FSU’s Greek Week Set to Begin April 25
What is Greek Week? It is a week-long friendly competition between the Greek organizations on campus. All of the organizations are split into three teams and are put through different challenges. At Frostburg State University, our Greek Week leads up to Relay for Life on Friday April 29, 2016, and is where all of the results of the competition is announced.
Each year has a theme. In the past the themes have been Hunger Games and Game of Thrones. This year is the year of the Goblet of Fire. Yup, that’s right, it’s Harry Potter. Most years, the organizations are split into three teams, but this year they will be divided into four houses. The teams are:
|Gryffindor||Alpha Sigma Alpha, Phi Mu Delta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Kappa Alpha Psi
|Slytherin||Alpha Sigma Tau, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Mu Alpha, and Phi Sigma Pi
|Hufflepuff||Delta Zeta, Delta Sigma pi, Pi Lambda Phi, Iota Phi Theta, and Delta Omicron
|Ravenclaw||Alpha Phi Omega, Kappa Pi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Kappa Delta Rho
This year’s competition follows a similar pattern to those of previous years. Greek week starts on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Going with the theme, each event has a fun twist to it to reflect Harry Potter. The first event is the Horcrux Hunt, a scavenger hunt across campus to find all the horcruxes before the other team. On Wednesday, April 27, there will be a series of challenges including the Tri-Wizard Tournament, a complex relay race. On Thursday, April 28, each team will show off their best moves at So You Think You Can Step. This event is open to the public, so non-Greeks are welcome to attend. This is a competitive show where each team performs a step routine of their own design and are judged based on precision, creativity, clarity, difficulty, and crowd reaction. Finally, on Friday the teams will compete in a Quidditch tournament in the Upper Quad.
Another element of Greek Week is the Greek God and Goddess competition. Each team selects a Greek God and Goddess to compete in extra competitions like a talent routine. They are supposed to represent their team as a whole throughout the games and have the most excitement and team spirit.
This year, Gabby Cousino, senior mass communication major, is the Greek Goddess for Hufflepuff. When asked why she volunteered she said, “I wanted to be Greek Goddess because I’ve always seen how much fun it is to represent the team that I participate in the games with during the week. I also like the fact that I get to bond with someone from another organization that I typically wouldn’t get to spend that much time with it!”
If this doesn’t already sound like a lot, on top of all of this each team has to make a Greek Week banner, a Relay for Life Banner, and film a video with a specific theme. Each team has to turn in their banners and video by April 20th. The banners will be displayed in Lane Center leading up to the competition. The videos will be debuted at the So You Think You can Step show during Greek Week.
There is a lot of planning that goes into Greek Week. Along with Jamie Winters, the Greek Life Advisor at Frostburg State, there is a committee made up of students from different organizations to put this whole week together.
On top of the committee, each team appoints different people to be in charge of the different elements that must be done by the team. Sam Metz is coordinating the step routine for Gryffindor this year.
Metz said, “They are doing great so far! It’s a blast! I’m getting to hang out with not only my sisters who I love, but also with SAE, PMD, and the Kappas who are all amazing guys.”
This year’s Greek Week is sure to be magical! Tickets for “So You Think You Can Step” will go on sale Monday, April 25 for $3.