By Jacel Egan
A mass of running bodies in black and gray T-shirts this year might be off-putting to some, but for Marist Greeks, it only means one thing: Greek Week. After weeks of preparation and practice, all of the sororities and fraternities come together over the course of several days to compete for the top place.
“The theme this year is ‘Greekstock,’ like Woodstock,” said junior Melissa Hlapatsos, a member of Greek Council and Alpha Sigma Tau. “I’m part of the Greek Week committee that plans most of the nitty gritty stuff, and Trish Kennedy from Sigma came up with the theme. She got it off of the Greek101 website, and we all just played it up with different ideas.”
Every spring, Greek life collaborates with one another to put on this exciting occasion, composed of various competitions. Events include: volleyball, cherry pie and Jell-O eating contests, a photo foxhunt, belly flop, swim relay, talent show, Greek Week boards, pop tab collection, tug of war, three-legged race, egg toss, dress up relay, and dizzy bat.
This interesting conglomeration of competitions happens all over campus, and will take place the week of April 13th. The talent show is this Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. in the Nelly Golletti Theater, field events take place on the Campus Green on Saturday morning, and the photo foxhunt takes place at Relay for Life.
Behind all of the fun and competition lies a greater purpose for this special week.
“The purpose of Greek Week is to promote Greek unity, but still get competitive,” said Hlapatsos. “It’s the absolute best week of the year for Greeks! It’s a way for us to compete in some fun ways, like belly flop, and some creative ones, like the talent show and Greek Week board. At the end of the week, there are two winners, but it’s nice because we end the week with Relay for Life, an event we coordinate together.”
After months of planning, booking fields and rooms, and having different members sign up for the events, all of the hard work put forth by all members of Greek Council is finally seen. Many members of Greek life express their anticipation.
“The talent show is the best event of the whole week,” sophomore Jen Plaveck of Sigma Sigma Sigma, said. “I love seeing what every organization comes up with.”
“I’m most excited for the day of events,” junior Michael Hall of Theta Delta Chi, said. “It’s right at the end of Greek Week, so it’s intense for the organizations who are neck and neck going for first place. Plus it’s a lot of fun and everyone is outside.”
Not only is competition fueled by the variety of events, but funny stories and memories are born as well.
“AST won last year, and I’m obviously rooting for us to dominate again this year!” Hlapatsos said. “Usually we have funny stories from every year. My favorite was when last year, Kayla and I got really intense and decided to practice our belly flops before the competition. After a few runs, though, the lifeguard on duty asked us to leave. I think he thought we were crazy!”