The evening of Thursday May 8, the Gizmo was packed with excited sorority and fraternity members clad in neon green shirts which read, “Greekalodion,” this year’s Greek Week theme. The members had gathered in the Gizmo to watch the popular Greek talent show and find out the winners of Greek Week events.
This year’s talent show was filled with a variety of acts. There were singers and dancers, Kappa Kappa Gammas playfully mocking Knox Greek organizations, and much applause.
The overall winners of the talent show were TKEs senior Patrick Herlihey, senior Brian King, and sophomore Adam Soto, who got the prize while decked out in sparkly eye shadow for dedicating a song to legendary singer David Bowie. The award for most original went to Sigma Nu for their robot boogie, where members dressed in boxes to resemble robots and sang the robot song from Flight of the Conchords. The award for most musical went to Sigma Chi’s rendition of, “Kiss the Girl,” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The funniest went to Kappa Kappa Gamma for their skit, and best dance went to Pi Beta Phi.
One act that created both excitement and dismay was the TKE’s dance number. TKE’s well-coordinated dance took over a month to prepare according to freshman Dan Hintz, and received great crowd response. Unfortunately for the TKEs, it ended with ripping up and throwing the FIJI owl, the fraternity’s mascot, into the crowd. This caused IFC president junior Randy Geary to disqualify the members of that act from Greek Week, and that particular event from the talent show. TKE members said that the act had been a playful joke with FIJI and believed that Geary overreacted.
“We saw FIJI trying to get back at us, but not to get disqualified,” said Hintz, adding “it wasn’t offensive, just a joke.”
Randy Geary, IFC president, stood by his decision to disqualify the TKEs despite the crowd’s support for the act. Geary emphasized that Greek Week was about “unity of the system, not individual organizations,” he said.
“Yes, it may have been a joke, but with the climate we’re in we wanted the event to be unified. I would want my organization treated like that, I didn’t want that [attitude] brought into the entire week.” He concluded by adding that “some thought it was a very rash decision, but I stand by it, I completely stand by it.”
Greek Week was celebrated starting with Sunday’s Greek Olympics with stations set up around campus. Monday had trivia night, which had a large turnout. Tuesday was devoted to philanthropy with a blood drive. The Boys and Girls club donations went on all week, and each Greek organization got points for supplies they gave. Wednesday was the awards banquet. This year two new awards were presented, which went to a freshman boy and girl who “exemplified the best leadership abilities as well as best embodied the ideas and values and mission of the organization,” said Geary, who designed the award.
The winners of Greek Week were Tri-Delta in first place with 164 points, Pi Beta Phi with 161 points in second, and Kappa Kappa Gamma with 122 points in third. Tri-Deltas were all very excited.
“We tried to give as much participation as we could,” said Tri-Delta sophomore Cassidy Bires, making note of the big turnout at the blood drive.
Overall, many of the Greeks present were happy for such a relaxing, fun week, especially concerning the difficulties Greek life has taken the past year concerning local colony admittance to becoming Greek organizations.
“I think it was a nice thing to do amidst what has been a rather interesting year,” said junior Anjali Pattanayak of ATP.
“It was really great to see what different people came up with [at the talent show],” said Sigma Chi member sophomore Alex Shi.
“The whole Greek week proves we can bond together and we’re not just an exclusive system,” he said.
The Greeks were also able to raise $125 for The Boys and Girls club as well as a large box of school supplies, signed up 44 blood donors.
Planning for the week started at the end of last term and went on into spring term, and cost about $3,000 paid for by Pan-Hellenic and IFC.