Greek life on campus strives to make community impact
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Greek life on campus strives to make community impact

Published 10/23/17

Julie Ferguson

TNE Writer

Every fall semester in the Greek community, Greeks get together to compete in exciting games throughout a specified week. This year, Greek Life is changing its Greek Week to stray away from competition and competitive events and instead lean its events more to social and community service-based events.

“I think this style of Greek Week will help move our community forward, and we can act upon our values and mission by giving back to the community and engaging in service,” said Kristi Norris, Fraternity and Sorority Life coordinator. “It also gives us a chance to work on unity and brother and sisterhood, which is something we talk about but never have the tangible evidence to show.”

Previously, Greek Weeks have consisted of five days of sports and competing against each other. Each day, first, second and third places would be released on social media, and there was not a lot of communication outside of the chapters.

"Our Greek Week didn't look like other schools’ Greek Weeks, and I want our campus to be up to date,” said Norris. “We developed some parameters based on Greek Week standards, specifically RUSO schools and other schools in Oklahoma and schools of comparable sizes.”

This year Greek Week will consist of multiple events aimed at service and community. The Greek students will participate in community service, giving back, entertaining the community and learning about the importance of Greek life brotherhood and sisterhood. Multiple directors have come together to make this possible.

“I think a lot of the benefits for this style of Greek Week is that we are advertising the good that we are doing,” said Ashley Kindle, Greek Week director. “We are telling people within Greek Life of the positive, and we aren't communicating with people outside of the Greek system. We aren't taking the action to actually show them the positive. ”

One of the ways the Greek Week directors have tried to work on brotherhood and sisterhood is by partnering and collaborating with the Greek organizations.

“My favorite part now is how we'll be mixing organizations together,” said Connor Cross, Greek Week director. “So for our competition day I'll be competing with men and women from each chapter instead of competing against them.”

There are multiple changes coming to the week, and this year is the first year the Greek community will be participating in the changes.

“I want Greek Week to be something I look forward to and something that makes me proud of my community, and that's what we're aiming for,” said Norris. “I hope I can look back and say that was a week that I was proud of my men and women.”

Greek Week is Oct. 23-28.

For more information on Greek Week, visit the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in the University Center basement.

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