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Greeks reach out in weeklong event

Campus is going greek this week.
Bradley’s annual Greek Week activities took place this week and will wrap up this weekend.
Greek Week serves as an opportunity for the greek community to work together. Although it is called Greek Week, the events are open to anyone on campus and all are encouraged to attend.
Director of Special Events Programming for the Interfraternity Council Brandon May said one of the biggest reasons for Greek Week is to bring the fraternities and sororities together.
“Greek Week to the fraternities and sororities on campus is basically a way to unite all of the chapters on campus into one week of activities that all chapters can enjoy regardless of their affiliation,” May said. “It is also an opportunity for greeks to branch and network outside of their house to meet other greeks and have fun at the same time.”
The Greek Week blood drive is one of the biggest volunteer projects on campus for the greeks, Director of Activities for Panhellenic Council Trisha Koors said.
“Those values of philanthropy, brotherhood [or] sisterhood and an appreciation for community service are the very foundation upon which our organizations are founded,” she said. “We wish to show the rest of campus these values through our actions and participation in all of the week’s events.
Along with the blood drive, the greeks work on many other small service projects throughout the week to help the surrounding community.
Something new this year to Greek Week is a Progression Dinner open to all students on campus.
“The Progression Dinner is where each team for Pan-Fra-Sing is responsible for preparing one part of a dinner, like salads or an entrée,” May said. “Admission is $1 or a canned food item that will go to the Children’s Hospital and the Peoria Food Shelter, respectively.”
Greeks are also working with Dance Marathon committee by helping to set up and take down in return for getting points for their help and participation in the marathon.
Pan-Fra-Sing, an event where teams comprised of greek members choreograph an original dance routine and compete to be the best of all the teams, will conclude Greek Week activities.
“It shows how much time and energy fraternities and sororities put into coordinating a dance routine and working together with other organizations,” Koors said. “It’s just fun and it shows the best aspects of all the greek community in one event, that we’re dedicated and work hard to accomplish our goals.”
With the amount of volunteer events throughout the week, it is the hope of the IFC and Panhel that greek life will be able to disprove some of the negative connotations associated with greeks.
“Greeks traditionally get negative publicity among campuses nationwide, and it is through community-wide activities like this that greeks show what our respective organizations are about,” May said.
The biggest goal of the week is to bring a new light on what the greek community stands for.
“Within the greek community, these activities are special because we actually get to interact and notice similarities between all chapters and provide a common ground to make new friends and work together towards a common goal and that is to promote greek community campus wide for one week and beyond,” Koors said.
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