It’s All Greek To Me

Audrey Dighans | reporter

Alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon, zeta, eta, theta, iota, kappa, lambda, mu… it’s Greek Week at PSU.
Greek Week kicked off the festivities at Carnie Smith stadium in the evening of Sunday, April 7. An all-Greek audience was treated to a showing of Space Jam on the jJungletron.

Sigma Chi runs to victory during the first round of the chariot races on April 9th.

Sigma Chi runs to victory during the first round of the chariot races on April 9th.

The Order of Omega awards ceremony in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom in the evening of Monday, April 8, highlighted the university’s nine fraternities and sororities work in seven categories with the Chapter Excellence awards.
Individuals from several houses were also honored with Emerging Leader, Outstanding Executive Board Member (Fraternity & Sorority) Outstanding Officer/Chair (Fraternity & Sorority) and Outstanding Greek Man and Woman awards.
“These awards really help with our accreditation with national (fraternities and sororities),” said Katie Marx, member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and sophomore in communication. “Greek Man and Woman is a great way to honor who’s been working hard all year.”
Fraternity of the Year and Sorority of the Year awards were also given to Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Gamma Delta, respectively.
“The awards let everyone know how proud of them we are as a community,” said Kelsey Metz, member of Alpha Gamma Delta and junior in psychology.
Tuesday continued the events with the university’s official Greek photo outside of Russ Hall, and the Greek Games on the lawn. Members of all houses tossed, hopped and pulled their way to victory in friendly competition.
“There’s lots of excitement in the air,” said Meagan Smejdir, program coordinator for campus activities and Greek adviser. “We have a good combination of new aspects and old traditions.”
The highlight of the evening occurred slightly off-campus, across the street in the parking lot of Wheat State. Sponsored by Red Bull energy drink, the PSU Chariot Races proved to be a crowd pleaser.
“The races were a lot of fun with a surprising amount of competitiveness,” said Evan Mitchell, member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and sophomore in nursing.
Each chapter entered a team of three, themed to their own imagination. The Panhellenic and Inter-fraternity councils also competed along with one non-Greek team.
In the end, Lambda Chi Alpha’s Little Rascals won the races. Sig Tau Gamma won the Greek Spirit award for their Captain America theme, and Sigma Sigma Sigma was recognized as a crowd-favorite.
Greek Week will continue today (Thursday, April 11), in the Oval with a fundraiser for the Southeast Kansas Humane society.
Members from several houses will be selling coffee from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with some four-legged visitors making an appearance around lunchtime.
The final competition, Airband, will take place Friday night at 6 p.m. in the Weede Athletic Complex.

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