The Interfraternity, Panhellenic and National Pan-Hellenic Councils will host Greek Week events from Monday, Sept. 24, to Saturday, Sept. 29, in both ArtStreet Amphitheatre and the Central Mall.
The events will be free of charge and open to all UD students who are interested, according to Kevin Cane, the director of Greek Life and Leadership Programs. According to Cane, the week of events is a celebration of the UD Greek community, emphasizing unity to the community in a way that is both fun and educational.
“It is a time to come together in a unified week,” Cane said. “It is a time to … let the student body know the large body of Greek life is present on campus.”
Cane said Greek Week has been going on for several decades, but over the last three years has been going through formal changes.
Cane added that UD Greek Life has expanded in recent years. According to Cane, nine percent of UD students were involved in some sort of Greek Life in 2009, and the Greek community has risen to 17 percent in 2012.
According to Cane, the 18 chapters will compete in fun and friendly events during the week. Cane said eight IFC chapters, six Panhel chapters, and four NPHC chapters will compete for a trophy awarded at the close of Greek Week.
Riley Quinn, a senior biology major and vice president of Greek Week programming, said the male fraternities compete between other male fraternities and female sororities will compete against female sororities.
According to the itinerary, the week will kick off Monday with the Toga Torch Run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Central Mall. For this event, participants will be costumed in togas while competing in various relay obstacles.
Quinn added that each chapter will be awarded points based on their results and creativity representing their chapter.
Following the toga run, the Brown Bag Improv will take place on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the ArtStreet Amphitheatre. Each chapter will place a miscellaneous item in a paper bag where the opposing chapter will guess the item based on clues, she said.
The third Greek Week event is a service challenge, also known as Canned Good Castle Building. Beginning Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Central Mall, participants will build a castle structure out of cans while UD engineering students serve as judges.
Quinn said the most popular Greek Week event, Puttin’ On The Hits Dance Competition, will start Friday at 4:15 p.m. at the ArtStreet Amphitheatre.
Although most of the week’s events are free, POTH will require a $1 admission fee with all of the proceeds going to Distance 4 Dreams, a charity organization that grants wishes for ill children.
“I believe students will find that Greek Week will be a relaxed atmosphere to learn about Greek Life opportunities without actually participating in a recruitment event,” Cane said. “Students who attend will learn more about the various organizations, know what they stand for, and hopefully partner with them.”
To find out more about Greek Life at UD, visit udayton.edu/studev/greek/index.php.