It may be Greek Week, but Tuesday’s events had more of a Roman feel as members of Pittsburg State University’s fraternities and sororities participated in the Red Bull Chariot Races, along with the Greek Games.
“For Greek Week, it’s really a chance to showcase the different values of Greek life,” said Meagan Smejdir, program coordinator for campus activities.
She said the week’s events included an awards ceremony Monday, Greek Games Tuesday, a fundraiser Wednesday and the Airband and Greek God and Goddess competitions on Friday.
Smejdir said the five main values held by all of the Greek chapters at PSU include brotherhood/sisterhood, scholarship, philanthropy and community service, leadership development and member development.
The activities throughout the week help reinforce these values.
During the games, chapter members showed their brotherhood and sisterhood and cheered each other on as they tossed water balloons, participated in potato sack relays and ended with a tug-of-war competition.
They the moved to the parking lot across the street for the all-new chariot race.
Smejdir said Pitt State applied for the opportunity to participate and, after a site visit, was approved.
Members of each Greek house constructed a chariot for the race, and came up with all sorts of ways to do so.
Each chariot was required to include wheels and a strut, and teams consisted of three students. Chariot bases included wooden frames, wheelbarrows and lawn mower frames, and decorative touches ranged from chapter colors to full-on themes.
Jeremy Donahue, a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, said he was the plastics engineer for his house’s chariot and used a sandwich panel that offered safety and created a lightweight carriage.
He said materials for the project were generously donated by the plastics department. However, driver Chris Griffetts and runners Jon Epps and Justin Stone added costuming and raced looking like they had stepped out of Bedrock.
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The chariot created and raced by Sigma Sigma Sigma members Kelsey Herken, Jessica Jones and Emily Journot was designed to look like a boat, one of the sorority’s symbols, which represents being faithful until death.
“We just wanted to represent our chapter,” Herken said.