Greek organizations join forces for good cause

By Chelsea Mazer

Greek Council held its annual Greek Week starting April 17 for the social and cultural Greek organizations.

Greek Week is one of two main events held every year at Cal Poly Pomona to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Earlier this year, the CPP Greek community raised $50,164.50 during the Up ‘Til Dawn overnight event in the Bronco Student Center and set a high fundraising bar for Greek Week as well.

While this week is primarily geared toward philanthropic efforts, organizations also participated in events and competed for awards to showcase their hard work.

Each of the 16 participating organizations also nominated a member to be their Greek God or Goddess as a representative of the chapter.

These designated members participated in contests such as a surprise dance-off and an Oreo eating contest in an attempt to win points for their respective organization while the chapters as a whole participate in larger scale events.

The main events throughout the week included a can structure building competition, talent show, blood drive, Greek Olympics, food fair and the culminating event, Lip Sync.

“Our chapter really tries to go all in from day one,” said Morgan Davidson, a second-year hospitality student and sister of Chi Omega. “We love to support our sisters in everything they do from the talent show to can day and of course for Lip Sync. We show our full force Chi Omega spirit and leave everything we have out there on the stage. It’s one of my favorite parts of our Greek Week involvement.”

The Lip Sync event was held at the Bronco Commons on Friday and was attended by Greek members, friends and family, campus community members and the panel of judges composed of adult leaders on campus.

Greek Council chose Pixar as this year’s Greek Week theme and some of the movies used for Lip Sync were Cars, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story and Monster’s University.

“Lip Sync was a very fun event to watch because it was entertaining, funny and relatable,” said Toni Sykes, a sister of Kappa Delta sorority. “It had an overall theme of positivity in the skits which made it more pleasant to sit and watch for a few hours.”

The performances may only last 10 minutes but there are months of planning and rehearsing necessary for perfecting the skits before the big show.

Chapters took scenes, characters and scenery from their respective movies and transformed them into their choreographed performances.

The music and sounds that tie everything together were mainly pulled from trending artists in addition to sound effects, recorded dialogue and acting.

When the organizations get up on stage and perform their skits it shows how dedicated they are to their performances and to each other.

“My favorite part of Greek Week would have to be Lip Sync because each organization puts their own twist on it and gets to show off their theme from the week,” said Inter-fraternity Council Programming Chair and brother of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity Victor Chen. “Being on Greek Council has given me the opportunity to be part of the background work that goes into the planning and execution of Greek Week; It’s also really cool getting to see what all the organizations do as a chapter, how they work together and how we all come together as a community for a good cause.”

Greek Week is sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers and Greek Council through the IFC, Diversified Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and NALFO.

It not only brings together the Greek community, but also shines a light on what the Greeks do for CPP and its greater community.

With this year’s festivities having ended, there are fewer events ahead this quarter for the bulk of the Greek community, but it is quite likely that they will be preparing for next year before we know it.

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers performing at Lip Sync

Zara Hurtado / The Poly Post

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers performing at Lip Sync

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