Greek Week soon to make appearance on campus
By: Candice Stinnett Reporting student
This year, students will begin experiencing Greek Week during the entire week of April 1. Undergraduate student leaders coordinate and plan all events including field days, fashion shows and intramural sports.
“Greek Week is a fun week of events to build brotherhood and sisterhood throughout all of the groups,” said Kelli Vincent, program coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
The No. 1 rule of Greek Week is to have fun. Greek students will participate in competitions and activities while developing bonds across chapter and council lines. Greek Week also helps Greek students to develop visibility with the university students, faculty and staff while serving the community.
“Teams are comprised of chapters from the various councils: Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council, and National Pan-Hellenic Council. Each team has at least one chapter from each council and so each team is similar in size,” business finance senior and Order of Omega Representative, Andrew Link said. “The average team this year has about 150 members.”
Business marketing junior Chelsea Spurlock is a part of UTA’s Tri Delta Sorority. She is assigned to create and perform a dance with her pledge class.
“I’m excited to grow closer with my pledge class and to become more involved with my sorority,” Spurlock said.
As part of Greek Week, fraternities and sororities compete to earn points at different competitions. The Greek Awards held Friday evening along with a dinner reception recognize teams with the most points.
Alpha Chi Omega, Theta Chi Omega, Phi Delta Theta and Kappa Delta Chi took home the awards last year for first place in different Greek Week events.
UTA began Greek life in 1967 and the community has grown to include more than 850 students with 31 fraternities and sororities. Greek Week began at UTA in the 1990s to engage, involve and connect students through leadership and philanthropic outreach.
The Fraternity and Sorority Life provide the budget for Greek Week. Each chapter regardless of fraternity or sorority classification contributes equally through the fees paid to the Office of FSL.
Each individual council has budgets used for programming and operations. Each council is asked to contribute $150. Link said the total cost of Greek Week paid by the individual councils and Office of FSL will total approximately $1,000. He said each team will incur some costs for events throughout the week such as a UTA baseball tailgate.
Students interested in joining a Greek organization at UTA must first have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and nine UTA course credit hours. If students meet these requirements then they must register with the Greek Life Office.