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Greek and Rush Week


Pete Johnson


Greek and Rush week has proven to be a successful, interesting, and occasionally weird event at times.  Furthermore, if anyone out there likes loud obnoxious music, thundering applause, cheap and rather uncoordinated dancing, and of course the inevitable drunken lush falling off the stage, then look no further: Roanoke College Lip-syncs may be for you.

For those folks who are not quite familiar with this ethos-like event, here’s the basics.  Depending on who participates, generally Greeks, the participating group puts together a 5 to 10 minute dance routine to an amalgamation of pop songs.  The dance routines are then judged by a panel of judges, and the team with the “best” routine wins.

While there are the occasional good routines, these seem to be few and far between.  Of these occasional decent routines, I would like to congratulate Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Chi Omega for winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively.  While Delta Sigma Theta’s was my personal favorite of any of them, and I thought deserving of 1st place, the other two were quite good as well.

But more importantly than the occasional lip sync, this lip sync was the ending of a very successful Greek week, which is a segue into the ever-so-important rush week. Rush week serves as a recruitment period for prospective Greeks.    As one of the rush chairs for Pi Kappa Phi, I believe that rush week is paramount to the future of fraternities and sororities across the nation, not just at Roanoke College.

Some well-known rush events of this past week include cookouts, prospective information sessions such as the round robin, and smokers for fraternities.  As rush week comes to a close, this Friday and Saturday the campus will learn who the new Greeks will be, followed by two days of intense, loud, and apparent celebration.

Friday is girl’s bids day, and Saturday is boy’s bids day.  For those of you who have never experienced a bids day, it could be similar to going into Smaug the dragon’s lair for the first time.