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The few, the proud, the Greek: Greek Week starts

April 12, 2013

Allyson Frazier / The Courier - FIJI members Alistair Ramsay and John Don collect pennies as part of Greek Week. The money collected from the penny wars, car bash and other events will go towards the United Service Organization.

Greeks at Monmouth College might soon be donning camouflage, marching into file and getting ready for friendly combat for the annual Greek Week competition. Greeks in charge have planned usual competitive events including an obstacle course as well as campus-wide events such as a blood drive. Each year Greek Week is filled with several social and philanthropy events inspired by the chosen theme.

“This year’s theme is ‘The Few, The Proud, The Greek,” said senior Will Deurling, manager of the Greek Week show. “Each team consisting of a sorority and one or two fraternities create a skit with a song and dance routine and are assigned a couple military related movies for inspiration. This year we’re raising money for the USO [United Service Organization].”

For the Greek Week show only, Alpha Xi Delta is paired up with Zeta Beta Tau, Pi Beta Phi with Phi Delta Theta and FIJI and Kappa Kappa Gamma are paired with Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Tau Omega.

“This year we have an obstacle course to go along with the military theme,” Deurling said, “and there’s also the Greek Week show, which is always the highlight of the week. We always try to outdo the previous year’s shows.”

Greek Week also includes philanthropy events which include Penny Wars, which is a week-long contest between the fraternities and sororities to raise as much money as possible by adding change to organization specific jars located inside the Stockdale Center. The car bash will also make a return this year.

“I think the car bash is a great event,” said Cyrus Turner, president of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. “Students have the opportunity to relieve stress by donating canned goods or a dollar towards the USO to smash up an old car. There’s something really cathartic about destroying a junked car, and I’m really glad that we have been able to do this year after year. ”

A Canned Castle Competition is also on the schedule, where the respective Greek organizations will compete to build a castle from canned donations they gathered.

“This is my third year of experiencing Greek Week and I’m really looking forward to it,” Turner said. “It’s a great way for the Greek organizations to kick back and have fun with the other organizations while doing something worthwhile for philanthropy.”

One Greek organization will be announced winner at the end of the week based on whichever group won the most competitions and collected the most canned goods and monetary donations.

The money and canned goods raised from these events will all go to the USO, which provides services and live entertainment for the troops and their families overseas. Greek Week will end Friday, April 19 with a banquet, and the Greek Week Show will be Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Nick Raes
Contributing Writer

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