Grab your festival gear because the UCF Greek Council will be hosting its music festival inspired Greek Week from April 4 to April 8.
UCF’s Greek Council is the governing body over the four different Greek councils on campus. The week is put together by its executive board, which includes Jordan Kuveke, the president, and Tyler Hayward, the vice president of programming.
“The purpose of Greek Week is to unite the four different Greek councils and the organizations within them,” Kuveke said. “It gives people the opportunity to work with people they don’t work with every day and to expand their resources and network pool.”
The Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Diversified Greek Council and Panhellenic Council will all be participating, as well as all of UCF’s 48 chapters of Greek Life.
“We’re trying to promote friendly competition to encourage the Greek community to come together,” Kuveke said.
Each day of the week features a different event named after various music festivals, which Kuveke says everyone will like.
“The 48 chapters are placed into teams and each team participates in the five events to gain points,” Hayward said.
Monday is Greekaroo, which is a service learning event.
“We will be partnering with A Million Thanks to create cards for military heroes, Paint the Caps to provide pediatric cancer patients with hand-decorated hats, Pet Rescue by Judy to provide rescued pets with interaction and affection and Knights helping Knights Pantry to clip coupons for students to use at grocery stores,” Hayward said.
On Monday, Greek organizations will also learn about the It’s On Us campaign and pledge to help stop sexual assault, Kuveke said.
Tuesday’s event is entitled Made in UCF. It will consist of a tailgate at Burger U, followed by watching the UCF baseball game against Florida Atlantic University, Hayward explained.
Wednesday’s event is named HoopChella, and is a basketball game at the Hercules courts. There will also be a DGC and NPHC stroll show, Kuveke said.
“Thursday is the Ultra Plaza Party, which is a partial proceeds benefiting Greek Council to provide programming to the Greek community,” Hayward said.
The event will take place at Blaze Pizza from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Bento from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Spoleto from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The week culminates on Friday with the Tortuga Greek Festival, located outside of the Recreation and Wellness Center. The teams will compete in a variety of games to earn points — the team with the most points is declared the winner of Greek Week.
“At the end of this event, the points will be tallied and the winners of Greek Week will be announced,” Hayward said.
Hayward said he has high hopes for this year’s Greek Week.
“I am hoping to build a bigger Greek Week that will draw more participation from the community,” he said. “I would like to eventually see a Greek Week where all 4,000 Greek students are involved. I want it to become as big at UCF as it is at other universities.”
Isabelle D'Antonio is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.