After reading the title to this article you may be wondering to yourself: Why would I care about the people in some southeastern European country? Well, you’re in luck because I’m an engineer and there is no applicable mathematical formula for me to understand anything about that. Instead I’ll talk about something else I’m involved with: Greek life at the U of A.
So you’re probably asking yourself now what do you mean by Greek life, Braiden?
Do you mean people that walk around on campus in togas all day? Wear those weird leaf things on their heads? Sandals, chariots, and sweet, sweet baklava? Well, you’re in for a treat. (And not baklava. It’s all mine)
I’m talking about the sororities and fraternities that exist on the University of Alberta campus. Yeah, you heard me right. The U of A among many other university campuses across Canada has a thriving Greek system. Just how thriving, you may ask? Well, does more than 500 people in 10 Men’s Fraternities, 5 Women’s Fraternities and 1 Sorority sound like a lot to you?
Wait a second… I bet you thought there were only Fraternities for men and Sororities for women? And I bet you’re wondering what’s the deal with all these Greek letters on shirts you see?
(There definitely isn’t an Upsilon Phi Gamma Phi Fraternity.)
Well! The men’s fraternities on campus are:
Delta Chi (ΔΧ)
Delta Upsilon (ΔΥ)
Kappa Sigma (ΚΣ)
Lambda Chi Alpha (ΛΧΑ)
Phi Delta Theta (ΦΔΘ)
Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI)
Pi Kappa Alpha (ΠΚΑ)
Theta Chi (ΘΧ)
Zeta Psi (ΖΨ)
Alpha Gamma Delta (ΑΓΔ)
*Alpha Psi (ΑΨ)
Delta Gamma (ΔΓ)
Kappa Alpha Theta (ΚΑΘ)
Pi Beta Phi (ΠΒΦ)
*Alpha Psi is the only sorority on campus.
So… We have the names down, but what do people in a Greek society even do and more so, who makes the rules?
When you’re in ski club: You ski. You party. You ski. Repeat.
In a Fraternity or sorority there is no set formula for what you do. You meet people, make connections, play sports, learn social skills, life skills, study, party, make close friends and more. It’s a do-everything student group; you make it whatever you want.
(Yes, a socially awkward engineer like me can learn social skills!)
And where is the Toga kegger with a side of paddling at?
There are strict rules and regulations to be followed to prevent risky behavior, hazing, and improper operation.
All Greek houses have a set of rules, risk management manuals, Proper practice guides etc. written by their international organization, national organization or local founders. Then on top of that, each Greek house has membership in either PanHellenic Council or Interfraternity Council at the U of A which upholds them to more rules written in their bylaws. Then, chapters have their own bylaws written by their members. So International->U of A->Local
(Many Greek houses even have alcohol free housing!)
That’s a lot of words.
Tl;dr Rules happen, international and the bureaucracy lays down the law.
Alright so we have all the basics down. There will be a test later.
Speaking of tests, midterm season is among us and there is nothing Greeks do better than study! Order of Omega holds a study night for members of the Greek system every Tuesday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in law 113. (Order of Omega is a Greek organization that any University of Alberta Greek upholding certain academic standards can join.)
But all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy right? Good thing some U of A students got the chance to toss the old pigskin around this weekend! On Saturday Kappa Alpha Theta had an event known as Flapjacks and Quarterbacks. This is basically a football tournament with a pancake and sausage breakfast open to anyone at the U of A. The registration fees and donations went to the ABC head start Charity. Kappa Alpha Theta managed to raise over 2000 Dollars and Theta Chi’s team won!
Unfortunately I can never win carnival games because of those shifty carnies. Alpha Psi had their annual Games for Wishes last week on Thursday with carnival games, delicious baked goods and prizes! And the games weren’t even rigged!
Let’s hope that Delta Gamma’s Anchor splash isn’t rigged next week though. Starting October 22 A variety of events will be going on throughout the week where each chapter tries to gain the most points in different events to try and win Anchor Splash. Starting with the president’s serenade on Monday each chapter will sing to the president of Delta Gamma in hopes to win her over and get a point. On Tuesday the beautiful eye booth will be held where each chapter picks a person with the most beautiful eyes which is then voted on by everyone; the eyes with the most votes wins a point for that chapter. On Wednesday there’s a soup labels drive. So many labels collected. Nuff said. Spirit day is on Thursday where each chapter creates posters for Anchor Splash. On Friday, there’s a silent auction and delicious baked goods. (Greek women make the best food ever…). Last but not least Anchor splash is on Saturday. Anchor Splash, the final event, is a pool-based event. Relays, opening ceremonies, and the famed synchronized swimming competition because we all know fraternity boys are the best at synchro.
For more information, the Facebook event can be found here:
(Let’s hope we look this good while synchro-ing)
On Monday night Alpha Gamma Delta had their open house and next week on Monday October 29 Pi Beta Phi is having an open house.
Finally if you’re interested in Greek life, sororities and fraternities or have a question/topic you’d like me to cover, drop me an email at “firstname.lastname@example.org”
(If I missed a past/future event leave it in the comments or email and it will be mentioned in the next issue.)