Greek Week

Emma O'Dell

The University of New Haven put on its annual Greek week event the week of April 13. All Greek organizations came out to participate in this activity-filled week of competitions. On Saturday, April 18, the winners of Greek Week were announced, naming Kappa Gamma Rho this year’s Greek Week champions.

Sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon and Chi Kappa Rho work together to complete the second night’s challenge  (Photo obtained via Chi Kappa Rho’s Facebook)
Sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon and Chi Kappa Rho work together to complete the second night’s challenge
(Photo obtained via Chi Kappa Rho’s Facebook)

Travis McHugh, who was Greek Week Coordinator elected by the All Greek Council, ran each event and coordinated the activities. “I would have tried to have bigger events but the small budget we had limited me and that was my biggest challenge,” he said.

The first event on Monday, April 13 was held in the Beckerman Recreation Center. This event consisted of specific physical exercises, obstacle courses, tug-of-war, and cross the river with a few more activities. Four teams of mixed Greek organizations competed with and against each other. The recreation center was filled with laughter and cheering from and for each team.

On Tuesday, April 14, the event was King Castle; each organization had to bring in as many cans as possible to build a castle. The categories judged on were height, creativity and aesthetic appeal.
This was a creative way to have a can drive but also incorporate it into an event. The cans went to WHEAT, West Haven Emergency Assistance Taskforce, which is a local private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt program.


“I liked the can castle because it was unique and used the most creativity on the spot,” Gabriella Nowicki, the Greek week chair of Phi Sigma Sigma, said. “Plus, we were giving back to the community at the same time.”

The evening of Wednesday April 15 was the Great Greek Escape. Each team had a puzzle that needed to be solved; there were people from each Greek organization hidden around campus with clues to a puzzle that needed to be solved. All of Greek life was on the hunt across campus wide to find clues and their missing pieces.

Thursday’s event was held in Bucknall Theater. All the organizations had to put on a performance, which got the crowds laughing. All organizations also had to participate in Greek Sing, which involved rewriting a song to incorporate something good about Greek life into it. The Charger Fight song ended up winning, as Joe Brown led the chant and team to victory that night.

Saturday was the wrap up of the week and to announce the winning team over all. The annual Greek barbeque was held outside in the German Club pavilion. The fire science group grilled burgers and hot dogs for everyone and lawn games were played. At the end, McHugh announced the victory of Kappa Gamma Rho.

“Greek Week is the perfect display of Greek Unity throughout the campus,” Richard Rotella, Sigma Chi brother, said. “It creates an environment where students who do not normally interact with each other interact and promote inter-organizational growth!”