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Greeks at their Peaks

Organizations pull out all the tricks at the Olympics

By Michael Tomasino
On April 16, 2012

Greeks forever parade around campus representing their organizations -- the colors they bleed. Kean University takes great pride in its fraternities and sororities, doing everything possible to highlight their involvement on and off of campus. What better way to prove that an individual's organization is the cream of the crop, then by dominating the competition in a wide array of sporting events, intellectual competitions, and talent-based contests? Luckily, Kean University provides these organizations with the opportunity to prove their superiority, all while boosting moral amongst all brothers and sisters -- regardless of their affiliation.


The Greek Olympics were held from March 27 until April 10, 2012. During this time nine organizations (five fraternities and four sororities) tried to go for the gold and take the crowns and bragging rights that accompany being the champions of the Greek Olympics. The third place fraternity and sorority were Sigma Beta Tau (43 points) and Nu Sigma Tau (49 points), respectively. The silver medalists were Nu Delta Pi (56 points) and Omega Sigma Psi Sorority Incorporated (60 points). But those who lifted the gold were Sigma Theta Chi (61 points) and Theta Phi Alpha (80 points). Other participants included Tau Kappa Epsilon, Nu Sigma Phi, and Delta Phi Epsilon.


Each team participated in thirteen events. The winning teams received 8 points, second place received 5 points, and third place, three. The Greek Olympics have become synonymous with six events in particular. Two sororities swept the field -- placing first in each of these events. Omega Sigma Psi took first place in the dodgeball and basketball tournaments. However, they were out achieved by Theta Phi Alpha whom stole the gold in four categories: goofy events, Greek Sing, Greek God and goddess, and the volleyball tournament.


Unlike the ladies' field which saw the victory of the most honorable competitions taken by two groups, the fraternities' most notable triumphs were split amongst four organizations respectively. The overall victors, Sigma Theta Chi, found gold on the basketball courts; while overall runners-up Nu Delta Pi established bragging rights for three competitions -- volleyball, Greek sing, and Greek God and goddess. However, Sigma Beta Tau's brothers were the kings of dodgeball; and Tau Kappa Epsilon hoisted the goofy games trophy after an impressive performance in the tug-o-war.


In addition to the six above events, a plethora of other competitions took place. They are as follows: Sing 2 Save, Wii sports -- boxing, Wii sports -- Tennis, ping pong, billiards, and the co-ed kickball tournament. Even non-Greeks got into the spirit of things. Senior biology major Natalie Bujalski stated: "It's nice to see so many people taking part. I wish students were this involved everyday -- it really boost school spirit." Gregory Spath senior criminal justice major stated: "Watching the Greeks compete is entertaining. Seeing so many kids [contribute] showed me how passionate we are about student life at Kean."


Though non-Greeks enjoyed the experience immensely, those who had the best time were members of the championship fraternity and sorority. Senior business and economics double major Victor Olivera, a member of Sigma Theta Chi, asserted "this year's Olympics were an experience that I'll remember for the rest of my life. It means a lot to have my fraternity win during my senior year."


The 2012 Greek Olympics was an experience that brought about a sense of community seldom present on college campuses. All of those whom participated gave 100 percent -- representing his or her organization in a manner that made Greek affiliates across the nation proud. Without a doubt, the winning fraternity and sorority are already practicing for next year's title defense.


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