Beginning Jan. 24, NSU’s Order of Omega Greek honor society will host the first annual Greek Week — a series of events that demonstrate the core values of Greek life.
Order of Omega Vice President of Programming Belen Perez, senior environmental science major, said Greek Week is something that will create bonds between the different Greek organizations that are a part of the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and the Unified Greek Council.
“It’s a time for all of the Greek organizations on campus to come together as one to have fun and represent all of the values that are part of our organizations, such as friendship, brotherhood, sisterhood, service and philanthropy,” she said.
The week will kick off at the 2015 Leadership Conference on Jan. 24, which many Greek members attend to demonstrate the importance of leadership within their organizations. The rest of the week will include complementary T-shirts for members of Greek organizations, karaoke night, service day, a field day and other events that will bring them together.
“Hopefully this will bring multi-cultural and social organizations together to create new relationships and have fun,” Perez said. “Greek life on campus is something that people really do take pride in. It really is an amazing thing that offers friendship and a way to better yourself as a person.”
Most events are scheduled at times students don’t have classes, in hopes that the events will have a better turnout. Although the week is primarily aimed at the unification of Greek life, non-Greeks are invited to attend as well so that they can see what Greek life is like.
“So many universities around us host a Greek Week, and it’s such a big thing that those students look forward to,” Perez said. “Here at NSU, we’re still trying to get our traditions together, so hopefully it can become a campus-wide tradition.”
NSU’s Greek life includes IFC members Beta Theta Pi, Kappa Sigma and Phi Gamma Delta, UGC members Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Lambda Theta Alpha and Zeta Phi Beta and PC members Delta Phi Epsilon, Sigma Delta Tau, Phi Sigma Sigma and Theta Phi Alpha.
Karanja Sekou, sophomore marine biology major, is the recruitment chair for Phi Gamma Delta and said there are a lot of mixed feelings about NSU’s Greek life, and they are going to come together to show the campus what Greek life can offer to benefit its members.
“Greek systems build communities on campus, and that is what we are striving to do with Greek Week,” he said. “Coming together, talking and bonding only strengthens our organizations.”