Story by Da’sha Tuck, Staff writer
Greek Week had a fresh look this year with several new events like Family Feud night, an Instagram photo challenge and a rebate night. That momentum continued last Wednesday at Lovett Auditorium with the annual All Greek Assembly that introduced the Greek Gods and Goddesses pageant.
All Greek Assembly is an awards ceremony held every spring for the entire Greek community, including National Pan-Hellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and National PanHellenic Council.
This year, the assembly was postponed due to a countywide power outage, but on Wednesday, April 27, events went on as planned, including the new pageant.
To make the event more interesting for students, Evan Ditty, Greek life coordinator, added the Greek God and Goddess pageant.
“That was one thing Evan really tried to do was make Greek Week and All Greek Assembly bigger and better,” said Caitlin Dunaway, junior from Iuka, Illinois, and membership vice president of Alpha Delta Pi. “It started off small but hopefully it’s going to keep growing from here.”
One member of each sorority and fraternity had the opportunity to enter the pageant by modeling a toga that represented their chapter. ADPi won sorority division and Alpha Phi Alpha took the fraternity spot.
“Someone in my sorority jokingly brought up the idea of me wearing our Alphie costume (ADPi’s lion mascot), and I thought it would make it more fun if I did wear it,” said Lauren Frank, junior from Springfield, Illinois, and ADPi Goddess. “I was glad to be able to represent Alpha Delta Pi on stage and get to add my own spin to it and make it funny for everyone there.”
Alpha Phi Alpha’s President Justin Frazier said this year’s Greek Week was one for the books.
“It was just an overall good experience for Alpha Phi Alpha,” Frazier, senior from Paducah, Kentucky said. “It was good to do activities with different fraternities and sororities on campus.”
Dunaway said this year’s All Greek Assembly was worth the wait. She said it is events like this that build up the Greek organizations and help them fight the negative stereotypes that surround Greek life.
“Being Greek to me is being a leader on campus, being philanthropic, being a sister to 140 girls and always being there for them,” Dunaway said. “It’s also about growing as a person and a professional.”
Outstanding Chapter Advisers
- Brenda Stokes
- Jerry Penner
Outstanding Chapter Presidents
- Tyler Pippin
- Amanda Hobson
Greek Man of the Year
- Darren Craig Lamb
Greek Woman of the Year
- Madelyn Pelletier
Outstanding collaborative community service organizations
- Alpha Sigma Alpha
- Pi Kappa Alpha
Outstanding new member education program
- Sigma Pi
Awards for Alpha Sigma Alpha
- Outstanding community service
- Outstanding philanthropic chapter
Outstanding philanthropic chapter
- Alpha Omicron Pi
Awards for Sigma Sigma Sigma
- Outstanding sisterhood
- Outstanding community service award
- Outstanding educational progam
- Outstanding new member educational program
- Sigma Phi Epsilon