Greek Week raises funds and awareness

Kaleigh Post & Marie Jeruc

This week marked the first of two annual Greek Weeks hosted by Lawrence’s sororities and fraternities. All members of the Lawrence community were invited to partake in various philanthropic events that benefited each Greek group’s respective philanthropy.

The three sororities – Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamm – and the four fraternities (Sigma Phi Epsilon, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Tau Delta and Phi Kappa Tau) sponsored new activities this year to create excitement about Greek life and philanthropy on campus. 

Tonight, Beta Theta Pi will spice things up by hosting their event “Beta Late Night Grill” in the Quad at 10 p.m. Anyone who would like to enjoy a good hamburger or veggie burger is welcome to attend.

In addition to each Greek organization’s individual events, all of the groups will help sponsor a campus-wide celebration called “Shish-ka-Quad.” This event, taking place on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Quad, will feature outdoor games, grilling, and Phi Kappa Tau’s “Pie a Phi” toss.

Delta Tau Delta will host the culminating event of Greek Week, “Delt Tug-o-War,” at 11 a.m. on Sunday in the Quad.

Other events that happened earlier this week include Kappa Alpha Theta’s “Putt-Putt.” Greek Advisor and Student Organizations Coordinator Rose Wasielewski said, “I love mini golf, so I’m most excited for Kappa Alpha Theta Putt-Putt,” which was hosted Thursday in the Buchanan-Kiewit Wellness Center.

Kappa Alpha Theta’s Putt Putt raised money for CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, a nonprofit network supporting volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children.

Kappa Kappa Gamma hosted a “Cake Walk” on Tuesday. “Cake Walk” was a game similar to musical chairs that rewarded winners with delicious cupcakes. All proceeds went to Kappa Kappa Gamma’s philanthropy Harbor House, a local shelter for women who are victims of domestic abuse. 

The women of Delta Gamma hosted their annual event, “Anchorslam,” on Wednesday in the Buchanan-Kiewit Wellness Center. Anchorslam is a 3 v. 3 basketball tournament that helped the Delta Gamma chapter raise money for their philanthropy, Service for Sight.

Said Wasielewski, “[Greek Week] gives all chapters a chance to show campus that Greek life is really about philanthropy.”  She explained, “we have Interfraternity Council, the group that oversees the men’s chapters [and] we have Panhellenic Council, that oversees the women’s fraternities, but often times its hard to get all of them working together, which is why Greek Week began in the first place.”