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Greek Week Events Involve Community


Rita H. Lin -- The Tech
Theta Xi wins a round of the Wing Eating Contest as a part of Greek Week.

Katharyn Jeffreys

Last week marked Greek Week, an annual Interfraternity Council-sponsored event. The week was filled with activities including Jar Wars, the Greek Olympiad, evening lectures, and the Greek Week Ball.

Enid W. Choi '00, one of the Greek Week coordinators, said the purpose of Greek Week was "to promote good relations within the Greek community and between the Greek community and non-affiliated students."

Events encourage spirit

There were two competitions that ran throughout the week, Jar Wars and the Greek Olympiad

Jar Wars was an activity that encouraged participation by affiliated and non-affiliated participants. All fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups, as well as dormitories, had jars assigned to them, which were displayed in Lobby 10 throughout the week. Money was added to the jars, with bills counting as positive credit and change counting negatively.

The Jar Wars winner was Kappa Alpha Theta with $257.96 in positive credit. Second place went to Theta Xi with $168.43, followed by Baker House with $89.10. Overall Jar Wars raised $1438.70, a great increase over last year.

Half of the money raised will go to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a charity designated by the winners, Kappa Alpha Theta. The rest will go to the Make A Wish Foundation.

The Greek Olympiad was well-attended, Choi said. An average of 50 participants showed up for each of the Olympiad events, held every afternoon in Kresge Oval.

The competition included games such as a tug-of-war, three-legged race, dizzy bat, and a wing-eating contest.Prizes and candy were given out each day, with some events counting towards the overall competition.

The Greek Olympiad winner was Theta Xi, who received a $300 gift certificate to Jillian's. Phi Delta Theta placed second, winning a $150 gift certificate to Sony Theaters. Phi Kappa Theta came in third place.

Education and celebration

There were several events during Greek Week that carried the festivities into the evening, including two evening lectures aimed at educating students.

One evening lecture, featuring speaker Eydie Leibman, was themed, "ResponsibleUse of Alcohol." The event was sponsored by Kappa Alpha Theta, and was part of the IFC's Stars of Education Program.

EmpowerX, a leadership seminar, was "a more entertaining" way of approaching leadership, according to Iddo Gilon '98, IFC president.

Greek Week concluded on Saturday with two events, a community service project, and the Greek Ball. On Saturday morning, MIT's Greek honor society, the Order of Omega, held a community service day.

Over 80 students participated in projects in the Boston and Cambridge area. Work such as gardening and painting were done for various groups, including the YMCA, New England Aquarium, and the Museum of Science.

The end of Greek Week was celebrated with the Greek Week Ball on Saturday evening. Approximately 150 students attended the function.

Michael R. Wagner '00 of Phi Delta Theta and Joanna L. Garelick '98 of Sigma Kappa were crowned as the Greek Week God and Goddess. Wagner said that he "felt really proud that so many of my brothers and pledges came to support me. It was a lot of fun."