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Greek Week

Thursday, April 19, 2012

 

Hey everyone! Hope you're all handling the college decision process a lot better than I'm handling midterms and the lead-in to finals. 

It's been quite a hectic few weeks since I last checked in. In that time I've been very busy with preparing for Greek Week. Greek Week is an annual competition between all the sororities and fraternities on campus. We're all grouped up into 9 teams, usually one sorority with two or three fraternities (because the sororities are so much larger than the fraternities). This year, my fraternity (Alpha Epsilon Pi) was paired with the Kappa Kappa Gamma (but everyone just calls them Kappa) sorority and the Sigma Phi Epsilon (they go by SigEp). The groups also get some kind of theme, and Greek Week overall has themes as well. This year, the Greek Week theme is Television, so each team is a different channel. We're the Animal Planet, and we're competing against the Weather Channel, History Channel, and various other channels. Most of the week consists of philanthropic events that pit the groups against each other in efforts to raise the most money or goods for donation. For instance, the first big event is CU Miss Greek, which is a beauty pageant where the contestants must raise a given amount of money to be eligible to win. This year, over $60,000 was raised to support one of our CU fraternities' local charities. Another event is a canned food drive, which collected well over 5,000 cans this year. 

Greek Week culminates in Songfest, which was tonight. Each group comes up with a 10-minute or so long dance performance using different songs that relate to the group's theme. Since ours was Animal Planet, we had a lot of animal, jungle, and ocean related songs. Songfest is a ton of fun, but it also requires a ton of practice. For the past 7 or so weeks, we've been meeting twice a week to learn and practice the dances. Apparently we were one of the less hardworking groups though; some sororities and their fraternity partners practiced many more times per week and had much longer practices than we did. The actual performance is held in Coors Events Center and the atmosphere rivals some of the most competitive home Basketball games. Each group goes in order, and the crowd screams wildly. It's a lot of fun to watch, even if you're not performing, or even if you're not affiliated with Greek Life. I’ll make sure to update you with the results of who won when they are announced, but for now, enjoy this picture of me and Greek friends right before our performance. 

 

The men of AEPI and the lovely ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma

Mike
Biochemistry, Atmospheric/Oceanic Studies (ATOC) minor • Austin, Texas