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This Year's Greek Week Activities Will Include More Social Events

By A. Arif Husain
Staff Reporter

The Interfraternity Council's annual Greek Week began on Sunday and will run until this Saturday. The purpose of Greek Week is to "bring the relations between the fraternities and sororities to better standards," said Chris G. Rodarte '97, who helped organize the festivities.

The week includes daily activities, ending with the Greek Week Ball and the God and Goddess Competition Saturday night. The competition, postponed from last night, will feature impromptu performances by members of various fraternities and sororities, said Greek Week Chair Alison L. Walters '96. Prizes will be awarded to the winners, she said.

Greek Week is open to all members of the IFC community, and the Greek Week Ball is open to the whole MIT community, Walters said.

"We've tried to really expand this year," Walters said. Last year many people expressed the desire to make Greek Week more social, she said. In response, the event's planners have added social activities this year, such as Band Night and Jar Wars, she said.

Week offers daily events

The week's events began on Sunday with the Greek Olympiad, an outdoor picnic which included an obstacle course, dizzy bat, and tug-of-war. Greek Week continues tonight with the Progressive Dinner. Members of the IFC community will be able to stop at one of four or five participating fraternity houses for each dinner course, Walters said.

"The dinner is a popular event since it is an opportunity for fellow Greek members to go to various houses and meet members of the community in a social setting," Rodarte said.

On Wednesday there is the chicken-wing-eating contest, which will take place in Lobdell Court.

New activities will highlight the rest of the week. These include a night of performances by four MIT and local music bands on Thursday and a leadership symposium attended by fraternity alumni on Saturday afternoon, Walters said.

In addition there will be a convocation on Friday night featuring Judge Mitch Crane, who lectures frequently on Greek issues. Crane will address the perceptions and realities of Greek life, Walters said. The week will end with the Greek Week Ball, she said.

Greek Week has been fairly successful in the past, but is expected to have increased participation this year, Walters said. Event planners anticipate that the Greek Week Ball, which hosted over 350 last year, will have nearly 500 attendees this year, she said.

Aside from bringing together the IFC community, organizers hope to raise money for Cambridge Family and Children's Services, a charity that assists orphans and abused children, Rodarte said. Each fraternity, sorority, and independent living group will set up a contribution jar in Lobby 10 in a fundraising effort known as Jar Wars. The group with the most money at the end of the week will get to donate half of the total amount raised to the charity of their choice, Walters said. The rest of the money will be donated to the Cambridge organization, she said.

The week's festivities are sponsored by national and local groups including Ben and Jerry's ice cream, Wise potato chips, and Bradlees, as well as the restaurants TGI Fridays, Chili's, and Wing It, Walters said. Sponsors donated food and supplies for several events; they also extended gift certificates that will be used as competition and door prizes.

Ramy A. Arnaout contributed to the reporting of this story.