Every year, Millersville University’s All Greek Organization hosts Greek Week, a week-long event where 19 different MU Greek organizations come together for a friendly competition. With a total of ten challenges, Greek Week will be held from Monday, April 28 through Friday, May 2. This year’s theme corresponds with the popular Hunger Games series, where organizations will be divided into four different districts according to their assigned element: water, earth, fire or air.
Although MU’s Greek organizations put in a lot of time and effort into the event, Greek Week couldn’t happen without the support of the All Greek Council, which serves as the information center which allocates the events for campus fraternities and sororities.
“The purpose for Greek Week is for people to build new relationships within the Greek community, but also to try and change how Greek life is perceived by those outside of the organization,” says Jon Light, a Tau Kappa Epsilon member of 3 years, and the current Greek Week Coordinator.
In past years, Greek Week has been fairly private, but the All Greek Council hopes that more non-affiliated students will come to events to spectate and support their friends. Light admits that previous Greek Weeks have also felt more like part of a chore. “Hopefully, the council’s early planning and cool theme should induce excitement,” he says.
“Greek Week is a time to have fun; it is not all about the competition,” says All Greek Council President Nicole Guy, a Delta Zeta member of two years. “It is also a great way to show the charity organizations we are involved in.”
Although the nature of the competition is friendly, many Greeks immerse themselves in the challenge by bonding over the significant amount of prep-work necessary for the events. Guy recalls many late nights spent with teammates decorating flags, banners and perfecting the toga designs for the Greek and Goddess competition.
This year, there will be a total of ten events. One ongoing event will benefit a Harrisburg-based organization called Caitlin Smiles, which is dedicated to giving sick children laughs, hopes and smiles through the distribution of craft kits, small toys and monthly cards. Each Greek chapter will be allotted 50 cloth squares to decorate, which will be collected to make one quilt to be donated to the organization.
Some other events to look forward to include a Tug of War, an Eating Contest, Flag Football, two Field Days, Glow in the Dark Flag Football, a Chariot Race and Closing Ceremonies.
The Chariot Race is perhaps one of the most challenging events because it requires each team to construct and build a chariot out of wood or metal.
During this race, four people at most can pull the chariot, but two Sorority members must be able to fit safely inside. “Usually fraternity men act as the horses by running and pushing, and the sorority women sit on the chariot,” explains Light. Teams will not only be judged based on their performance, but also on the aesthetic looks of their chariots.
Ultimately, only one team will win the competition. The council is hoping to provide a trophy and plaque for the winning team, so it can be lent to the winning team every year.
What makes Greek life so great? Both Light and Guy find no words adequate to describe their experiences in the Greek community. While “brotherhood” and “sisterhood” escape from their lips, “it is just something you have to be a part of to understand,” Guy says. “It is a feeling of being involved in something so much bigger than yourself. I only wish I had joined sooner.”