CSU Students Turn Back Clock for Greek Week

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University students this week are celebrating Greek Week with a series of events and competitions.

An annual tradition for CSU’s eight sororities and eight fraternities, Greek Week this year involves new competitions, including chariot races, which begin 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, on the main campus Intramural Field along University Avenue near Clearview Circle.

“The students are building and modeling the chariots after those used in ancient Greece,” said Tinsley Hembree, director of CSU’s Greek Life and Student Engagement. “For each entry, two students will pull a chariot carrying one team member.”

In addition to the race results, each chariot will be judged for design quality.

The students kicked off Greek Week Monday with an indoor Toga Party, while sorority and fraternity teams competed in outdoors in paddle decorating and “Greek Row” building contests. The latter competition involved the building of model fraternity or sorority homes on the green space next to the campus clock tower.

The remainder of Greek Week at CSU includes the following activities that are open to the public:

• A “Greek Olympics” involving a tug-of-war and obstacle course, plus a charity dunk tank to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Intramural Field.

• Chariot races, 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Intramural Field.

• Greek Variety Show — a competition involving musical performances, skits and more, 7:30 p.m. Thursday in University Hall auditorium.

Greek Week also incorporates the Corey Smith concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. Tickets are available from the RiverCenter Box Office and the CSU Bookstore.

The celebration will close with the Greek Awards Banquet at 5 p.m. Friday in CSU’s International House and a Greek Forum at 2 p.m. Sunday on current issues related to sorority and fraternity life.

For more information, call 706-507-8013.