Washburn hosts annual Greek Week festivities

Ivan Moya, [email protected], is a senior mass media and political science major.

Washburn University’s Greek life organizations kicked off their annual Greek Week events this Monday  where fraternities and sororities will compete in a series of games and activities to see who comes out on top. 

“It’s a way for all Greek chapters to have a fun competition and to do the best that they can do in differentent things,” said Blair Capps, junior political science major and coordinator of the Greek Week events. 

The week will provide a light-hearted, competitive environment. Capps believes that the week will reflect both physical and mental wellness in the Greek Week activities. This past Monday, the chapters participated in a trivia night competition at the Bradbury Thompson Center.

Teams had to answer questions from Washburn and Greek history to ‘90s cartoons and song lyrics. The fraternity Phi Delta Theta and the sorority Delta Gamma were the finalists with the Phi Delts winning out in the tie-breaker. 

Fraternities and sororities will also take time during the week to give back to their community through philanthropic efforts. Tuesday was used as a staff appreciation day. The chapters set up tables and passed out ice cream to the Washburn administration. The Greek chapters are also involved in a diaper drive to collect diapers for the Topeka community. 

Wednesday will feature a more leisure atmosophere for the week. The chapters will host a live performance from the Joe Moorhead Band, from Cleveland, Ohio at 7 p.m. The band will bring a soft Rock vibe to Washburn with its west coast acoustic style. 

Other competition events include a Thursday lip sync competition where contestants are asked to perform a seven minute song and dance routine in front of a row of guest judges. Fraternities and sororities will be judged seperately. On Friday, there will be a Greek Olympic  competition at Yager Stadium. The Olympics will feature a relay race, water balloon toss, sheet race, Bocce Ball and a tug-of-war. 

“It’s a fun experience for all students. It’s great to see how panhellenic the girls can really get as they cheer everyone on,” said Krysta Horning, junior psychology major and member of Zeta Tau Alpha. 

Capps coordinated the event with the help of Greek chapters, the Student Activities and Greek Life office and the Campus Activities Board. Some events, like the live concert, required preparation weeks in advance. 

“It was a whole bunch of busy work and making sure that everything worked right,” said Capps. 

The week-long events will finish off with the Greek banquet next Monday.  Chapters will dress in formal attire and reflect on the year’s achievements  of the Greek community. Chapters and specific individuals will be given the ability to receive and give awards out. Many of these awards can be out of the box. 

“Its fun to see all the different awards. Some of them are quite funny,” said Horning. 

Among the most anticipated awards is the Grand Champion Award. The awards banquet will also give out an award based on the events that happened during Greek Week.