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Greek Life Connects with Community

by Kevin Saez

A large part of Greek Life is community service, as shown by each organization’s dedication to the greater good during Greek Week.

Life at Montclair State is making itself known all week with the annual year-end celebration and competition. Banners with pictures from Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, All That and other television shows accompanied by the usual Greek letters line the Student Center walls as evidence of the Greek Week activities spanning from Sunday, April 23 to Saturday, May 2.
Throughout the week, members of the Greek organizations will be competing for the title of Greek Week Champions in events aligned with the television show theme. Although the members of the Greek community are the ones participating, everyone is welcome to watch the festivities.
The spirited events kicked off Sunday with Meet the Greeks in the Student Center Quad, where sororities and fraternities proudly presented their letters for all to see.
“My sorority is special because the bond we have is so much more than just a sisterhood,” said Kelly Potts, a senior and sister of Sigma Delta Tau. “We’re all such great friends and work well together for Greek Week and even beyond that.”
The 35 sororities and fraternities welcomed those who are looking to join in the fun of Greek Life. One sorority that was present for the events was Omega Phi Chi. “We embrace the diversity amongst our sisters and that’s what brings us together and our different cultures and our genuine love for our sisterhood,” said Lesa Diggs, a senior and sister of Omega Phi Chi.
Another excited member of Greek Life is Mike Majekodunmi, a senior and president of Alpha Phi Delta. “Our fraternity is special because we are the founding fathers of this chapter at this school,” said Majekodunmi. “It is also the only Italian heritage fraternity in the country.”
On Monday, Greek Life members represented their respective organizations with colorful letters on shirts and jackets as they sat in the Student Center ballrooms. They clapped and cheered as their knowledge was tested in trivia.
The Greeks moved into the Recreation Center on Tuesday with Olympic-style games including volleyball, relay races, basketball, scooter races and tug-of-war. Wednesday continued with flag football in the Student Center Quad, where they were “Tackling AIDS.”
On Thursday, members showed off their baking skills with a cake bake in the Student Center Ballroom at 1 p.m. Then came the event both Potts and Diggs were most excited for: the campus-wide scavenger hunt, starting at 4 p.m. in the Student Center Quad.
“[I was] super excited for the scavenger hunt because it’s so great learning more about MSU and our campus in a fun way that incorporates all of Greek life,” said Potts.
On Friday, participants will take to Yogi Berra Stadium from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. for Relay For Life, an overnight event dedicated to raising money and awareness about cancer.
The Greek Week Talent Show will celebrate the end of Greek Week at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Kasser Amphitheater, an event that gives Greek members the opportunity to show off their best skills. Greek members will represent their letters with dancing, singing and other talents.
“I’m most excited for the talent show,” said Majekodunmi. He and his brothers have been practicing their performance all week in their Village apartment and are sure they will impress the audience. Everyone is encouraged to fill the amphitheater and see Alpha Phi Delta and other Greek organizations show off their creative talents.
The week culminates to what all the sororities and fraternities are competing, playing and performing for: the title of Greek Week Champions. Head over to one of the many events to see who comes out with the win.

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