Eastern’s Greek Week, a week-long event in May that celebrates the comradery and values of fraternity and sorority life, has been a tradition for many years at EWU. But this time around, Greek Life used their annual event to support all EWU students by contributing funds and food to Eastern’s Food Pantry Program.
“Greek week is an opportunity for the Greek community to come together and experience some playful competition and also work to better the community at the same time,” says Elise Brehmer, assistant director of sorority and fraternity life.
Every spring quarter, Eastern’s ten sororities and ten fraternities team up for a multitude of competitions. This year’s Greek week music festival theme had them split into four teams: alternative, pop, country, and rock.
On May 16, teams came dressed as their music theme to kick off the week’s festivities. The sororities and fraternities participated in games, cooking and costume contests that fit the music theme of this year’s event.
Immediately following, they participated held a Canstruction event. This involved each team collecting canned food throughout April and May, and then using those cans to create a sculpture that represented their team’s genre of music. Altogether, they collected 1,400 canned food donations for the EWU food pantry.
“Greek week’s purpose is to give the community a chance to create new connections and have some fun while making a difference through service projects,” says Brehmer, an EWU alumna and former Greek Life member.
Eastern’s Greek community members say they would like to give a special thank you to alumnus Mark Nysether of Lambda Chi Alpha — a fraternity that once had a chapter at EWU — for his generous donation.