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Greek Week Activities to Promote IFC Unity, Better Public Relations


Thomas R. Karlo--The Tech
Phi Beta Epsilon and Alpha Delta Phi mark the start of the intramural football season on Saturday.

By Shawdee Eshghi

Today marks the beginning of Greek Week, the annual Interfraternity Council event designed to promote unity among fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups as well as better relations with the MIT population in general.

Throughout the week, there will be many athletic, social, and educational activities. Some are open only to FSILG members, while others, including the popular Greek Week Ball on Saturday, are open to the entire campus.

The policy "is not meant to be exclusive," said IFC Vice President Jason D. Pride '97. While some events are specifically designed to promote interfraternity relations, others are intended to draw in the MIT population in general.

"The main goal is unity," said Iddo Gilon '98, IFC public relations chair. "We want to show how we can come together as a whole for a good cause."

Events start tonight

The festivities get under way this evening with the "Wing It" hot wings eating competition. This event, for FSILG members, begins at 7 p.m. on the front steps of the Student Center.

Aside from bringing together the IFC community, Greek Week organizers hope to raise money for Cambridge Family and Children's Services, a charity that assists orphans and abused children. Each FSILG 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. The rest of the money will be donated to the Cambridge organization..

Since the majority of the cost of Greek Week is covered in the IFC budget, almost all of the proceeds will go to the charity.

In another activity, Wednesday night's "Progressive Dinners," members of the IFC community will be able to stop at participating houses for different kinds of food.

Strats Rat sponsors Versus

On Thursday, the IFC and the Student Center Committee will sponsor a Strat's Rat concert featuring the band Versus, open to the MITcommunity.

Half of the proceeds from the concert will go toward covering the cost of the band while the other half will be donated to charity, Pride said.

On Friday afternoon, students can compete against each other in events such as human foosball, sumo wrestling, and volleyball in the Greek Olympiad.

The Greek Week activities continue on Saturday with a leadership symposium that includes a series of workshops and speakers who will address general leadership issues.

The Greek Week Ball on Saturday night wraps up this year's festivities. The ball is open to everyone and will feature music from a DJ, dancing, and refreshments.