Members of fraternities and sororities at Southeast Missouri State University participate in Greek Games as a part of Greek Week through April 8.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 31, 2011ᾰSoutheast Missouri State University’s fraternities and sororities will travel through time during an “SE Greeks go ‘90s”-themed week April 2-8 packed with fun and service to celebrate their annual Greek Week.
“Greek Week is a great way to celebrate Greek unity and why we joined our organizations in the first place,” Southeast student and member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity Jared Henrichs said. “It’s an opportunity to emphasize our values and raise money for the community as well.”
The week will kick off with a volunteer event with the Special Olympics on Saturday, April 2 at the Southeast Student Recreation Center-North. Members of each fraternity and sorority will assist in the games beginning with the set-up at 6 a.m. until the final event at 3 p.m.
The opening ceremony of Greek Games will feature a Greek gods and goddesses parade at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, April 3, at Parker Field. Each sorority has been paired with one or more fraternities to make up six teams that will compete in various activities throughout the week. The Greek students will participate in several competitive events such as a water balloon toss, wheel barrel race, football toss and tug-of-war. The Games will conclude with a kickball tournament, beginning at 2 p.m.
To give the campus a little taste of 1990s fever, sororities and fraternities will hang banners with themes of 1990s pop bands and Nickelodeon characters in the University Center April 4. The banners will later be judged for appearance and creativity.
The organizations will continue to give back to the community on Wednesday, April 6, as they spend the day delivering canned goods to the Salvation Army. Donations of food or money are currently being accepted by any Southeast fraternity or sorority as well as the Office of Campus Life, Room 202 in the University Center.
Greek Week comes to an end with its annual Greek Sing at 6 p.m. April 8 in the A.C. Brase Arena Building in Arena Park. The sing will include six 15-minute skits performed by a pairing of each sorority and fraternity. The skits will be parodies of the assigned 1990s pop bands and Nickelodeon characters.
“Greek Week promotes and celebrates what Greek life is all about. Greek organizations bring people together based on relationships, and throughout this week of service and fun, we can highlight our development and the accomplishments we make through these relationships,” said Teena Reasoner, assistant director for fraternities and sororities at Southeast.