Every year, the Greek community at Kansas State University teams up to support one philanthropy and participates in activities for Greek Week. This year, the Greek community came together to raise money for the Manhattan branch of Habitat for Humanity.
This year, Greek Week took place the week of February 21 through February 26. This year’s theme for the week was Survivor. The sororities and fraternities were first paired up. Then each pairing was given a color and given an animal as its mascot. Kappa Alpha Theta was paired with Sigma Phi Epsilon and Beta Sigma Psi. Our team name was the Burgundy Badgers.
The first day, Feb. 21, was Dine for a Cause. Members could eat at Smashburger, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Jeff’s Pizza Shop or Orange Leaf and a portion of the tab would be donated. Sunday was also the start of Penny Wars. Everyday during Greek Week there were jars labeled with each team name set out where the events were taking places. Teams were trying to raise as many pennies as possible. Teams could put quarters, dimes, nickels, or bills into other teams’ jars causing them to lose points.
On Feb. 22, Survivor games were held at the Recreation Complex. Two members of each house participated in either a trivia, athletic or scavenger hunt challenge. Penny Wars also continued at a table set up in the Kansas State University Union, where there was also a Greek giveaway.
The third day, Feb. 23, free hot chocolate was given away outside of Hale Library. Penny Wars the Greek giveaway continued. Greek giveaway items varied from items such as USB car chargers, yo-yos, highlighters and stickers.
Feb. 24 at McCain Auditorium was Greek’s Got Talent. Tickets were five dollars each, and the money raised was donated. Each team selected one act to preform to try to win over the judges. The Burgundy Badgers got second place with “Bachelor the Musical.”
“Greek’s Got Talent was definitely my favorite part,” Leah Fields, sophomore in family studies and human services, said. “Since I have been helping plan Greek Week since the beginning of the semester, it was really cool seeing everything fall into place.”
There was a social media challenge on Feb. 25 where members of the Greek community could tweet using the hash tag #whyimgreek, their team name and mentioning the Greek Week twitter account. All members were encouraged to post and the team with the most points won. The Burgundy Badgers received first place in the first social media challenge.
The second part to the social media challenge was to find the most creative place to take a picture with the team flag. The Burgundy Badgers chose to go to the Beach Museum and dress as if they were on the beach, despite the cold weather. The Burgundy Badgers got third place on the second social media challenge.
Feb. 26 was the final day for Penny Wars, and the winners were announced at a bonfire at Britt’s Farm in the evening. Members of the houses collected money for their teams until the very last second. Teams brought in hundreds of dollars worth of pennies and other change to try to take down competitors.
That evening at the bonfire, it was announced that the Burgundy Badgers got first place. Even though the team dropped dramatically in Penny Wars on Friday, the team only had to raise five dollars to keep the lead.
“I was just so proud of Theta,” Fields said. “It made me really happy seeing everything turn out successful. It made the all of the stress of planning it worth it. I felt like a proud mom.”
Kappa Alpha Theta not only won Homecoming earlier in the year, but kept up the trend to win Greek Week as well.
“Theta is full of passionate women who are not willing to give anything but their best in everything we do,” Samantha Thomas, junior in family studies and human services, said. “Being a champion is more than just showing up and doing well. It is about caring and being willing to go above and beyond. We are united and that is an incredible feeling.”