Greek week provides competition, unity for Washburn’s greek community

Tricia Friesen

Greek Week, a week celebrating Washburn’s Greek community, kicks off at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Phi Delta Theta house.

Paige Siegel, Greek council president, said the goal of Greek Week is to improve Greek unity.

“The whole week is dedicated to the Greek community,” said Siegel. “It’s a time to come together as a community and participate in activities and events.”

Siegel also said Greek Week is a time that the Greek chapters can let loose and have fun together.

At 7 p.m. tomorrow evening in Washburn Room A, there will be a lip-sync competition between all nine sorority and fraternity houses. Lip-Sync consists of musical skits that each chapter performs which are critiqued by a panel of judges. The judges choose two sororities or fraternities as finalists, and then the two must compete head-to-head for first place. On Wednesday, April 11, T.J. Sullivan, a Greek speaker, will be discussing “Confronting the Idiot in Your Chapter.” This event is closed to the public. Thursday, April 12, will be the Greeks’ philanthropy day. The Greek chapters will go to Brewster Place, a retirement community in Topeka, to participate in activities with the elderly. This event is closed to the public as well.

The Greek council , consisting of two representatives from each of the houses and their advisor, Marsha Carrasco Cooper, director of Student Activities and Greek Life, started planning activities for the week in January.

John Warren, member of the Delta Chi fraternity, said his favorite event during Greek Week was the lip-sync.

“It gives a chance for healthy rivalry,” said Warren. “We are not competing against one sorority or fraternity; we are competing against all the Greek houses. This gives us a chance to show a lot of school spirit and have fun.”

Warren said Greek week displays what the Greek system should symbolize as a community.