What does a pig, elementary school children, and hundreds of college students have in common? They all kicked off Randolph-Macon’s Greek Week on April 15.
To kick off Greek Week, Randolph-Macon hosted a pig roast where students from Henry Clay Elementary School came and got to hang out with the college students.
Once the pig roast was coming to an end, all of the students headed over to the Brock Center to start competing in Greek Games.
Kids were competing in wheelbarrow races, college students were racing in cardboard boats, and teams were losing their voices cheering against their competitors.
“The last several years were excellent, but I have to say that incorporating community students and a campus wide cook out were my favorite improvements.
It is so vital for our fraternity and sorority community to be welcoming and to demonstrate values through actions. I believe working with and cheering on the students who participated along with our fraternity and sorority men and women was such an incredible idea and a great way to demonstrate spirit, service, and community leadership,” said James McGhee, Assistant Dean of Students.
After the excitement from Greek games died down, students welcomed speaker Dr. Lori Hart. Dr. Hart was lighthearted, funny, and got students to participate. She talked about pledges, alcohol use, big and littles, and everything else that has ever been involved in Greek life.
Dr. Hart connected with the students by using stories she had heard from different campuses nationwide and stories that she had experienced. She showed how to develop Greek life and make Greek great.
“She was really good. Her opinions and points were accurate for the most part and her ability to get us all to be real and honest was impressive,” said senior Sarah Maxwell.
Finally, Friday rolled around and the campus was buzzing with excitement for lip-sync and the all-Greek formal. All three sororities came out to win and took home first, second, and third place.
Delta Zeta crushed the competition with their circus theme. Kappa Alpha Theta came in a close second with their Disney theme and Alpha Gamma Delta followed with Emily Plowman dominating the dance stage.
The all-Greek formal was held in the upstairs Brock Commons. There was food, dancing, and lots of music.
Students from all different Greek organizations attended and were even allowed to bring non-Greek dates. The night wrapped up around midnight and students started getting ready for the big day that would follow.
On Saturday morning different organizations woke up early to start setting up for Camptown. The Student Government Association and the Office of Student Life hosted Camptown.
The event ran from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and had five bands, two food trucks, and a beer garden. Students and the Ashland community came out to enjoy free entertainment and games.
Organizations such as Phi Delta Theta were letting people pie their members and Kappa Alpha Theta had corn hole set up.
On Sunday the students said goodbye to Greek Week by closing with Greek awards.
Various awards were given for service, risk management, leadership, and many more accomplishments. The announcement of the winners of Greek Week came at the very end of the awards. Delta Zeta, Phi Delta Theta, and Theta Chi were all members of the green team who were crowned the 2015 Greek Week champions.
“It was really exciting especially because we had put so much work into our lip-sync. It was really rewarding and it was really nice getting to know Theta Chi and Phi Delta Theta better,” said junior Kristin Kunz.
-Madison Guidry ’16, Senior Features Editor