Greek Week to honor students

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    Plans have been made and dates have been finalized for the inaugural Greek Week at TCU.Greek Week is set for April 23 through April 26 and will include events ranging from speakers to Greek Olympics to a step show and a day at a TCU baseball game.

    Matt DiLeo, Interfraternity Council president and event coordinator, said there will be more than one event each day, and many of them will be open to the public.

    Each Greek council will be participating in the week to conduct a joint program to benefit a joint philanthropy, DiLeo said. This has not been done in recent TCU history.

    Clay Stauffer, former Sigma Alpha Epilson president, will be speaking April 23 about diversity, and the opening ceremonies will be take place on the lawn across from the University Recreation Center.

    On April 24, there will be a banquet to honor all Greek students who earned a 4.0 GPA in the spring or fall semesters of 2006, and, DiLeo said, and coordinators are working to have a Greek day at the 6:30 p.m. baseball game against Texas Tech University.

    Mike Green, an NCAA-approved speaker, will visit April 25 to discuss alcohol awareness, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council will have a step show organized by its president, Jason Wallace.

    “The step show would give people a chance to see a different aspect of Greek life, especially a diverse look at African-American Greek life at TCU,” Wallace said.

    The Greek Olympics will take place April 26 and will feature 30 organizations from all four Greek councils on the lawn across from the Rec Center. A concert featuring the bands Honeybrowne and Taylor & Young will cap off the week.

    The Greek community is selling T-shirts and tickets to the concert outside the library beginning April 23. The T-shirt and the concert ticket can be purchased for $10 each or bought together for $15, and the step show will cost $3 for Greek students and $5 for non-Greek students.

    All money and donations from the week will benefit McDonogh High School in New Orleans.

    DiLeo said the goal is to raise money and accrue school supplies to donate to the school.

    “This has potential to become an annual event, and, hopefully, it will be a quality week that will bring people together and teach them a few things,” said James Parker, assistant dean of Campus Life.

    The three themes of Greek Week will be philanthropy, education and fellowship. DiLeo has been involved in the planning process from the beginning and has high hopes for the event.

    “We are doing this in hopes that we can get everyone involved so that it can be bigger and better and continue to grow each year,” DiLeo said.