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Not your average competition

Ohio Northern University's Greek Life chapters participated in various Greek Week festivities, including a pizza eating contest (Northern Review photo/Devan Bianco).

Ohio Northern University's Greek Life chapters participated in various Greek Week festivities, including a pizza eating contest (Northern Review photo/Devan Bianco).

Who doesn’t love a little bit of friendly competition? The Greek Life community at Ohio Northern University does, which is why every spring members train and compete in competitions during Greek Week. By the end of the week, one sorority and one fraternity rein supreme and are crowned Greek Week Champions. This year's Greek Week took place during the first full week of April, and although the weather seemed questionable at times, it didn’t stop the fierce competition.

Every year, ONU Greek Life members vote and select a theme for the week. Past themes have consisted of movies, decades, and even holidays. This year, members decided to relive their past and embrace the 1990's cartoons.

The kick-off of Greek Week was Greek Sing, an event in which every sorority and fraternity prepared songs and dances that are judged by selected campus staff and faculty. Each chapter chose a '90's cartoon and went with that show to base the members' performance. After seeing Sabrina the Teenage Witch search for her cat, the Rugrats travel to ONU, and the Powerpuff Girls defeat the Mojo JoJo, Delta Zeta took the crown and came in first place by taking the judges to the jungle with The Wild Thornberry’s.

The fraternities came to win, and no one came unprepared. Sponge Bob, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Magic School Bus, Dexter’s Laboratory, Rocket Power and Pokémon were all themes that were chosen by the participating fraternities. The new kids on the block, Sigma Pi, took home the medal of the night. 

Tuesday brought on all the mud, as the annual kickball competition was held out at President's Field. Slipping and sliding into a win, Delta Zeta and Delta Sigma Phi took the first place award in the event. Wednesday was the loudest event of the week with the Greeks gathering in King Horn once again to compete against each other in a volleyball tournament. After several hours of playing, Alpha Xi Delta and Sigma Pi came out victorious.

Thursday was all about knowledge with Pandora’s Box and a trivia contest. Both Alpha XI Delta and Sigma Phi Epsilon won the day's events. Friday was the day that the strongest and fastest in all of Greek Life were able to debut their talents. First on Friday was Mud Tug, and although it was a little chilly, it didn’t stop anyone from getting down and dirty. After the Mud Tug event, the Greeks took to the Green Monster to compete in a 5K race. As the sun was setting, Greek Life members piled into their cars to drive beside the track and cheer on their brothers and sisters.

Saturday was the annual Greek Olympics, a day when the Greek Life members meet on the Tundra to compete in various events throughout the afternoon, including a chariot race, egg toss, pyramid building, a pizza eating contest, and a relay.

After several Greek Life members lost their voices and became sunburnt, Greek Week officially was over and Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Phi Epsilon won the overall title of Greek Week Champions. 

Greek Week is always my favorite week of the year because it shows the pride we have to be a part of the Greek community, as well as our individual chapters. But winning this year made it much more memorable. Since my time on campus, Sigma Phi Epsilon has not won Greek Week, so it's special to celebrate a win in my last year [in the chapter]," said fourth-year pharmacy student Kyle Klawson.  

Greek Week is known for bringing the Greek community together, and this year was no different. The Greek organizations bonded as chapters and were proud to be represented in the events. Senior nursing major Alex Infantino, a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon, couldn't be prouder of how his fraternity did this year.

I think this [year's] Greek Week was really a testament to the quality of our new members. When I arrived on campus four years ago, SigEp was coming off back-to-back Greek Week wins, but we haven't placed higher than 3rd since then. This year, our new members really took it upon themselves to try to win for the seniors and to represent SigEp with pride."