Greek Week set to kick off in April

Arkansas Tech will be hosting its annual Greek Week event featuring two new competitions during the first week of April. Greek Week is a week-long event on campus where the different fraternities and sororities are paired together into teams and compete against one another in different activities and service opportunities.

Each day there are different events put on for the teams to participate in and at the end of the week a trophy is presented to the team that has accumulated the most points.

The annual Greeks Give Back event, a service project to collect a variety of different non-perishable food items will start the week off. The teams will distribute the collected food to the various elementary schools in the Russellville area for their BackPack Program, which provides students with nutritious and easyto-prepare food for the weekend.

John Sisco, a junior biomedical biology major from Greenwood, is overseeing the Greeks Give Back event for this year. Sisco said he would like to see the amount of food collected this year surpass last year’s amount. He would also like to see the Greek organizations on campus come together and help the community in a special way.

“My favorite part of Greeks Give Back is seeing how much food is collected by the entire Greek life at Tech, and knowing that it will go to places in our community that are in need,” said Sisco.

Two new Greek Week competitions will be added during the week. Teams will participate in a service event at the Russellville Boys and Girls Club to help paint and clean up around the facility. Also, Greek Week is announcing the new Greek Games event, where teams will compete against each other in four game competitions.

To wrap the week’s competitions, teams will participate in the annual Greek Dance Battle. In the dance battle, each team will perform a dance they have choreographed prior to the event, and five Tech faculty members will judge which team was the best.

Following the competitions, there will be a banquet at the end of the week. The announcement for the awards for the week, as well as awards for outstanding Greek chapters on campus will take place at the banquet.

The events are put on by Order of Omega, a leadership organization for sorority and fraternity members. Allison Holloway, a senior rehabilitation science major from Alma and president of the Order of Omega, said she wants to see lots of participation in Greek Week this year along with Greek life unity on campus.

“This week is competitive, but it’s also about having fun and meeting new people,” said Holloway. “Each chapter puts forth so much effort during this week, so I really want to see teams supporting and encouraging other teams and members, while acknowledging the hard work that they’ve put into this week.”