Tug brings unexpected winner

Mitchell Grogg

It was a rainy and muddy afternoon of tug-of-war between fraternities and sororities Friday at Greek Week’s Tug. 

Tug is an annual event near the end of Greek Week Festivities at WKU. Each team consists of eight members.

“We like to lay in mud and tug against other eight people on the rope,” said Tug Chair Evelyn Cordeiro, a junior from Pleasant View, Tenn.

The afternoon started with the tug-of-war rounds simply taking place in the mud, but a rain shower that lasted through most of the event made things muddier. 

Among the fraternities, Delta Tau Delta fraternity won first place in a match against FarmHouse fraternity. It was a first, and a break from the usual top finishers, FarmHouse and Alpha Gamma Rho, Cordeiro said. 

“Delta Tau Delta doesn’t usually place in the top tier,” Cordeiro said.

Louisville senior and Delta Tau Delta tug team member Mark Gavula was glad to see the win in his last year at WKU.

“It was awesome,” he said, with mud covering half his face. “My senior year, going out with the win.”

He said the team trained for three months, at least an hour per night.

“I didn’t win for myself,” he said. “I won for the people in front of me on the rope, behind me, and anyone else on the rope.”

Among the sororities, Kappa Delta sorority came out on top this year, winning a final match against Alpha Gamma Delta.

Paris freshman KK Shepherd, who was on Kappa Delta’s team, said she prepared knowing everyone would bring their best.

“We’ve been out for awhile now, just kind of every night knowing that nobody comes down here and messes around,” she said. “Everybody’s a valiant opponent and so just knowing that, you have to kind of think everybody’s working just as hard as you are.”