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2014 Greek Week wraps up with awards

Kappa Kappa Gamma won Greek Week for its third consecutive year.

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Senior Alexa Burtnett (center) and Colleen McGovern (right), members of Sigma Kappa sorority, laugh during the Greek Week Announcements on Monday, April 21, 2014, outside Jesse Hall. The overall winners of Greek Week were Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Sigma Phi, and Beta Sigma Psi.

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April 23, 2014

Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Sigma Phi and Beta Sigma Psi were announced as this year’s overall Greek Week winners outside Jesse Hall Monday evening.

The pairing won the categories of “overall fling” and “public relations” and came in third in the “overall special events” category.

Freshman Rosie Hutchinson of Kappa Kappa Gamma said this is her sorority’s third Greek Week win in a row.

Freshman Daniel Smith of Delta Sigma Phi found himself breathless amid the screams and the cheers of his fellow Greek students.

“I’m elated right now,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier.”

The pairings are scored and ranked in six overall categories. Each category is weighted differently. Lucie Williams, a Greek Week director, said the categories of “blood” and “service” were weighted more in points than some of the other categories.

“Those categories are what Greek Week is really all about,” she said. “If you can pull through in those important categories that are really about giving back to the community, then it’ll pay off in the long run.”

Hutchison said consistency was the key to their success.

“Even if we didn’t place first in everything, we were pretty consistent in all of the different areas of Greek Week,” she said. “We just worked really hard overall.”

The pairing’s theme was “A Bug’s Life.” Using this theme, they created banners, decorations and a short skit that was performed at the Greek Week Fling.

Kappa Delta, Alpha Epsilon Pi and Tau Kappa Epsilon came in second place overall, followed by Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Tau Delta and FarmHouse.

Seniors Grant Bressler and Sophia Mullineaux were crowned the Greek Week 2014 King and Queen.

Williams said Greek Week is a chance for all chapters to celebrate being Greek.

“It definitely exemplifies all of the scholarship and all of the service of the Greek community,” she said. “And of course, there’s the sports and the acting and the dancing, which is all of the fun stuff, but it’s definitely focused around our service and our leadership.”

The Greek Week directors are expecting to have raised more than $100,000 in this year’s Greek Week, although the official number will not be released until mid-May.

“We’re just really proud of the fact that we’re going to be able to give a lot of money to all ten beneficiaries and make a significant impact in their day-to-day runnings,” Williams said.

Smith said he wanted to thank his pairing for everything they accomplished together.

“It’s a great way to bring the campus community together as a whole,” he said. “Supporting service and blood and all of the other big things that we do for the campus and society in general is amazing.”

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