Promoting greek life on campus: Greek Week 2018

News Editor, Kathryn Nicolai

Greek Week, hosted by the University’s Panhellenic Council (Panhel) and Interfraternity Council (IFC) occurred from April 9-14. The University’s Greek chapters participated in an array of competitions and events such as Instagram challenges, community service, basketball, and trivia in an effort to win $500 toward their chapter’s philanthropy.

Greek Week was organized by Panhel and IFC Vice Presidents of Programming Zoe Lindahl ’20 and Peter Leary ’20 starting as early as Feb. 2018. A Greek Week committee was also assembled to help planning and execution of the week.

The first event of the week was an Instagram competition. Both @bucknellpanhel and @bucknell_ifc_ posted pictures on Monday of each fraternity and sorority, and awarded points to the chapter whose picture got the most likes.

The Greek Week Scavenger Hunt also started on Monday and lasted throughout the week. Laminated print-outs of each chapter’s letters were hidden across campus that chapters were awarded points for finding. Only five of the 16 letters were found.

Trivia was hosted on April 10 at 8 p.m. in the MacDonald Commons. On April 11, each chapter contributed teams to play in a basketball tournament in the Davis Gym. Sororities and fraternities paired off on April 12 in the Weis Center to perform choreographed dances for Greek Sing. The Greek Community spent the afternoon of April 13 at different locations downtown to participate in community service for Greek Week’s Thaw Out event.

The week ended with Go Greek on April 15, when fraternities and sororities assembled on Walker/Loomis Street to meet first years interested in joining Greek Life on campus, also referred to as potential new members (PNMs).

Lindahl said that Go Greek was the biggest event of the week.

“We felt that it was really effective for sorority recruitment in particular,” Lindahl said. “Each sorority had PNMs coming to their booth. PNMs had to go to each booth to promote fairness between the booths.”

Go Greek became a bigger recruitment event this year, according to Lindahl, due to the decision to cut Signature Events from this year’s recruitment process.

“We have already received feedback from the chapters that Go Greek was more effective than the Signature events had been,” Lindahl said. “The point of the signature events was to give PNMs a relaxed way to meet all the chapters, but we realized that first-years were picking and choosing which ones to go to. We wanted to find a way to give all chapters and all first year women a fair opportunity.” Greek Week encompassed all of the signature events in to a single event that was less time consuming for PNMs, according to Lindahl.

Kappa Kappa Gamma and Alpha Xi Delta tied for first place for sororities throughout the week, and split the cash prize each earning $250 towards Reading Is Fundamental and Autism Speaks respectively. Chi Phi won out of the fraternities, earning $500 towards Boys and Girls Club.

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