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It's Greek Week!

Barry McNamara
03/25/2011
Monmouth College students representing various Greek Life organizations will be teaming up for a week of philanthropy and fun beginning March 25.

“Greek life is a growing part of the Monmouth College community and Greek Week exemplifies what Greek life represents,” explained Andrew Farraher, a senior from East Peoria and a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. “Greek students from different organizations work together to help better their community and represent their respective chapters proudly, showing, for one week, what Greek students all over the country do year-round.”

The week begins with an all-Greek dinner on March 25, at which students mix and mingle with their classmates. Throughout the weekend, students will team up to help freshen the face of campus with some spring cleaning.

Greeks from various organizations will take part in a special Greek Week chapel service on March 28 at 12:10 p.m. at the Dahl Chapel. That date will also mark the start of “Penny Wars,” a week-long competition among organizations to see which one can collect the most change. There’s a catch, however, as each day the values of certain coins change. One day, nickels may be worth double, but the next they could have a negative value. Proceeds from “Penny Wars” will go to the Citizen Effect Haiti Project.

The Greeks will also be doing their part to help the Red Cross by hosting a blood drive on March 30 from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Huff Athletic Center concourse. The students are looking to top last year’s total with at least 82 pints donated.

The celebration will end with a bang with the annual Greek Week Show on March 31 at 7 p.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. The show will feature skits from each organization promoting such qualities as philanthropy, brother/sisterhood and academic excellence, which all Greek students hold in high regard. Other activities will include a banner contest and a “Greek God and Demi-God” competition, which pairs a senior member and a new member from each organization. The emcees for the show will be sophomore Kim Boyd of North Aurora (Alpha Xi Delta); senior Jim Fry of Monmouth (Phi Delta Theta); and Farraher.