The four sororities and seven fraternities that are charted on the Arkansas Tech University campus have annually come together each spring to participate in Greek Week, a slew of daily events that are geared towards promoting unity while stirring friendly competition.
After closer examination of the hectic events schedule, Tech’s Greek Programming Board (GPB) has decided to focus on two events: the Greek dance battle and Greeks Give Back.
“The purpose of taking the events away was to see how everything flowed,” said Josie Wine, a sophomore speech education major from Little Rock and chapter delegate for the GPB.
The take away has been dubbed a trial run, which Greek students have now accepted.
“I think it was hard for them to take at first,” Wine said.
Originally, sorority and fraternity members would be expected to participate in the numerous events held daily all through Greek Week; around midterms, and this year during the Women’s Week festivities, the cut backs have proven to be somewhat helpful.
“It’s easier on those in Greek life,” said Patrick Kamerling, a junior management and marketing major from Fort Smith and GPB president. “We’re here for school; we’re not here for Greek Week.”
The leftover time originally spent planning for other events has now been focused on creating the best dance battle Tech Greek life has put on.
Black lights, stage set up and sound, Kamerling said, are being given more attention this year than ever before.
“Our goal for this year was to improve the dance battle,” Kamerling said.
From 7-8 p.m. on Friday, March 11, Kamerling encourages all Tech students to attend the battle being held in Witherspoon. Tickets are $3 for students who present a Tech ID and $5 for visitors.
Four groups are expected to compete.
A month later, another opportunity for Greeks to compete for what they call “spirit points” will arise.
April 13 and 14 will play host to Greeks Give Back, a food drive Greeks annually participate in. Packages of perishable food are worth a certain number of points, and the fraternity and sorority that donates these packages of food gets the chance to win said points.
The same groups that participate in the dance battle are able to participate in the food drive.