By Derek Acaley
“I can’t wait, it’s the best time of the year every year. This is my third and final Greek Week, and I can’t wait to finish my college career off the right way,” said Danny Millar, captain of the Phi Psi team.
Every year at the end of the second semester York College of Pennsylvania holds its annual Greek Week. This typically takes place during late April or early May all over campus, involving all on-campus fraternities and sororities.
During this week, the organizations compete against one another in sports, intellectual games, talent shows and miscellaneous competitions that are intended to unite the Greek Life organizations and provide them with fun-filled, friendly competition.
The 2016 Greek Week will be held from April 23 to May 1 at various on-campus locations. This year, Greek Week is led by Assistant Director of Student Activities & Orientation Whitney Hedge. Student co-chairs Christopher Betzler and Nicole DiLillo, who represent two Greek organizations, are assisting her. Each organization elects its own captain who will act as a liaison between their organization and the committee that organized Greek Week. All active members of the organizations are encouraged to participate in the events throughout the week.
According to the 2016 Greek Week Handbook: “Our mission for Greek Week is to promote the four Pillars of Greek Life: Scholarship, Leadership/professionalism, Service/philanthropy, and Social…” The mission statement also defines the importance of building Greek unity and respect among all chapters. Greek Week will also feature a theme of “Livin’ in the ‘90s.”
This year’s events include field day, sports (indoor and outdoor), trivia, public speakers, a scavenger hunt and a talent show. All organizations have the responsibility to set up and clean up after certain events. This year, a more diverse set of activities was introduced to create a more inclusive event that fits the preferences of more members.
Greek Week is a week that many Greek Life members look forward to year-round. This week of fun-filled activities is intended to be one of the highlights of being a part of Greek Life, unifying the different organizations as one through friendly competition.
Although Greek Week is supposed to be a week of fun for YCP’s Greeks to blow off steam before finals week, it is not all fun and games for everyone involved. Both of the co-chairs and the team captains are required to do a great deal of planning.
“It’s always worth the work,” Millar said. “This week is supposed to be a great one for everyone involved, and it is an honor to help organize the events and lead my team.”
No one worked as tirelessly as the co-chairs of the week. However, Nicole DiLilio said, “I would absolutely recommend being co-chair for Greek Week for everyone. It is so rewarding and exciting planning events for everyone to enjoy! The most difficult aspect of planning Greek Week was finding the right times to have meetings and when to hold the actual events throughout the week.”
In addition to sports and games, the organizations will listen to educational speakers and participate in Relay for Life. Relay for Life will be hosting “Battle of the Greeks,” which is an event that will allow the organizations to earn points as well as raise money for the charity that supports the battle against cancer.
Greek Life at YCP is intended to be a positive experience for members to grow individually and as a whole.
Aspects of this are displayed through philanthropic events such as Relay for Life. The inclusion of educational and charitable work makes this a well-rounded event that will provide members with fun and personal improvement.
Coming into Greek Week, both Sigma Delta Tau and Phi Kappa Psi are looking to defend their titles from last year. Phi Sigma Sigma and Phi Sigma Phi, are hoping to improve from their runner-up finishes last year and take home a trophy.
“We have a great set of guys this year that I think can compete with any other organization,” said Erik Shingle, who is about to participate in his first Greek Week as a member of Phi Sigma Phi.
As Greek Week approaches, Greeks all over campus become increasingly excited over the prospect of achieving victory in a week of fun, educational, charitable and unifying activities.
The sororities participating include: Alpha Sigma Tau (AST), Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE), Phi Mu, Phi Sigma Sigma (Phi Sig), Sigma Delta Tau (Sig Delt) and Sigma Gamma Rho. The fraternities participating includes Alpha Chi Rho (AXP), Kappa Delta Phi (KDPhi), Kappa Delta Rho (KDR), Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Psi), Phi Sigma Phi, Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) and Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT).
Featured photo: from York College’s website.