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Greek Week returns to campus

A number of factors led to the three-year hiatus of Greek Week—the fact that no one was willing to host it chief among them.

The week, which is intended to highlight different elements of Greek life’s focus, including philanthropy and honor, will be making its return to campus next week under the leadership of senior Liz Hay.

And, despite the lack of interest in the past, students are hopeful that the return will be well-received.

The week will feature members of the Greek community reaching out to faculty to thank them for their work as well as an event encouraging local charter school students to pursue higher education. They will also host a tailgate party before next Saturday’s football game and a prom afterward.

Non-Greek students may attend or help with any of the events, which are scheduled to run from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5., but the week is targeted at the Greek community.

Tickets to Saturday’s Greek Prom will also be available to non-Greek students, but preference will be given to those in fraternities and sororities, Hay, who is the vice president of programming for the Women’s Panhellenic Association, said.

“In the future, we’d definitely consider opening it up more,” Hay said. “We’re trying to…show the administration that it’s a feasible event.”

The faculty and staff appreciation day will involve students delivering thank-you cards to different faculty, and the “Greek Day of Service” will bring students from the Knowledge Is Power Program Academy to campus to see what a day in the college world is like.

Other events, such as a men’s basketball game and women’s flag football game, will fill out the rest of the week, which will end with a barbecue event before the football game on Saturday, Oct. 5 as well as the prom.

“They’ve been hyping up Greek Week at chapter, and I’m really curious to see how it pans out,” senior and Alpha Omicron Pi member Kim Smith said. “I’ll try and make it out for a few events. It seems like a good way to meet other people involved in Greek life.”

Will Hunersen, a sophomore Sigma Nu member, also expressed excitement over the week.

“I think it’s healthy for people on campus,” he said. “I hope a lot of people go to the events.”

With additional reporting by Becky Prager.

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