By BEN BRUHNKE
It may not take a lot of skill to jump from a
12-foot-high diving board and belly flop into the water, eat as many hot dogs
as possible in a five-minute period, or the most strenuous of all, run a 100-yard dash in a toga. But skill takes a back seat
to entertainment and fun during the wild competitions of Greek Week.
Greek Week is a week-long event where different
fraternities and sororities on campus are teamed up and compete in a variety of
competitions. Mallory Zangla, a member of Phi Mu sorority and a junior finance major, said Greek Week is
great for unifying Greek organizations with one another.
This year’s winners, Kappa Delta sorority, Pi Kappa Alpha
fraternity and Kappa Sigma Fraternity, were announced the night of April 28 at
the Que Stick, located at 2010
W. Alabama Ave.
In addition to the
awards, Kent and Laura Clark, a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and a senior
political science major, were named this year’s Greek Man and Woman of the
“I was very excited to receive the award,” Kent
“It is a very prestigious honor to be picked for this.
It’s almost a cloud nine kind of award to me.”
“Fraternities and sororities are all about spirit and
having a good time,” Zangla said. “But Greek Week is
the best because we can all come together as Greeks and just be silly and show
some spirit for our organization.”
Klark Kent, president of the Intrafraternity Council and a senior professional aviation
major, said this year’s events were put together to be less competitive and
“We didn’t want to completely take away the feeling of
competition from Greek Week, but we wanted it to be games that were just fun,” Kent
said. “Think about it; how mad can you really get at someone who beats you in a
hot dog eating contest?”
The week of competition began April 24 with track and
field competitions that included a “wheel barrow” race, backward running race,
balloon toss and a 100 yard dash.
The next day was the “belly flop” competition for the men
and a dive competition for the women, where each competitor had to dive through
“The belly flop [competition] was the most exciting for me because I
got to do synchronized swimming,” Blair Knicely, a
member of Sigma Kappa sorority a senior marketing major and said.
“Me and a couple of my sorority
sisters did a routine for the spirit competition part on [April 25]. It was a
lot of fun.”
Bryant DuBose, a member of
Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and a sophomore business major, said the belly
flop competition was a good experience despite the pain.
“That splash hurt like crazy, but I made third place,” DuBose said. “I had fun, and I knew I could make a great
The competition on April 26 was the hot dog eating
contest. Dustin Willis, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and a
sophomore art major, said the most difficult challenge of the competition was
not getting sick.
“I just wanted to put as many wieners in my mouth as
possible,” Willis said.
“Before the competition started, I thought I could eat a
lot, but I made fourth place. I think one of the girls even beat me.”
Guest speaker Mike Sterner came to visit the campus to
discuss drunk driving April 27.
Sterner shared with the audience his experience of loss
during a drunk driving incident.
“It was so sad and touching at the same time to hear him
speak,” Zangla said. “I think it gave all of us a big
dose of reality.”
The final competition was a team volleyball tournament
that took place April 28.
Not all of this year’s competitions were for
The competition also involved a week long blood drive
that took place in Tolliver Hall and a canned food drive for the Christian
Community Action, a local donation program.
“The blood drive and canned food drive were a huge
“Before the canned food drive started, the food bank was
nearly out of food, but we raised over 13,000 cans for them. Now they are
overstocked. It’s a great feeling to be able to make that much of an impact in
such a short time.”
During Greek Week, two fraternities and one sorority were
placed on a team to compete together in the various competitions. During the
competitions, points were tallied together for each team, and the one team with
the most points won the competition.
Caty Jones, social chair for the
Panhellenic Council and a sophomore speech major,
said this year’s Greek Week was better than last year’s competition because of
the level of spirit and positive attitudes.
“Last year was a lot more competitive, more people
getting upset with each other about losing,” Jones said.
“This year worked out so well because we strayed away
from extreme competition and everyone had a great attitude. The events this
year were events that inspired Greek unity.”