Greek Week unites campus sororities and fraternities
By Kayla Britt, News Editor
April 1-4 marked Gettysburg College’s first Greek Week since 2009. It was started back up as an effort to promote unity among the various fraternity and sorority chapters here at Gettysburg. Order of Omega, the Greek honor society, helped planned Greek Week and intended it to shed a positive light on the Greek community and allow for more interaction between members of different organizations.
There were four teams competing in Greek Week: Alpha Tau Omega, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Sigma Sigma on Team One; Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Gamma Phi Beta on Team Two; Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Kappa Psi and Alpha Delta Pi on Team Three; and Sigma Chi, Alpha Chi Rho and Alpha Omicron Pi on Team Four.
“I thought field day was fun, and it was nice to hang with some [Alpha Tau Omega] brothers; however, it was really under-attended. It definitely has potential, though,” said Hayley Jacobsen, senior.
Each of the teams competed in spirited but friendly events including the Powder Puff Game, the Decathalon and Gettysburg Trivia. There was also a Greek Week Instagram Challenge on April 1 in which members of every organization strove to emulate a category posted by the Order of Omega with two female and two male Greek members in every photo. For every event there was a first place, second place and third place team, which received 50 points, 30 points and 15 points respectively. The team that accumulated the most points by April 4 received an award at the Order of Omega Greek Awards ceremony.
“Our Order of Omega principles include establishing Greek relations with faculty, professors and parents, and we definitely had a goal of maintaining these positive connections,” said Casey Butrico, the president of Order of Omega.
Order of Omega had become more of an honor and less of an organization within the past few years, but the group is moving towards becoming more of a community by hosting events and setting goals. It had been pushing for a Greek Week-like event for years, but it had been difficult to get the ball rolling. It took the determination and abilities of each Order of Omega leader to bring everything together.
“I hope the younger members of Order of Omega use this year’s series of Greek week events as a precedent to expand upon. I think there is potential to develop the weekend into something that the entire Greek community can get involved in, rather than just representatives for each chapter,” said Casey Butrico. “I am excited to see where the current junior members take Order of Omega next year.”