sing, dance or act for audience members. Friday, March 30 will be Greek Week’s first powder-puff game. Kick off will be at 4 p.m. in the Quad. During halftime, audience members will be treated to a cheer show presented by the men of each team.
Greek Week is also used to give back to the community. Throughout the week each team will be raising money for Relay for Life with Penny Wars. Penny Wars will begin Monday and end Friday at 2 p.m. Non-Greek students can participate in this competition. Teams will have a jar located in the OSAL office and each jar will be available during OSAL hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For every penny collected, teams will earn positive points, and will be docked points for each silver coin or dollar. Students may place donations in any of the five jars. Teams will also be competing to collect recyclables for ODU’s Recoverable Resources program.
Greek Week coordinator Jayme Watkins encouraged participants to list memories they made during the week. “I want students to look back and remember having a good time. I also hope this time will give everyone a chance to get to know each other within the Greek community and form bonds that may have not been formed otherwise.”
By: Dominique Bailey