I really enjoy the month of April because it brings a lot of excitement to campus. Last week, the humans battled the zombies around campus. By the end of the week, the sight of copious amounts of balled up socks on the quad and Nerf machine guns didn’t faze me. Next week is Easter Break for some much needed R&R with family, but before we can enjoy it, we find ourselves in the middle of one of the most loved and hated weeks of the year. That’s right, Greek Week.
For those of you who haven’t noticed the banners or windows in the atrium, and the large increase in matching shirts with strange lettering worn by fellow students, I’m here to tell you it’s Greek Week.
For some people not affiliated with a Greek organization and who may not be friends with one of 14 percent of the student body involved, you may think of this week as just an excuse for all the Greeks on campus to come together and be overly nice and competitive at the same time. You may get annoyed with the chants, cheers, vuvuzelas and the continued talk and drama of the week’s events. But I’m here to assure you it’s all for a good cause.
I am a huge proponent of the Greek system here at Carroll. I should be, considering I’m president of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Needless to say I look forward to the week’s events and the preparation that goes into it. The camaraderie, enthusiasm, pride, memories, and lack of sleep are what make Greek Week great.
And even though last Sunday’s opening ceremonies was one of the longest days of my life, and I have been getting on average about four hours of sleep per night because of put off homework and late Lip Sync practice, I know deep down I wouldn’t have it any other way. Although collectively as Greeks we may complain a little about attendance, argue the rules of certain events, or the fact that a few people tried to drown others in water polo on Tuesday, we are a close-knit community. We work together to accomplish service and promote a positive attitude for John Carroll and campus life through community engagement and service.
That’s what great about Carroll. You can make a difference with the things you’re involved in. And that doesn’t just include Greek Life. Lots of the varsity athletes do community service and business majors participated in the Boler Community day last Friday. The language clubs are always publicizing late night events and the student government and programming board try to make everyone engaged and happy. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you enjoy it and respect others in their efforts to have fun and make a difference as well.
In closing I would just like to say to my fellow Greeks, I hope you’ve had fun so far this week. To the rest of campus, and to anyone who is utterly annoyed with us, pay a few dollars to watch us make fools out of ourselves tomorrow night at Lip Sync. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. in Kulas and all proceeds go to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospitals; it’ll be a good time. Go Beta, and go Greek Week.