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Fraternities, sororities hold annual Greek Week

By Audrey O'Neil
On April 18, 2012


Fraternities and sororities at the University of Rhode Island have joined together to help raise money for national and local charities.

For more than 60 years, Greek Week has been a long-standing tradition during the spring semester at URI, according to the Greek Life website. During this week, the fraternities and sororities show their school spirit by participating in fun and creative activities and events. Each fraternity and sorority earns points by participating and the group with the most points by the end of the week is declared the winner.  Greek Week has raised thousands of dollars in the past for various charities by hosting these events.

Freshman and nursing major, Ray Bolvin, is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and is participating in Greek Week for the first time.

"It is really fun to see everyone out there and participating because it makes the events more enjoyable so more people want to be involved," Bolvin said. "It also makes it more enjoyable knowing that we are helping to raise money by doing these crazy things and that we are having fun while doing it."

One of the events Bolvin participated in with his fraternity was the Red Bull Chariot Race that was held yesterday at Fraternity Circle. During the event, teams were required to build their own chariots and race against others.

"It was really fun watching the team from our frat build the chariot because everyone wants to win the race," Bolvin said. "But it really isn't about winning. We are just focused on going out there and supporting our frat and having fun."

Sigma Phi Epsilon also participated in their own fraternity event, Slip n' Slide bowling, which was held yesterday at the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity House. This event was mainly focused on fun. Each person was required to slide down a slip n' slide in order to knock over the oversized inflatable bowling pins. 

Other Greek Week events included Broom Ball and the Greek Life Eat Off. During the Greek Life Eat Off, hosted by the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, each team was challenged to eat foods that were placed in front of them. The team that ate the most food won this event and earned points for the week.

The next event in store for Greek Week is the Hot Shot Contest. The contest, a three-point shootout, is taking place in the Tootell gym at 4 p.m. The team who makes the highest number of three-point shots, wins.

"I am definitely looking forward to all of the events left for this week," Bolvin said. "I hope that our frat can continue to earn points and show the Sigma Phi spirit."

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