Greeks roll into ‘Las Vegas’ themed Greek Week

The long-standing BU Greek tradition kicks off this week with Mr. BU Tuesday in Rice Auditorium.

The theme this year is “Las Vegas,” with festive activities such as Casino Night at 9 p.m. Wednesday and Sin City Games and Trivia at 9 p.m. Thursday.

All of the events are open to the campus, except for Casino Night.

Sorority and Fraternity Life Coordinator Jennifer Letner hopes that non-Greek students will take advantage of the week.

“I hope that (the non-Greek students) check everything out and see that the Greek community is able to work together,” Letner said. “I don’t think that a lot of non-Greek students realize how much work goes into the Greek system and their scholastic, community and social events and projects.”

The Greek community extends its philanthropic hand to Greek Week, with both a community service opportunity and helping with the health fair.

“This week shows that we aren’t as divided as everyone thinks we are,” Alpha Chi Omega Representative senior Madison Mater said. “We all like each other and this week shows that unity. More importantly it’s a time for all of us to come together and do things as a community, like the group philanthropy.”

This group philanthropy event is a new addition to Greek Week. Letner said it was added to promote the good the Greek community does.

Along with promotion, the week is a time for recognition. The chapters apply and receive awards for things such as good recruitment efforts and strong relationships with alumni.

At the end of the week, all the points are tallied for things such as winning events, participation and food donations to Order of Omega. Sororities and fraternities will be paired up against one another and the winners will also be announced at an awards ceremony.

“I love the Greek Awards,” Letner said. “I think it’s important that they get awarded for all the hard work they do throughout the year. Not a lot of the student population understands what kind of contribution our Greek numbers make.”

The contribution Letner is talking about is the combined 500 hours of community service and $12,000 raised this year alone. It is this fact that Letner hopes campus will be more aware of after Greek Week.

“The whole week is a lot of fun,” Mater said. “As a Greek community, we can’t be divided. This is a chance for all of us to come together, have fun and show what we can do as a whole.”