By: Lauren Wolters
Greek Week at UF returns to normalcy
The Kolor Run kicked off Greek Life’s Greek Week in the parking lot of Alumni Memorial Union (AMU) at 6 p.m. on Monday August 30. On Tuesday August 31 6-8 p.m., Phi Sigma Sigma gave away ice cream and held an ice cream eating contest at the Cory Street Bell Tower. Theta Chi hosted a Wing-off on Wednesday September 1 6-8 p.m. in AMU. On Thursday September 2, Sigma Kappa held mud volleyball 7-9 p.m. Teams of six to eight competed.
Alyssa May, Greek Council President and Vice President of Internal Relations for UF Panhellenic Association has been a member of Greek Life for two years.
“The turnout this year was very good,” May said. “There were fewer people these past two years due to COVID-19, but we still had great turnouts! The most popular event is mud volleyball because a lot of students make teams to come compete!”
Stephen Garrison, Greek Council Vice President and member of Theta Chi, has been a member of Greek Life since the fall of 2020.
“My favorite event of Greek Week is definitely mud volleyball,” Garrison said. “It’s pretty entertaining to watch the teams get competitive while also trying not to slip and fall into the mud. It’s also extremely fun to play, I would recommend everyone trying mud volleyball at least once in their lifetime!”
Greek Week has occurred at UF for almost 20 years.
“My main role during the Greek Week is to be involved and connect with the students at UF,” Garrison said. “It is always all-hands on deck to make sure our events run smoothly. As VP of Greek Life, I try to jump in and help as needed, as well as make it a great time for everyone.”
At each Greek Week event, students had the opportunity to sign up for recruitment for any of the individual chapters: Phi Sigma Sigma, Theta Chi, and Sigma Kappa.
Greek Life holds recruitment for these chapters next week. Any UF student interested in joining Greek Life is welcome to participate. Each sorority and fraternity hosts a recruitment week every semester.
“I think one of the best ways to have a positive college experience besides just getting a degree, is to join clubs,” Garrison said. “Join organizations. Join a sorority or fraternity. Go to the events offered by the school and their organizations. All of these options allow us to build memories, gain new friends, and foster a close community here at UF”
UF will also hold the annual Greek Games this spring. “Greek Games is a week where we as chapters compete against each other with events like trivia, lip sync battles, and a food can drive,” May said.
Garrison said that in addition to recruitment week and Greek Games, Greek Life also participates in the Cancer Patient Services Annual Chili Cook-off.
Garrison also said that Greek Week gives students an opportunity to relax amid a busy semester.
“Greek Week is important to UF because it gives us, the students, fun and memorable ways to relax and hang out with our friends,” Garrison said. “School is stressful by nature, but events like Greek Week give us ways to decompress and encourage us to get involved at our school.”
Recruitment for Greek Life is happening all September at UF. If you’re interested in learning more about Greek Life culture on campus, visit https://www.findlay.edu/offices/student-affairs/student-activities/uf-greek-life.