Fraternities, sororities compete for good causes
Issue date: 4/28/06 Section: News
"Greek Week is a time of year where fraternities and sororities engage in friendly competition, perform community service and demonstrate to the University community all that Greek life has to offer," said Brett Rosen, Interfraternity Council chair for Greek Week and a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi.
Greek Week is held each year because it exposes what Greek life is all about to the campus.
"We do all kinds of charity, such as a philanthropy collection and donate clothes to various charities," Rosen said. "We also have a lot of fun events such as the famous pizza and pie eating contest, chariot races and the talent show."
The Pan-Hellenic Council and the Bi-Cultural Inter-Greek Council are also involved in the planning for Greek Week, along with Stephen Rupprecht, assistant dean for Fraternity and Sorority Life. There is also a Greek Week committee that is responsible for organizing and planning the events.
According to Rupprecht, the tradition of Greek Week dates back about 40 years, although no official record exists of when it was first celebrated.
"My sole involvement in the planning of Greek Week is advising the student planning team and assisting them with identifying resources and ideas to ensure a successful event," Rupprecht said. "The students make all the decisions."
Rupprecht said that Greek Week is an institution that celebrates what the University is all about: pride, accomplishment and strengthening relationships.
The Pan-Hellenic Council's Powderpuff Football Tournament is one of the most popular events of Greek Week. It is an event where the sororities play against each other and the fraternities are present for support. Other major events include the IFC All-Stars Football Game, an annual blood drive and the Nicholas Pipino Memorial Foundation 5K Run.
Some of the other events during Greek Week include an arm wrestling contest, tricycle race and a obstacle course. There will also be relay races at the Daskalakis Athletic Center pool, a stroll competition, a tug-of-war and an academic bowl.
"Greek Week has and always will be a positive span of events where there is no alcohol involved anywhere and nothing violates University policy," said Rosen. "This is a week where we show the University, 'This is really what we are all about.' Not the old stereotypes, this is Greek life here at Drexel University. We have charity events, we have fun events and we have social events. This is what Drexel Greek life is all about."