Greeks get whipped to raise funds for Our House
The campus was covered in a celebration of Greek unity, pride, and even whipped cream, last week. As part of the University’s annual Greek Week the 13 Greek organizations on campus joined forces to have fun, show their competitive side and raise money for local homeless shelter Our House.
In the spirit of competition, the Greeks divided into three teams (A, B and C) squaring off in a kickball tournament, tug-of-war, capture the flag, a quiz bowl and step show. Other events of the week included a kick off party, field day, volunteer day, and a lunch hour dedicated to the classic American carnival game, Pie in the Face.
For only $1, students and faculty alike had the opportunity to smash a whipped cream pie in one lucky Greek’s kisser on Wednesday, April 13. Throwing from 8-feet away, needless to say not only faces ended up covered in whipped cream. The students, sidewalk, and even foliage of the Donaghey Student Center Mall were splattered with a sugary sweet coating that would make Willy Wonka jealous.
“It was so much fun,” said Tiffany Thompson freshman Kappa Delta sister. “It’s like pie therapy! Why don’t we do this everyday?” she joked.
Along with the Pie A Greek fundraiser, the Greeks hosted a weeklong jar war. A table set up in the DSC housed three jars stuffed with money. Each dollar bill placed in a team’s jar earned them 100 points, while change like a nickel cost the team a five-point deduction.
Team B, which consisted of Omega Psi Phi, Chi Omega, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Kappa Sigma, was victorious over the other Greeks earning the most points and money. The real winner of Greek Week was Our House, which thanks to the hard work and dedication of the organizations was presented with a check for $2500.
A banquet on Friday, April 15, culminated Greek Week and the organizations’ were recognized for their efforts in the past year. Phi Beta Sigma and Alpha Kappa Alpha were awarded for having the highest overall grade point averages in 2010. The women of Sigma Gamma Rho were honored with the Interfraternal Relations Award. Phi Beta Sigma also won the award for most improved chapter. Kappa Sigma won Chapter of the Year for fraternities, while the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha took home the sorority counterpart.
With over 800 hours of community service, 26 service projects, and actions that strongly embody the values of scholarship, leadership, service and friendship the men of Alpha Phi Alpha were awarded the 2010 Greek Trojan Cup.
“We created this award five years ago to commemorate the values for which all fraternities and sororities were founded upon,” said Jenny Hunt, Greek life advisor.