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Every spring, the Office of Student Involvement sponsor a week of competitive, philanthropic, and social activities called "Greek Week." Greek Week is coordinated and planned by undergraduate Greek student leaders. It is a time to celebrate being Greek and show chapter and ONU pride. Events include "Greek Sing", Greek Olympics, Mud Tug, Banner competition, Watermelon Bash, and MUCH MORE...
Greek Week Co-Chairs
-Molly Wascher- Greek Week Co-Chair
-Brendan Hardin- Greek Week Co-Chair
Greek Week Schedule
-Monday, April 8th- Greek Sing
-Tuesday, April 9th- Kickball
-Wednesday, April 10th- Volleyball
-Thursday, April 11th- Pandora's Box and Trivia
-Friday, April 12th- Watermelon Bash and Mud Tug
-Saturday, April 13th- Greek Olympics and Closing Ceremonies
Greek Week Finales
Greek Sing Winners- Phi Gamma Delta and Delta Zeta
Greek God/ Goddess- Phi Gamma Delta and Zeta Tau Alpha
Kickball- Sigma Phi Epsilon and Kappa Alpha Theta
Pandora's Box- Phi Delta Chi and Kappa Alpha Theta
Trivia- Phi Delta Chi and Zeta Tau Alpha
Mud Tug- Delta Sigma Phi and Delta Zeta
Banner- Theta Chi and Delta Zeta
Penny Wars- Kappa Alpha Theta and Delta Sigma Phi
Greek Olympics- Phi Delta Chi and Delta Zeta
Congrats to our Greek Week Overall Winners
Sigma Phi Epsilon and Kappa Alpha Theta
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity at Ohio Northern University is having a philanthropy event called the “Polar Plunge”. On 2/2/12 from 1pm - 4pm they will be having brothers, other fraternity men, and anybody on campus who wants to participate go in the cold water of Polar Bear Pond on Fraternity Circle at Ohio Northern. 100% of the proceeds raised will be donated to the brotherhood's philanthropy March of Dimes. The March of Dimes raises money to help support the care of babies born prematurely. The Brothers of Delta Sigma Phi, other Greek Life members, and maybe a surprise guest or two will be present to be thrown in for $5 Dollars/Plunge. We are inviting everyone who wants to take the plunge to join us. Those deciding to brave the plunge themselves will need to purchase a shirt stating that you have “Survived the Polar Plunge” for $10 (after they've jumped in of course!).
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity at Ohio Northern University is having a philanthropy event called the “Polar Plunge”. On 1/21/12 from 1pm - 4pm we will be having brothers, other fraternity men, and anybody on campus who wants to participate go in the cold water of Polar Bear Pond on Fraternity Circle at Ohio Northern. 100% of the proceeds raised will be donated to the brotherhood's philanthropy March of Dimes. The March of Dimes raises money to help support the care of babies born prematurely. The Brothers of Delta Sigma Phi, other Greek Life members, and maybe a surprise guest or two will be present to be thrown in for $5 Dollars/Plunge. We are inviting everyone who wants to take the plunge to join us. Those deciding to brave the plunge themselves will need to purchase a shirt stating that you have “Survived the Polar Plunge” for $10 (after they've jumped in of course!). Those not wanting to take the plunge but still support March of Dimes will be able to purchase shirts for $12 a piece.
Throughout the years Interfraternity Council at Ohio Northern University has not adopted a specific philanthropy. This year we have chosen to adopt Prostate Cancer Research as our Philanthropy. In turn, one of the most well known prostate cancer philanthropies is an organization called Movember. This organization’s philanthropy is based off of the concept of “No Shave November”, except Movember focuses on growing different types of mustaches. Participants are encouraged to grow out unique mustaches using waxes and other tools. In effect, “Mo Bro’s” raise awareness of prostate cancer and other diseases that affect men, by walking around public with their one of a kind mustaches! In addition, participants are also asked to solicit donations via email and other social media websites by posting frequent photo updates on the progress of their mustache. All participants have a MoSpace as a social media tool to keep track of donations, stay in contact with supporters/team members, as well as mustache rating tools.
At ONU, we look to take a unique approach in comparison to many other schools. In the coming weeks we are seeking the assistance of Panhellenic Council in raising awareness of the cause. This will be accomplished by having various sorority members wear fake mustaches around campus to make a statement and raise awareness. In addition, we also look to occupy tables outside of the dining hall with laptops to aide students by enhancing the ease of donation. The fraternity that accumulates the most donations by December 1st at 12:00PM will win the competition and receive a pizza party courtesy of IFC.
Our goal is to raise a minimum of a $1,500 dollars for prostate cancer, a disease that affects us all whether directly or indirectly. It is our belief that $1,500 is a very attainable amount; it breaks down to each chapter member collecting donations of five dollars. In addition, we look to raise awareness of the cause through our mustaches, and build inter-fraternal relations by a little friendly competition! It is our sincere hope that you will support us in our quest to grow awesome mustaches and enhance prostate cancer awareness!
To Donate to our team please visit: https://www.movember.com/us/donate/your-details/team_id/237498
Congratulations to the men of the Interfraternity Council on a successful fall formal recruitment period! The executive council and four member chapters worked hard this year to implement new recruitment initiatives including a social media campaign, a direct mail campaign, redesigned orientation events, and improved face-to-face recruitment methods. These enhancements resulted in one of the community’s largest classes to date!
As an IFC community, the men handed out 112 bids and received 55 acceptances. Both of these numbers are a 50% increase from the same time period in 2010. The men are looking forward to continued growth as they implement their new continuous open bidding policy and welcome a new chapter on campus this spring.
Information for Your Final Week of Rush
As we are entering our last week of Greek Rush, we just wanted to remind everyone of a few things and give you some helpful information. This last week will consist of formal smokers, bid hand out and bid acceptance. This will mean having to make some decisions, which can be an exciting time for all of you!
Fraternity smokers are this week Monday-Wednesday. A smoker is a formal rush event that acts as a question/answer session for you to get any final question marks cleared up before making your final decision as to what group you would like to join. Each fraternity has a separate time so that you can attend all of those that you may be thinking about and can help form your opinion as to which group you would like to join.
Thursday night of this week is when bids will go out. A bid is a formal invitation stating that a prospective fraternity has taken interest in you and would like you to join their organization. Once you have been given a bid, you can either choose to accept or deny the invitation. You can only accept one bid if you have been given multiple since you can only join one fraternity.
Friday and Saturday will be bid acceptance in the McIntosh Center outside of the cafeteria. There will be a table where you will sign a paper for the school saying that you are joining a social fraternity and which one you intend to join so the school can put you on their rosters. After completing this step, you will begin the pledging/new member education period where the prospective fraternity you have chosen to join will take you through their organization history and what they do as a group.
I hope you all find this time of year as exciting as we do! Joining a Greek organization will provide you with so many opportunities to shape yourself as a leader and a professional. The friendships and experiences you will encounter will be unsurpassed from any other group you could join in your time at Ohio Northern.
Anthony Fritz, firstname.lastname@example.org, IFC VP of Recruitment
People join Greek Life for a variety of reasons. The most obvious reason is for the social aspect. Not only do you make friends with the people in your chapter, but you will find out how interconnected the entire Greek Community is. Chapters have socials, attend campus events, and compete against one another. Some of the most notable Greek Community events are Greekapalooza and Greek Olympics.
Other benefits that Greek life can offer are networking and leadership roles. Each chapter of the Greek Community has an alumni base that is active in coming back for events that the chapter holds as well as Homecoming. This is a great opportunity to meet alumni in the same field you are pursuing. Networking with alumni from your chapter opens the door to internships and job opportunities. Greek Life is also a great way to take on leadership roles. Today, companies are not always looking for what your grades were in college, but rather how you were involved on campus. Holding leadership roles will show that you have developed communication and decision-making skills. These are important for employers and the leadership roles in Greek Life can help you master them.
Without Greek Life, I know my college experience wouldn’t be the same. I have met numerous alumni and have refined the skills needed to excel in the real world through the leadership roles I have taken on in my time in not only my chapter but the Greek Community as well. I encourage you to have an open mind and check out what Greek Life can do for you.
Be more. Be Greek!
Interfraternity Council President