Greek Week: Competitive Fun for a Good Cause

One of the biggest annual showcases for the University of San Diego's Fraternity and Sorority Life community, starts today, March 27, and runs through Friday, March 31 on campus: Greek Week.

The Greek Life community at USD is a vital part of the campus. Nearly 30 percent of USD's undergraduate student body is affiliated with one of its 18 student organizations, which are overseen by the Infraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council and USD’s Student Learning Involvement and Changemaking (SLIC). All members are committed to maintain five core values -- social justice and selfless service, high social standards, leadership, academic excellence and sisterhood/brotherhood -- and strive to develop strong friendships and leadership potential.

Each year, USD’s fraternities and sororities come together in a series of spirited events that give students an opportunity to have some fun while at the same time raise critical funds for an important cause. This year's charity recipient is actually a current Greek Life member who is suffering from a type of stomach cancer, a gastrointestinal stromal tumor.

"The money that will be raised this week is to benefit research, specifically the research that the student's doctor is doing at UCSD," said Panhellenic Advisor for Fraternity and Sorority Life Monica Schnapp.

Each day this week is worthwhile for fundraising, but two of the week’s major events center on Wednesday's Philanthropy Night and Friday's traditional Greek Life skits.

On Wednesday, there’s a program that runs from 7 to 9 p.m. in Maher Hall's Salomon Hall, which entails Greek Life students making tie blankets and activity bags for Ronald McDonald House at Rady Children's Hospital. Students will also assist the upcoming USD Relay for Life event, taking place April 7-8 at USD's Valley Field, by writing cards for cancer patients, creating luminaria bags that line the track at Relay for Life. Prior to the activity projects, the student for whom Greek Week research money is being raised for will speak to the audience. 

On Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Jenny Craig Pavilion, students from fraternities and sororities team together in the annual competitive culmination event, which are short dance skits to determine the overall winners of Greek Week.

The complete list of this week's events are as follows:

Monday, March 27: Coin Wars, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside the Hahn University Center.

Tuesday, March 28: Academic Bowl, 12:30 to 2 p.m., UC Forum C.

Wednesday, March 29: Philanthropy Night, 7-9 p.m., Maher Hall's Salomon Hall.

Thursday, March 30: Field Day, 12 to 2 p.m., Immaculata Lawn.

Friday, March 31: Greek Life Skits, 6 to 9 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion.


The video shown above is from USD's 2016 Greek Week activities.