Next week, WKU students may see a lot more Greek letters around campus than usual as 25 Greek organizations participate in their annual Greek Week.
Covington senior Americo Capodagli, co-chairman of the Greek Week committee, said the week is the only time all the sororities and fraternities work together for a common philanthropy.
“Greek Week is the last thing we do together,” he said. “We get together for a week and do different things we’ve been doing all year but separately.”
The Greek Week committee consists of all students, and they are responsible for planning the events themselves, said Aubrey Holt, a graduate assistant who assists Panhellenic sororities.
Owensboro senior Katie Carpenter, co-chairwoman of the committee, said the week is competitive for Greeks, but they’re all dedicated to the philanthropy aspect.
“Even though it’s a week to have fun and meet new Greeks, we do a lot for the community,” she said.
The week will start off Sunday with Spring Sing, a song and dance competition between fraternities and sororities, which is one of the biggest events of the week, Capodagli said.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday there is a blood drive in the Preston Center, and the Greeks hope to meet their goal of having 1,400 units of blood donated, Carpenter said.
“The blood drive is something we want to work on,” she said. “Last year we came really close to getting our goal, and we want to do it this year.”
Saturday, the Greeks will host Topper Tailgate before the annual red vs. white spring football game.
The tailgate is something new for the Greeks, as they’re staying at WKU to host a philanthropy event rather than traveling to participate in one, Capodagli said.
The tailgating event will include lunch, music and entertainment, Carpenter said. Head Coach Willie Taggart and members of the football team will be there, and all the proceeds will go to Hotel Inc., a local charity that provides assistance for people in poverty.
At each event, the different sororities and fraternities collect points for how many people they get to represent their organization, and a winner is declared at the end of the week, Carpenter said.
Capodagli said the committee has been planning the event for almost a year, and the fraternities and sororities involved having been practicing for months.
“It’s a really good bonding experience with your chapter,” he said. “It really creates a bunch of little moments that creates a lot for you as an individual.”
Carpenter said although the week has Greeks participating, it also provides the student body with a glimpse of Greeks contributing to their school and community.
“It’s a concentrated week where people get to see what Greeks are about,” she said. “Hopefully people will get interested and are able to see the benefits of it all.”