Greek week consists of games and community service

Fraternities and sororites joined together to help disabled people from Mosaic at the Special Olympics event as part of their Greek Week celebration

By Martina Dalla Zalla
On April 24, 2015

Photo by Marsalis Mahome: As partof ASU’s GreekWeek, the ladies of Sigma Kappa were charged to patch togethera puzzle of the Angelo State fight song.

Photo by Marsalis Mahome: Larissa Murphy, Delta Zeta member, focuses hard on trying to balance a event.
can of soda for a Greek Week event.

Photo by Marsalis Mahome: LoriLangston diligentlyfocuses onbalancing dice ona popsicle stick.Her Delta Zeta sisters urge her on to make it to the check point without dropping the dice during a Greek Week

The seven Greek chapters of ASU celebrated Greek Week April 11-17, which involves games, activities and community service on campus.

Greek Week is an annual event that occurs during the spring semester, Elizabeth Guzman, Greek Week Co-Chair, said.

“It resembles Homecoming Week, and is a time in which all fraternities and sororities at ASU come together and have fun,” Guzman said. “It is also a competition and an opportunity to do some community service.”

Gil Moreno, Greek Life programs manager, said that Greek Week consists of a week-long series of events and activities, one every day, organized by the seven fraternities and sororities of ASU, which are:

-Delta Zeta

-Sigma Kappa

-Kappa Delta Rho

-Kappa Sigma Colony

-Lambda Chi Alpha

-Pi Kappa Alpha

-Tau Kappa Epsilon

On Wednesday, many people with intellectual disabilities belonging to the organization Mosaic had the chance to have fun at the day’s event called Special Olympics. Mosaic is a San Angelo organization that provides support, possibilities of development, and services to the families of the disabled people.

Every chapter organized a different game. The games included popping a balloon by sitting on it, throwing a ball inside a series of buckets displayed in a row, bouncing a basketball through cones and/ or throwing the ball through a hoop, throwing a big plastic ring on a pole, a simpler version of baseball, and more.

“We expected about 25 people from the Mosaic homes,” Sierra Turney, treasurer of the Panhellenic Council, said. “But more people showed up and we really didn’t expect this. It is a great satisfaction.”

Every person from the Mosaic homes that wanted to take part in the games was assigned to a brother or sister, who was responsible for accompanying him/ her throughout the games.

Liam Johnston, member of Pi Kappa Alpha, was assigned to a woman named Mary. He said he helped her through the event playing games and talking with her.

“I felt happy that I was able to help someone and it was great to see how much fun she was having,” Johnston said. “At first it was challenging, particularly because I didn’t know what her exact condition was, but a few minutes after meeting her I began to understand her and then it wasn’t challenging.”

Johnston said that he enjoyed the Kappa Sigma fraternity baseball activity.

“Mary was really good at throwing the baseball and it made her so happy to be succeeding,” Johnston said.

The overall theme in this year’s Greek Week was sports, Guzman said.

“The other activities organized for the week were a rodeo-themed chili cook-off and dessert competition on Sunday, the show of the movie ‘The Blind Side’ on Monday, Greek Sing on Tuesday, Greek life education series on Thursday and an obstacle race on the ASU Mall on Friday,” Guzman said.

Guzman said that the Greek Week Selection Committee randomly assigned a different theme to every chapter, which they had to include somehow when participating in the activities.

Fleur Prins, member of Sigma Kappa, said her favorite event of the week was Greek Sing, during which at least 10 members of a fraternity or sorority had to sing or dance on the stage.

“While practicing for it we got a really good bonding with the girls,” Prins said. “It was fun performing and watching the other Greek organizations and see how everybody was supporting each other.”

Prins said she really enjoys Greek life, especially because there is no such thing in the Netherlands, where she comes from.

“Greek life itself gave me the opportunity to get my full American experience, meet new friends while doing community service and making new experiences, but above all learn about the values of the sorority,” Prins said.

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