It was that time of year again for the Greek community. Greek Week graced the campus of UCM, beginning with a blood drive April 7 and concluding with closing ceremonies Tuesday.
Sigma Tau Gamma and Sigma Sigma Sigma were named 5 Star Fraternity and Sorority, respectively.
The Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity and Greek Week partners Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority won first place overall.
Greek Week featured various required events for Greek members such as a tug-of-war, kickball and flag football tournament, a step show, and a benefit 5K run Saturday, supporting the Blaine Whitworth charitable foundation.
Members of Greek life said they enjoyed the festivities and the hard work.
Last year, Alpha Gamma Delta had rechartered just three weeks before Greek Week, and other chapters helped with their involvement. This year, the sorority was partnered with the Delta Chi fraternity, and received no extra help. Some members had to quickly pick up on the Greek Week rituals, such as chanting to announce attendance.
“I think it was harder because we had to explain how everything went, especially like to us new initiates,” said Allyson Burkemper, sophomore Alpha Gamma Delta member.
Freshman Alpha Gamma Delta member Morgan Schomburg also had to adapt to the roll call ritual.
“Yeah, they would be like, ‘We have roll call,’ and we would be like, ‘What is that?’” Schomburg said.
Each fraternity and sorority chose a god or goddess to represent their organization during the events, not unlike homecoming. Junior Kate Crotty served as Alpha Omicron Pi sorority’s goddess and enjoyed the weeklong experience and the months of preparation leading to it.
She said it strengthened her bond with her sisters and the Greek community.
“It gives our chapter a chance to spread our connections with other people on campus,” Crotty said. “I also enjoyed representing (Alpha Omicron Pi) because it showed me how much I love my sorority and how much they support me.”
During closing ceremonies, Alan Nordyke, director of Residence and Greek Life, dismissed a negative stigma attached to fraternities and sororities, instead offering accomplishments made by UCM Fraternity and Sorority Life in 2014. Those feats included raising more than $25,000 through the Big Pink volleyball tournament in four years and a membership count of more than 1,100.
Crotty also condemned a negative stereotype associated with Greek life and alcohol consumption.
“With partying, I would not associate it with Greek life,” Crotty said. “College students will be college students. If they go out, that is their decision, but I know many people who stay in on weekends and have movie nights. It’s personal opinion that should be grouped with overall college students, not Greek life.”
PHOTO SUBMITTED BY HANNAH GREGORY: From left, Delta Zeta sisters Allie Sparks, Emma Darling, Emily Smith and Elli Keppner pose in Hendricks Hall before Greek Week’s Step Show Wednesday, April 15 to show off their capes worn in honor of Delta Zeta’s superhero theme.