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Greek Week unifies, recruits

The Interfraternity Council is hoping to bring all its members of Greek Life together and enlighten non-Greek students all in one week.

This week on campus is Greek Week. Throughout the week, the Interfraternity Council will be sponsoring events, including a home run derby today, a canned food drive and “wear your letters day” tomorrow, Greek Olympics on Thursday and a spring awards banquet Sunday.

“The purpose is to show Greek unity on campus and to show students who aren’t Greek how awesome it is to be Greek,” said Nathan Rodgers, president of IFC.

According to Chris Wilson, executive assistant of IFC, both of those goals can be met by “wear your colors day” and “wear your pin day,” which was yesterday.

Wilson said the week can serve as a sort of recruitment tactic without really being recruitment.

“They (other students) will see how many people are Greek and that will pique their interest,” he said.

One thing members of IFC are aware of is the perceptions that some non-Greek students may have.

“A lot of people still have the ‘Animal House’ stigma pinned on Greek life and we are trying to get away from that,” Wilson said.

With the Greek Week activities, Wilson said that not only can members of Greek Life show other students what being Greek is all about, but they can also go a long way toward erasing those stigmas.

The philanthropies this week, like the canned food drive, can be a way to show a positive image of fraternities and sororities.

“Anything positive we do, we always like to have Greek representatives there,” Wilson said. “Being Greek is not just to be social, there’s also a service side.”

Although IFC members hope that Greek Week can be a start toward building a positive image, they agree there is more that can be done.

“There’s always more you can do,” Rodgers said. “One thing we’re trying to do is promote a better image of ourselves.”

Wilson agreed and said that Greek Life may begin expanding out into the campus community as early next year. According to Wilson, a concert is being planned by Greek Life for August.

However, Wilson said Greek Week could become bigger and said he hopes it does.

“We foresee a lot of growth in Greek Week,” he said. “Someday, we hope it will be anticipated as much as Dance Marathon.”

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