When I first joined a sorority, I knew there would be certain requirements – service hours to fulfill, meetings to attend, recruitment events to host. I never thought one of these requirements would be dancing in a Mrs. Potato Head costume to Spice Girls and other songs from my childhood. No, I haven’t finally cracked under the strenuous pressures of college life. I’m merely participating in my sorority’s Greek Week dance, which pays homage to various pop culture icons of the ‘90s.
This week Gannon welcomes in spring by celebrating its annual Greek Week. Each sorority or fraternity on campus teams up and participates in activities and obstacles. The purpose of Greek Week is to promote unity between the fraternities and sororities on campus as well as publicize what each organization has to offer to prospective pledges.
The teams competing for the gold are: Delta Sigma Phi and Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Phi Delta and Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Chi and Phi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Gamma Delta and Tau Kappa Epsilon, Zeta Beta Tau and Sigma Sigma Sigma. Fraternities compete against fraternities, and sororities compete against sororities. Judges stress that teams are required to be respectful toward one another and have members in each event.
Greek Week opened April 14 at the Carneval Athletic Pavilion with a flag football game followed by a pool raft race. Later that day was a “Family Feud” and “Newlyweds” competition. Tuesday’s event was the always-popular dodgeball tournament. On Wednesday, a lip sync talent show and the Greek Week God/Goddess competition took place. Finally, Greek Week closes at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Hammermill Center with a dance-off between each of the teams.
In spite of the fact that I have two left feet and am about as graceful as Shrek, I’d like to think the dance is coming along nicely. My partner and I have the basic steps down and are working on coordinating costumes. I’m ecstatic to participate in my very first Greek Week, as many of my sisters have said this is their favorite part of being in the sorority. Feel free to stop by any of the locations and cheer for your favorite sorority or fraternity!