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  • PSU fraternity, sorority members compete in Greek Games

  • More than 400 fraternity and sorority members flooded the Oval at Pittsburg State University Wednesday afternoon to compete in the college’s annual Greek Games.

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  • More than 400 fraternity and sorority members flooded the Oval at Pittsburg State University Wednesday afternoon to compete in the college’s annual Greek Games.
    The games are a staple of Greek Week, which the university’s three sororities and six fraternities use to promote themselves around the community. This year the Greek chapters are raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Crawford County. They also earn points for specific activities, and the top point earner is declared the winner.
    This year’s games consisted a food eating contest, musical chairs, potato sack race and tug-of-war. Last year’s event also featured tug-of-war but was a bit more adventurous, with a rock wall competition and a massive game of capture the flag.
    Turnout was high this year and in 2011 due to a new rule that requires 75 percent of chapter members to participate in order to receive points for events. Greek Week president Rheon Sanders said it’s a way for more Greek members to get to know each other and have some fun.
    “But each chapter also gets to be competitive, which a lot of us are,” Sanders said.
    Sigma Tau Gamma freshmen Jose Contreras and Kolton Cuba took second and first place respectively in the musical chairs competition. Contreras said Greek Week gives the chapters a chance to live up to their service roots.
    “A lot of times the Greek houses get away from the idea that we’re supposed to give back to the community,” said Contreras, who is studying communications. “This is a way to get us back together and do what fraternities and sororities are supposed to do.”
    Morgan Robbins, a freshman in Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, said Greek Week has given her a chance to bond with her housemates and make new friends.
    “I’ve gotten a lot closer to my sisters, and we also have better relations with the other chapters,” said Robbins who studying to teach special and regular education.
    Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority was relegated to third place in the sack race, but that didn’t bother sophomore Rachel McConnell.
    “We won the other events, so it’s OK,” said McConnell, who plans to become a physical therapist.
    McConnell said her favorite event was musical chairs.
    “It’s not something you’d normally see in competitive games in college,” she said.
    McConnell also said Greek Week and the Greek Games are important for the chapters.
    “It shows we can all get together and play together, and we can compete and be friendly,” McConnell said.

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