March 29, 2007

Greek Week 2007 promises fun, community building


Now through April 1, Case Western Reserve University's fraternities and sororities will take center stage and showcase their community spirit during Greek Week 2007. This year's theme is "Greek Week Heroes: Cape Optional."

According to the Greek Life Office, approximately 30 percent of the undergraduate population—a little over 1,000 students—are members of a fraternity or sorority. Each spring, the Office of Greek Life sponsors a week of competitive, philanthropic and social events called "Greek Week." Coordinated and planned by undergraduate student leaders, the weeklong festivities celebrate being Greek, and showcases chapter pride to the entire university fraternal community. The events are academic, athletic and philanthropic in nature. Popular events include the can castle food drive, the pyramid, the banner competition, the obstacle course, and the largest and most competitive event—the rope pull.

Greek organizations are an integral part of campus life. In addition, fraternities and sororities also contribute to the quality of life in the University Circle and Cleveland communities. According to the 2005-2006 Greek Community Annual Report, fraternities and sororities completed the 365 Days of Service program with 398 days of service, or 9,554 hours reported.

Highlights from Greek Week 2007 include:

Wednesday, March 28:

Greek Sing, 6 p.m. at Thwing Ballroom - The purpose of this event is to share with other chapters a piece of the fraternity/sorority's tradition through song.

Thursday, March 29:

Faculty Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Thwing Ballroom - Chapter members will have an opportunity to interact with faculty in a way that will demonstrate mutual respect of Greek Life and academic life.

Variety Show, 6 p.m. at Allen Theatre - Fraternity and sorority members will perform skits for the rest of the Greek community.

Friday, March 30:

Beach Ball Relay, 6 p.m. at Veale Center's New Pool - Each fraternity/sorority will enter a team of four members to compete in a beach ball relay.

Saturday, March 31:

Can Castle, 9 a.m., the Heart of the Campus - Greek organizations will build castles with cans of food that will be donated to charity.

Egg Toss, 3-4 p.m., Freiberger Field - Team members will exchange eggs back and forth to see which fraternity/sorority will go the furthest distance without breaking the eggs.

Unity Event (Bouncy-Ball Relay), immediately following the egg toss, Freiberger Field - In this event designed to foster unity among chapter by creating friendly competition, teams will steer a bouncy ball through an obstacle course.

Pyramid, immediately following the Unity Event, Freiberger Field - Chapter members will build human pyramids by climbing on top of each other.

Sunday, April 1:

Rope Pull, noon to 5 p.m., between ??? and ??

For a complete list of events, visit the official Greek Week 2007 Web site.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 29, 2007 03:15 PM | News Topics: Arts & Entertainment, Events, HeadlinesMain, Students

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