Fraternities, sororities unite in newly resurrected Greek Week

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go here Fraternity and Sorority Life brought back Greek Week last week, after the event was on hiatus for the past few years.

see url The four-day event started on Wednesday and gave Greek students opportunities to participate in many events on any of the days. The theme for the week was a throwback to the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, and teams were separated into those categories for the events. “The concept behind Greek Week is to build the community,” said Ashley Sepessy, director of Social Programming of Inter-Fraternal Programming Board.

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This year, the Greek Week Planning Committee decided to have four main teams: the College Panhellenic Council, Inter-Fraternal Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Multicultural Greek Council.

“With bringing in all four councils together, it allows for the school and students to grow closer to one another,” Sepessy said. “In the past, it was simply based on one organization going against all the others. This year, with the four main teams, it is comprised of four to five organizations built into one. With this, it allows others to meet new people and learn about the different councils hopefully bringing this campus closer together as a Greek community.”

Aubrey Frazier, assistant director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, said, “Greek Week is supposed to be a time the fraternity and sorority community comes together to foster a stronger sense of community through fun activities, such as lip sync. I was very adamant when speaking with the student leaders about bringing Greek Week back that I would only allow it if it more closely aligned with our values of Fraternity and Sorority Life while creating opportunities for them to build unity within the community by creating teams of chapters rather than every chapter competing by themselves.”

The new guidelines for Greek Week included reducing the days to three so that it would not interfere with classes; the chapters competing in all activities as part of one of the four teams; and participating in a day of community service.

“As the community continues to grow, Greek Week will continue to be a way to bring our FSL community together and provide opportunities for them to engage with one another in meaningful ways,” Frazier said.

The newly revamped Greek Week now is something UWF has never seen before. The week kicked off Wednesday with Bill Battle. This event had team members standing on the Cannon Green and collecting as many $1 bills as possible. The money collected was donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Thursday was the Greek Week Day of Service. The teams went into downtown Pensacola and cleaned up Palafox Street.

Also on Thursday was Take Back the Night (TBTN) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. TBTN focuses on informing students, faculty, and anyone in the crowd on the importance of sexual violence awareness and safety.

“My favorite event from Greek Week is Take Back the Night,” said Steven Shapiro, senior journalism major and Sigma Alpha Mu member. This event is personal to your fraternity. We had a sweetheart named Susan Lee Morris, but she was assaulted in the early ’90s. We have a bench dedicated to her on campus, and every year Sigma Alpha Mu goes with Alpha Gamma Delta to her bench and circles around it. We sing her sweetheart song and honor her in the moment. This is why the event is personal to us.”

Later, the Field House was the site of the Lip Sync contest. When teams checked in, they were separated into the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s eras of music.

Erin Snyder, graduate assistant and Greek Week adviser, put the teams together. “We put the teams together based on numbers,” Snyder said. “There are small chapters and large chapters, and we had to spread numbers and pair chapters together that don’t normally work together. This is a way for them to make new friends.”

On Saturday afternoon, Field Day was held at the soccer fields and included a kickball tournament, tug-of-war, a three-legged relay race, and an egg toss.

Christian Helsel, senior sports management major, said, “I came out today and had a great time. It was a blast. Greek unity is key on this campus. I feel like all the fraternities and sororities came closer, and I think it was a great thing.”

Mario Tobar, sophomore mathematics major, participated in the field events and said, “My favorite part of Greek Week was seeing everyone come together and stay positive and interested. I was happy to see that everyone could come together.”

Dave Lacosse, junior mechanical engineering major, said, “Overall, it was a great event and a lot of groups came together to get to know one another. Maybe we can collaborate together more in the future and have more events like this in the future.”

For more on Fraternity and Sorority Life or future events, visit the official FSL page.