Greek Week turns Chapman into battleground

Gamma Phi Beta members practice for the Greek Week Banner and Chant event Friday. Photo by Kate DeSalvo

Sophomore psychology major Katie Leonard knows this week will be one of tired eyes, raspy voices, and aching muscles. Yet the Gamma Phi Beta member said it will all be worth it if her sorority is named winner of Greek Week.

Greek Week is an annual weeklong event, in which Chapman’s fraternities and sororities go head-to-head in different events like tug-of-war, water balloon pass, chalk walk, and the stepping and cheering competition banner and chant. The chapters compete for a year of bragging rights, Leonard said.

Greek Week will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 to 16 on campus. Most events like tug of war take place on Memorial Lawn, while others like banner and chant will be held on the Wells Fargo Stage in the Piazza.

“Greek Week, in general, is insane because of all the competitive spirit brewing through the air,” Leonard said. “We want to show the rest of the chapters that we are the best, so there really is no time to complain about late night practices.”

Emily Voogt, Delta Gamma president and senior public relations and advertising major, said her sorority started practicing for banner and chant Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. in classrooms to keep the routines secret.

Sophomore dance major Courtni Gidish, a Delta Gamma member, said the secrecy is important to surprise the rest of the Greek community.

“We want to keep our rehearsals a secret until the big performance to make it that much better,” she said.

Gamma Phi Beta did not reveal its event practice locations, yet Leonard said the sorority begins some at midnight.

Phi Gamma Delta president and senior business major Austin Huffman said his fraternity hasn’t started practicing and probably won’t until this week.

“We are more in it to have a good time and to make memories with our brothers,” Huffman said.

Sophomore theatre major and member of Phi Gamma Delta Joey DeFelice said that Fiji will not spend weeks preparing for chant, like many other chapters do. DeFelice said Fiji likes to focus on events that win points.

“We want a banner that wows people, so that way we get the most points to help us win,” he said.

Greek Life programming assistant Christian West said Chapman Greek Life hosts the events and has been preparing since mid-September.

“It is another way to bring the community together and it is the largest opportunity for chapters to engage in an event together,” he said.

Select members of Panhellenic decide what events will be held and each year’s theme. Each chapter’s T-shirts and some events will represent this year’s theme of Greek Olympics.

Delta Gamma is entering the competition as last year’s reigning champs.

Gidish said she is confident in her chapter’s abilities.

“I have no doubt we can win again,” she said.

[button] Greek Week Schedule of Events[/button]

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Monday:
Water Pass 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Memorial Lawn
Kajabe Can Can 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Memorial Lawn
Tuesday:
Tug of War, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Memorial Lawn
Wednesday:
Chalk Walk/Can Sculpture 11 a.m.to 12 p.m., AF Walkway
Balloon Pop, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Memorial Lawn
Thursday:
Mystery Event, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memorial Lawn
Treasure Hunt, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Memorial Lawn
Friday:
Banner and Chant, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wells Fargo Stage[/box]

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