Greek Week for charity

By Christina Davis

From May 7-16, Cal Poly Pomona sororities and fraternities participated in Greek Week, a time for Greek organizations to show the university what they’re all about.

The events provided a fun way to earn money for organizations. It was a time to show non-Greek students that Greek life provides a way to not only socialize, but also make a difference.

Greek Week kicked off with the Greek Olympics, an event in which students compete against each other for fun to get the week going.

The second event was a competition where sororities and fraternities created a structure made out of food cans that would later be donated. During the week, Greeks also held a blood drive from May 12-14.

The food fair, held on May 13, was a time for each Greek organization to sell food to students to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Greek Week ended with the Lip Sync competition on Friday, where Greek students were able to cut loose and celebrate.

Patty Paz, a second-year Microbiology student, is a member of the Alpha Pi Sigma sorority. It was her first time participating in Greek Week, and she was excited to be raising money for philanthropies and showing the rest of the university what her sorority was all about.

“This is really fun way to show everyone that we make a difference with all the philanthropies we are involved in,” said Paz.

Jorge Olivo, fourth-year Civil Engineering student, is a member of Sigma Lambda Beta. He was also excited to share his take on the Greek experience.

“Greek life is very social, but it isn’t just about parties,” said Olivo. “We do know how to have fun, but at the end of the day we also put in a lot of work.”

Greek Week is also a good way for Greeks to meet and socialize with members of sororities and fraternities that are not their own.

“It’s a fun way to meet people from different organizations,” said Olivo. “We’re all so busy with our own organizations that we don’t really get to meet other people and socialize as much as we want to. For example, volleyball was co-ed, so we had to have two women from different sororities on each team.”

Olivo also said Relay for Life is an event that raises money for cancer research. He said that his fraternity does other philanthropic work, including workshops for autistic children.

“We brought in people that worked with autistic children so that they could share their experiences to teach us about autism,” said Olivo. “We had a day at the end of all the workshops to make ribbons and hang out and promote autism awareness.”

The main message Greeks want to give to non-Greek students is that Greek life is about giving back while socializing, having fun and meeting new people.

“I know that for my fraternity, we all like to have fun, but it’s all about philanthropies and giving back,” said Olivo. “If you see us around campus with purple shirts and jackets, that’s us.”

Greek Week highlights all the positive things Greeks do as far as charity goes.

“Greek Week provides a way for us to all come together and make a difference,” said Paz. “Sure, we all have our own philanthropies, but by taking a step back after Greek Week is over, we can see that we really did make a difference together.”

Overall, Greek Week was a good time to be social and meet new people and give back to charities and organizations.

Greek Week for charity

Courtesy Sigma Kappa Facebook

Greek Week for charity

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