Greek Week celebrates GC sororities and fraternities
The Georgia College sororities and fraternities brought their best game to this year’s Greek Week events. Greek Week began on April 13 and organizations competed for six days in a series of events including softball, flag football, tug-of-war and an obstacle course.
“People get really involved,” said Christine Podwoski, a member of the Greek Steering Committee and member of Alpha Delta Pi. “Everyone wants their chapter to win. It’s really competitive.
In each event the organization that comes in first gets a certain number of points, and the organization in second gets a certain number, and so on, according to Podwoski. The organization with the most number of points at the end is the champion of Greek Week.
On Friday, April 13, Greek Week began with softball at the intramural fields. The winning sorority was Phi Mu and the winning fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha. Phi Mu and Pike were victorious on Saturday in flag football.
Sunday morning, Greek members dug their heels in the dirt in the tug of war. Pike came out the strongest along with Kappa Delta.
Sunday night was the Greek Show in the Centennial Center. This event included the god and goddess competition, the Greek Sing and the step show. Each organization chose one member to represent them as Greek god or goddess. These students dressed in togas as a Greek god or goddess and were carried in on thrones. These contestants had to answer one question about Greek Life at GC and were judged on their answers as well as their entrance. Zeta Tau Alpha and Pi Kappa Phi won this competition.
Following the god and goddess competition was the Greek Sing. This year’s theme was musicals. Each fraternity was paired with a sorority and members of each organization performed songs from musicals. Zeta and Kappa Alpha won first place with their performance of “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from the musical “The Lion King.”
The step competition completed the night. Only sororities competed in this event, and Delta Zeta took first place.
Tuesday and Wednesday at the Wellness and Recreation Center, the organizations competed in basketball, volleyball and swimming. Swimming has not been an event in Greek Week for years, but with the new WRC they decided to bring it back this year, according to Podwoski.
Pike won basketball and swimming, and Delta Sigma Phi won volleyball. ADPi won basketball, Phi Mu won volleyball, and Delta Zeta won swimming.
Thursday there was a superhero-themed Can Serve-a-thon in the MSU Lounge. Each fraternity and sorority paired up to build superhero statues out of canned food. All the canned food was donated to local food banks. According to Kendall Stiles, Director of the GIVE Center, at least 75 percent of the structure had to be made of cans. Each structure was judged and Phi Mu and KA won.
Thursday night, two members of each organization teamed up to compete in the Warrior Dash, an obstacle course event new this year. According to Podwoski, the Greek Week committee worked with Lake Laurel staff to create the obstacle course. It was 1.5 miles and included obstacles where the team members had to climb a rope wall, crawl under ropes in the muddy water, and solve puzzles. Delta Zeta and Delta Sigma Phi were the Warrior Dash victors.
“It required more team work than I thought, and the running was more difficult, but it was fun,” said Anna Evert, one of Delta Zeta’s team members in the dash and junior exercise science major.
After the Warrior Dash, the awards were announced on Front Campus. The tension was high as each winner was announced. Finally, the champions of this year’s Greek Week were announced. First place went to Phi Mu and Pike.
Each Greek member had their own favorite part of Greek Week.
“My favorite part was tug, because I was a part of it,” said Mary Katherine Bickes, sophomore mass communication major, and member of ADPi. “But I liked step and Greek Sing because it was awesome. Those girls worked really hard and it paid off.”
Sororities and Fraternities competed in challenges all week to be crowned best Greek organization on campus. Pi Kappa Alpha came out on top amongst the guys and Phi Mu won out over the ladies. Members of Pike and Kappa Delta pulled their teams to victory in the tug-o-war. Delta Zeta stomped on the competition to with the step show.