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April 12, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU Greek Week raises awareness

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Fraternities and sororities at Slippery Rock University will use the week of April 21-26 to both raise awareness of Greeks on campus and raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

A series of competitions during the week will decide the winner of the 2013 Greek Week Champions.

Victoria Henderson, a communication major from Pleasant Hill and a member of Omicron Pi sorority, and Brian Gabriel, a business major from Washington, Pa., and a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity, are co-chairing the event.

"Fraternities and sororities are matched with partner organizations and must compete in various events to earn points throughout the week," said Henderson.

Penny Wars, in which Greek organizations earn points for pennies collected in jars, but lose points for other coins, will take place throughout the week. The Greek organizations will also collect new and gently used books to donate to the Carnegie Library.

The traditional "Greek Sing," in which the social organizations compete for honors, opens the week at 3 p.m., April 21, in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. The organizations will perform song and dance routines.

General admission is $3, with proceeds earmarked for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Members will compete in a Quiz Bow, 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and games of Greek-themed "Horse" April 22.

The organizations will collect canned goods and other non-perishable food items to build "Can Castles" on the Quad as a part of the "Earth Days 2013" Carnival April 23. Creativity and size of castles will be judged. The "building materials" will be donated to local food banks. A series of "Goofy Games," including dizzy bat, egg toss, and three-legged races are planned for the afternoon along with swimming pool events in the evening.

A Greek Week Volleyball Tournament is scheduled for April 24. Greeks will attend the Order of Omega initiation and speaker at 5 p.m. in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. Order of Omega is a Greek leadership honor society that recognizes the top 3 percent of affiliated students, who excel in character, scholarship, service and leadership.

Greek students will receive competition points for attending the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership April 25, Blood Drive. The 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. drive will be in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Other April 25 events include a softball throw, tug-of-war, food at Ginger Hill and a "Capture the Greek Week Chair" event.

Students will also compete in track events, a soccer shoot-out and "Chariot Races" April 26.

During Greek Week 2012, students raised $4,270 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.