Greek life banquet
April 11, 2014
Instead of ending at President Snow’s mansion, this year’s “Hunger Games” themed Greek Week ended in the cafeteria with a recognition banquet. Both tears and laughs were shared as seniors Lydia Butler and Cyrus Turner gave the keynote address.
Turner’s address involved a charge to the younger Greek Week members to attempt to not only fill the leadership roles bequeathed them by their predecessors but to improve upon each and every position they acquire. Butler’s discussed the various ways Greek life and Alpha Xi Delta provided opportunities she would not have otherwise had.
President Ditzler presented some awards and admitted that he was almost convinced to dance on stage with some of the members of Greek life because of all the hard work put in by the Greek Community throughout the last year.
Perhaps the highlight of the night was a gesture by Dean Timmerman to increase Greek Life academic standings. Dean Timmerman claimed he would do a “feat of courage” at next year’s Greek Life Awards Banquet if the Greek community, combined, would get over one hundred members on the Dean’s List for this spring semester or fall of 2014.
Much to the dismay of the Greek community, Dean Timmerman would not disclose what his “feat of courage” would entail. “I am not prepared to reveal the feat, it shall have to remain in the imagination unless and until the Greeks meet the challenge on their end,” said Timmerman via email.
Aside from Dean Timmerman’s challenge many Greek organizations were awarded for their efforts in community service, school involvement and academics.
Alpha Xi Delta took home the most awards with five between individual awards and chapter awards. Greek Woman of the Year went to Becca Wilson of Pi Beta Phi and Greek Man of the Year was awarded to Phi Gamma Delta’s Bradley Whitcomb. Both are seniors. Rik Williams, also of Phi Gamma Delta, was awarded Emerging Male Leader; Haley Miller of Alpha Xi Delta took home the Emerging Female Leader award. Pi Beta Phi, Mu Lambda Rho and Phi Gamma Delta won Greek Week.
In response to the banquet, Jon Steben, senior member of Zeta Beta Tau, said, “I like seeing the progress we’ve made as a community with our membership, philanthropic efforts and academics.”