Lawrence fraternities and sororities show Greek pride

Liz Tubman

Greek Week, a celebration of Greek life here at Lawrence, took place this past week on campus.
Various events hosted by the campus fraternities and sororities gave both Greek and unaffiliated Lawrence students a chance to learn more about the Greek scene on campus as well as get involved with the organizations involved.
Each day of the week a different event was held to involve students with Greek life. On Monday night, the sisters of Kappa Kappa Gamma held their Kappa Karnival in Riverview.
This event consisted of a number of classic carnival games including balloon darts, a duck pond, ping-pong toss, and Twister. Salsa music in the background helped provide a fun and relaxing atmosphere.
Participants bought 25-cent tickets that they used to play the different games to win prizes including gift certificates from various shops and restaurants downtown.
The sorority managed to make a good profit from the crowd of mostly Greeks who attended the event. All the proceeds from the event were donated to Harbor House, a local domestic abuse shelter.
One of Wednesday’s featured events was Delta Gamma’s Anchorsplash, held that evening in the Buchanan Kiewit Center pool.
Teams of six students competed in relay races and synchronized swimming events for various prizes including gift certificates to restaurants, coffee shops and stores downtown.
Teams participating in the event included members of Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Delta Theta, Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and the women’s swim team.
Spectators who came to enjoy the event from the sidelines could enter a raffle for various prizes as well. The money raised from raffle tickets and team entry fees went to the Delta Gamma philanthropy Service for Sight, which promotes sight conservation and provides aid to the blind.
The rest of the week was filled with events hosted by other Greek organizations on campus, including a lip-sync contest held on Tuesday night in the Wriston amphitheater.
The Phi Kappa Tau car smash was held throughout the day Wednesday, and Kappa Alpha Theta’s Kicks for Court Appointed Special Advocates happened Thursday.
Greek Week concludes with Friday evening’s ­VIVA!-hosted Pacha Massive concert in the Wriston amphitheater and the Shishka dinner Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
This week provided the perfect opportunity for the student body to get involved with the Greek community as well as to help support some important organizations and causes outside the Lawrence community.