TCU Greek Week aims to unify different Greek communities

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    Members of the Greek organizations on campus have the opportunity to come together and participate in a week of activities as part of this year’s Greek Week.

    Greek Week is put on by Order of Omega, a national Greek honor society. The schedule includes events such as "Greek Jeopardy,” where participants answer Greek and TCU- related questions; field games and fundraisers at local restaurants. 

    Keely Teters, the Fraternity and Sorority Life graduate assistant and Order of Omega adviser, said Greek Week is serves as a way for TCU to push for collaboration among the five Greek councils: Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Independent Greek Council.

    “The purpose of the week is to promote unity among the Greek community,” Teters said. “All events aim to bring our five Greek councils together and shed light on how different Greek chapters at TCU share similar beliefs and values.”

    According to Teters, the week is set up as a giant competition between 10 teams. Each of these teams consists of three or four Greek organizations from across the five councils.

    Each team will compete to earn the highest number of sprit points, which will be given based on attendance of the sponsored events, Teters said. The team with the most points by the end of the week will win money for their philanthropic organization of choice.

    Teters said she hopes Greek Week strengthens the relationships between Greek organizations and councils.

    “All the [Greek organizations] serve as an avenue to promote scholarship, leadership, service and brotherhood or sisterhood,” Teters said. “Bringing these organizations together and fostering relationships between them will make them all stronger as they are able to move forward and work together.”

    Barrington Hwang, the Order of Omega president, said he is excited to bring Greek Week back this year and plans on making it a tradition at TCU.

    “The last Greek Week was around two years ago, so the [first-year students] and sophomores on campus have not seen a Greek Week yet,” Hwang, a junior chemistry and economics major, said. “We want to bring the events back before Greek Week becomes just a memory of TCU alumni.”

    Elizabeth Ellis, a junior secondary English education major and vice president of programming for Order of Omega, said Greek Week is a tradition that the TCU community can benefit from in a number of ways.

    “There is a huge population of students at TCU who have chosen to go Greek, and even though many chapters differ in size, their core values all surround the ideas of good character and unity,” Ellis said.

    Below is a list and brief description of scheduled events, provided by TCU Order of Omega:

    Monday, April 1

    10 a.m.–2 p.m. Show pride for your organization and wear your letters and paraphernalia today! Check in at the Greek Week table outside of the Mary Couts Burnett Library between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm and earn one spirit point for your team.

    2-5 p.m. Head to Chipotle on Hulen Street for a buy-one-get-one-free deal! You must be wearing your letters/paraphernalia and have your TCU ID.

    Tuesday, April 2

    7 p.m. Come to the Brown-Lupton University Union Auditorium for a night of “Greek Jeopardy” hosted by TCU’s Collaborative Greek Alliance. Each team will include one representative of every chapter to compete in a game of Jeopardy with Greek and TCU-themed questions. Spirit points will also be awarded for each member in the audience.

    Wednesday, April 3

    5-11 p.m. Join us at Cold Stone for a food fundraiser. Proceeds go to the winning team of Greek Week for a donation to their philanthropic organization of their choice. Spirit points will also be awarded for each receipt placed in your team’s jar.

    Thursday, April 4

    5-7 p.m. Join us in the Campus Commons for the Greek Games. Each team will be competing in a variety of skilled events to win the coveted title of Greek Games Champion. Spirit points will also be awarded for each member that checks in at the attendance table. Awards will be presented after the final event.

    5-9 p.m. Come to Potbelly’s for another food fundraiser. Proceeds go to the winning team of Greek Week for a donation to their philanthropic organization of their choice. Spirit Points will also be awarded for each receipt placed in your team’s jar.

    Friday, April 5

    5–8 p.m. TCU’s Interfraternity Council will be hosting a tailgate outside of the Brown-Lupton Baseball Stadium preceding the game against San Francisco State. Come and enjoy food, music and friends. Go Greek and Go Frogs!

    Saturday, April 6

    Serve with your Greek brothers and sisters at TCU’s LEAPS Day of Service. A variety of service options are available at different times and locations. Three Spirit Points will be awarded for each participant.

    For more information or questions regarding Greek Week, visit the Greek Week 2013 Facebook Page, or contact Elizabeth Ellis at e.m.ellis2@tcu.edu, Keely Teters at k.teters@tcu.edu or Barrington Hwang at B.J.HWANG@tcu.edu.