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What Greeks Do Best


This past week on the University of Tennessee's campus was the annual Greek Week: an entire week dedicated to Greek organizations on campus.The week is made up of different events that bring the whole Greek community together for a great cause.The theme was a Jimmy Buffet - a Margaritaville feel with "Just Another Week in Paradise" as the quote on the T-shirt. Each team included a Pan sorority, an IFC fraternity and a multicultural chapter. Also, to go along with the theme, each team name was island-related like Team Bahamas or Team Laguna Beach. 
Throughout the week from April 5-11, the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build was happening just off campus. Panhellenic Council and IFC teamed up to build one house all on our own. Each team had a time frame during the week where they could go to the site and help build the house. Sorority girls with power tools? Sounds scary right? 
Well it was actually one of the most fun events of the week for me!
The rest of the week included a volleyball tournament on Fraternity row. Each team had three girls and three guys and it took almost all day on the second day of the week to get through the bracket that included all the teams. There was also a percentage night at Zaxby's, an all Greek photo opportunity in Neyland Stadium, an all Greek worship held by The Cross, and one of the largest cookouts I have ever seen. The line for food was wrapped around FIJI island! During the cookout, there was a very fitting Jimmy Buffet style band playing island tunes while all the chapters mixed and mingled. 

Being a junior, this was my third Greek week and every year when it ends my heart is just so full with love of my fellow Greek brothers and sisters. The week is about every chapter, no matter the council, coming together for the greater good. Unlike Homecoming or Carnicus or other competitions Greeks participate in, this one is not rooted in rivalries. Instead, it's just a time that we can all get together, have some fun and do some good. 

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