Sigma Kappa and Sigma Nu win Greek Week


The Appalachian Online

Jordan Boles

Of the 10 on-campus sororities and 12 fraternities, Sigma Kappa and Sigma Nu won first place over all other organizations that participated in Greek Week events.

Katy Huis, vice president of programming for the PanHellenic Council, and Connor Gantt, vice president of programming for the Interfraternity Association, were in charge of planning Greek Week and all of its events.

“Greek Week is a chance for all Greeks to come together for the common cause of helping our community by raising money, donating cans and spending time together,” Huis said.

Greek Week started April 15 on Sanford mall with a muddy kickoff event, which was sponsored by Red Bull and included a banner contest and a can drive competition that was judged for amount collected, as well as the presentation of the cans – a tradition named “canstruction.” Together, the Greek community collected over 14,000 cans.

Alpha Omicron Pi and Delta Sigma Phi won best banners among the sororities and fraternities, respectively, while Sigma Kappa and Alpha Sigma Phi won best “canstruction,” respectively. Alpha Omicron Pi also collected the most cans total.

The next event – a Greek God and Goddess competition – was held April 16 at the Harvest House in Boone. Contenders sang, rapped, danced and played instruments. Maggie Tardiff from Zeta Tau Alpha took home the title for Greek Goddess, and Zach Smith from Sigma Nu won Greek God.

A benefit concert was held at the Harvest House the following day, performed by The Lonely Biscuits. The Greek Week carnival was held April 18, including games, booths and food for Greeks, non-Greek life students and the community. Kappa Delta and Fiji, sold the most tickets at the carnival with a cotton candy booth and a dunk tank, respectively.

Due to inclement weather, the Greek games were cancelled Sunday and alternative opportunities for points were offered. Organizations could earn points by attending trivia night at The Rock sports bar. The Greek office also started a shoe drive in which organization members could donate new or gently used shoes to be sent to villages in Africa.

In all, over $10,000 in scholarships were raised that went toward various foundations such as the Wounded Warrior and OASIS, or Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Service. More than 300 pairs of shoes were also collected during the shoe drive.

Monday, the annual Lip Sync event was held. Delta Zeta won first place among the sororities with an exciting Lion King-inspired dance, while Sigma Nu won first place among the fraternities with a comedic Saturday Night Live performance.

After Lip Sync, it was announced that Sigma Kappa and Sigma Nu both won first place overall in Greek Week. Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Phi won second and third place, respectively, for the sororities and Phi Gamma Delta and Theta Chi won second and third place, respectively for the fraternities.

Willis Wood, a brother of Sigma Nu and the organization’s Greek Week chair, was responsible for coordinating activities throughout the week. He noted that the event had a way of not only bringing the individual organizations closer, but also benefitting the community.

“It’s a beautiful thing when a group of guys works together to accomplish a goal and ours was to win Greek Week,” Wood said. “Overall, it is really time consuming but in the end worth it because it promotes unity between Greeks as a whole and then the community of Boone.”

Alexandria Spurrier, a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha was also her organization’s Greek week chair.

“I feel like Sigma Kappa has grown stronger and closer this past week and really came together as a whole during Greek week,” Spurrier said. “I loved every second of it and would not have changed anything about it. I am so proud of Sigma Kappa and every other organization that came together to help make this Greek week a success.”

STORY: Jordan Boles, Intern News Reporter