Greek Week competitions fosters unity, philanthropyBy Brittney Knox | 03/29/2011 11:14pm
Through the ticket sales for Greek Week from all four councils, the University of Alabama greek system will be able to give out about $100,000 in grant money that have been applied for by Tuscaloosa non-profits.
“Greek Week is a great opportunitie for all the greeks to come out and support a good cause,” said Olivia Hunnicutt, vice president of the Panhellenic council.
She said the pairings include two sororities and two fraternities that have been working together for the past month to complete service hours at a location of their choice.
“In the past, the pairings have done community service on one day during Greek Week, but this time we thought it would give them a chance to spend more time at a location if they had the entire month,” Hunnicutt said. “From this effort, greeks were able to do about 200,000 service hours.”
Monday began with bowling at Bama Lanes from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.; on Tuesday there was a basketball tournament at 6 p.m.; today there is dodgeball at the Sigma Nu fraternity house at 7:30 p.m.; on Thursday there will be a dance scene event at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house at 7 p.m. and on Friday there will be the sorority row banner competition and the announcement of the winning pairings at noon.
“At each event the pairings that win will get points to add to their score for the week,” Hunnicutt said. “The winning pairing gets a $1,000 to each of their philanthropies.”
Typically Greek Week has been geared toward the Inter-Fraternity Council and Panhellenic, but this year it includes the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the United Greek Council.
Robert Rolfe, Jr., IFC executive vice president, said another purpose of Greek Week is to unite all councils.
He said the programming board, which consists of five members from each council, plans Greek Week.
“The purpose of the programming board is so that each council can help the others on their annual major event,” Rolfe said.
Panhellenic’s event is Greek Week, IFC’s event is GreekFest, NPHC’s event is the Homecoming Step Show and the UGC is hoping to bring their new annual event which would be a stroll competition, Rolfe said.
Brandi Morrison, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and member of the greek programming board, attended bowling at Bama Lanes and said she was pleased with the large about of participation at the event.
“I helped with the programming board to organize all the events for this week and we are hoping to see a great turn-out at all the events, and this is a great start,” she said.
Morrison said this week gives greeks the chance to come together and serve the community and help organizations around Tuscaloosa, all while having fun.
John Dorsett, a member of Kappa Alpha, participated with his pairing to bowl for the chance to win points for his team and possibly win at the end of the week.
“Events like this are a good way to come out, have fun and meet new people,” he said.
Greek Week Events
Monday: Bowling at Bama Lanes
Tuesday: Basketball tournament at 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Dodgeball at Sigma Nu at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday: Dance scene event at Sigma Alpha Epsilon at 7 p.m.
Friday: Sorority row banner competition