Jiminy Cricket said it first, but Bradley’s greek community saw it through.
Nov. 17 closed Panhellenic Council’s (PHC), Interfraternity Council’s (IFC) and Non-Panhellenic Council’s (NPHC) annual Greek Week where greek students participate in friendly competitions, donate in a Red Cross blood drive, volunteer in the local community and battle it out in the PanFraSing competition for the title of Greek Week winners.
Beginning Nov. 11, the greek community participated in events and competitions each day of the week from the Red Cross blood drive to Greek Games to the PanFraSing Dance Competition.
PHC Director of Activities Alexa Welch and IFC Special Events Coordinator Ryan Fasano worked together to plan, organize and execute the Disney-themed Greek Week.
“My goal for this year’s Greek Week was to make sure that all chapters participating in these events were having fun and becoming closer with the other chapters of the greek community,” Fasano said. “From what we have heard, everyone enjoyed themselves and really liked what we had planned for them.”
Welch said her favorite event, PanFraSing, was a success and a great way to close Greek Week.
“I’ve been a dancer my whole life and coached Sigma Kappa’s PanFraSing dances for 2011 and 2012,” she said. “It’s awesome to see all the hard work the teams put into their choreography, props and costumes.”
Each sorority is paired with two fraternities and an NPHC chapter for the PanFraSing event. From there, each group selects a group name based on a category or figure that relates to the overall theme of the week.
This year’s Disney theme produced teams such as The Huns, Greek Gods and Mad Hatters. Each of the seven teams then worked together to compete, attend events and choreograph a Disney song compilation that coordinated with their chosen Disney movie.
This year’s Greek Week winner, The Huns, were Sigma Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Pi and Lambda Chi Alpha who topped off the week with their first place dance to a compilation of songs from Mulan.
Yet beyond the friendly competitions and fun costumes, the greek community used this week as an opportunity to support the Peoria community.
“We just heard from Red Cross [ Nov. 19] that the Bradley greek community saved 546 lives with all the blood that was donated through the drive,” Welch said. “That’s awesome news.”
Additionally, PHC and IFC volunteered throughout the Peoria area Nov. 16 at local Boys & Girls Clubs.
“Just like any other event, we wanted lots of participation from the teams and we definitely saw it,” Welch said.