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‘No Matter The Letter, Greeks Do it Better!’: Greek Week Wraps Up

Tanya Crump, Staff Writer

This past week, all of the Greek organizations at Wingate University gathered together to celebrate Greek week. Greek week is an annual event on campus where the organizations get together and compete in events to win a trophy and a winning title.

The first events began Tuesday around 5pm. Organizations presented their tokens they crafted while dressing in 70’s themed clothing. These tokens made up of a album cover and record decorated by each organization. Chi Omega took the win for the Token making.

Shortly after, the next event took place, which was the cardboard boat races. Each organization had only 30 minutes to build a boat using just two pool noodles, Cardboard, and Duct Tape. Sadly, only 1 boat made it to the end.

Chi Omega had the fastest time and walked away with two wins. Wednesdays events was a Trivia match and the theme was 50’s attire. Chi Omega won with Pi Kappa Phi following behind them.

Thursday was many people’s favorite event, The annual Variety Show. Each organization was paired with another and they had to prepare 15 minutes of dancing under several guidelines.

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Tri Sigma and Kappa Alpha Order getting ready to perform their Variety Show Routine

Alpha Xi Delta and Alpha Omicron Pi came up with a catchy dance to some of their favorite songs from the decades. Chi Omega and Pi Kappa Phi wowed the crowd with some intense dance moves and a stunt that left the crowd going wild.

Lastly the sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma and the brothers of Kappa Alpha Order performed a creative routine where they traveled through TV land dancing to all of their favorite television hits.  The results came in and Tri Sigma and Kappa Alpha Order took the win with their routine.

Fridays event was the Window Painting contest in front of Starbucks, The winners were Alpha Xi Delta, second Chi Omega, and third Alpha Omicron Pi.

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Chi Omega-Greek Week Champions

Finally, on Saturday all of the organizations gathered at Campus Lake to finish off with several minutes-to-win-it games. After the games, the Greek Week Champion was announced. This years’s winner was the sisters of Chi Omega!

These girls were so happy to win again! I asked senior, Mackenzie Ponds, memeber of Chi Omega, how she felt when they announced her chapter had won. She said “I was very proud and excited for our chapter. This was my third time winning in my four years on campus. It gets more exciting every year to find out who will win. We put in a lot of work for greek week and hearing that we won is always a great feeling”.

The organizations then took a special moment to recognize Diana Coyle for all of her hard work and sending her farewells after working with Wingate Greek Life for the past 8 years. Everyone gathered in a circle while the sisters of Chi Omega sang their farewell song “shades”, since Diana is a former Chi Omega.

I was able to get an interview with her and asked what she loved most about Greek Week and what she would miss most about Wingate Greek life Community. She said “This year’s closing ceremony for Greek Week will go down as one of my fondest memories.  Seeing the community all come together to celebrate as I prepare for my next big step in my career was bittersweet.  I will remember the laughs of the minute-to-win-it games and the enjoyment of free food from Two Chicks and a Truck, I will even recall the misty rain that was taking place during the event.  As a Chi Omega, having my sisters sing our special song, Shades, to me was the icing on the cake. As my final Greek Week at Wingate came to a close, I definitely realized it would be my favorite one to date.”

Diana said she would miss the family aspect of what Greek Life is, she came from a chapter with 100+ members so working with the small chapters here at Wingate helped to create a closer bond.

Diana gave some great advice, she says “As a sorority women, I continue to be amazed by what the connection of sorority life has offered me. Being able to build off that common life connection is magical, I love being able to share that network with collegiate women and the 80-year-old woman in the airport that is wearing her sorority letters.  I encourage all members to hold their membership close to their heart, and to be grateful for all it provides to you.”

I also had the opportunity to talk to several members from other organizations to get their favorite memories from Greek week. Overall everyone had a great time getting to know other organizations better than they did when the week started. This years Greek week, was one for the books!

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“I think my favorite memory is the variety show, because it was so much fun dancing and learning the routines with everyone. I also love how we came together as a community here at Wingate.” – Mckelvey Stone (Kappa Alpha Order) Freshman.

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“My favorite part of Greek Week is the spirit aspect! I loved being able to dress up in decades themes with all of my sisters. It was fun to see the creativeness of what people wore, and how they used our themes of the 50’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s to show off their personal style and creativeness!” –Amanda Alling (Chi Omega) Senior.

Edited by: Brea Childs

Greek life springs into second semester with more recruitment events

Caitlin Bailey, Staff Writer

Why Spring Recruitment? Bryon Ecker, a brother of Kappa Alpha, went through Spring Recruitment last year. He has a special perspective on the process this year. He says, “Spring Recruitment can be an untapped market because you’ve got freshman coming in the fall who said no to Greek life but regretted it, or you have people who transfer in.”

Unlike last year,  all four sororities of the National Panhellenic Conference on campus had recruitment events this year. Pi Kappa Phi and KA also held events. Needless to say, Greek life is expanding on campus for 2018.

The first event for Wingate’s Greek life was on Jan. 16th. It was an IFC Info Night Dinner at Laverne where potential new members could meet both fraternities.

The next day on Jan. 17th, Pi Kapp held a dodgeball tournament in McGee. KA had a video game night on the 18th in the DPC. Some of the games they played were Call of Duty and Mario Kart.

Pi Kapp also had a video game night but in their apartment on the 22nd, and they played Call of Duty as well, along with other games. On Jan. 23, KA played capture the flag and football at Campus Lake. On Jan. 24, Pi Kapp had volleyball game planned but due to weather changed it to basketball in McGee.

KA ended their events with a bonfire at Campus Lake on Jan. 25, where they had hamburgers and hotdogs and a bid dinner on the 30th. According to Bryon, KA should know who their bids are on Feb. 5th. After Pi Kapp has their bid dinner, they will vote on who they want to give bids to.

The first event for the sororities was Alpha Xi Delta’s Sip & See on Jan. 18. It was originally scheduled to be in the Fellowship Hall but was moved to Hayes 209 due to weather.

Alpha Omicron Pi had the next event which was on Jan. 24. It was a spa night. Chloe Wellins, a sister of AOPi, said “We talked with the girls, showed our sisterhood video, and sisters talked about their experience in Greek life.” They also had desserts. AOPi gave out four bids on Jan. 29 and will be giving two more out.

Chi Omega had Coffee with the Chi O’s on Jan. 29 in Hayes 113.

The last event was Sigma Simga Sigma’s Donut You Want to be a Sigma. Tri Sigma’s Recruitment Director Kaley Geer said, “I’m very proud of our chapter for putting on a successful recruitment event and can’t wait to welcome our new sisters!” Tri Sigma will hold another recruitment event on Feb. 9.

Wingate’s Greek life definitely stepped up this spring semester and showed potential new members what it has to offer. New members got to see what each organization had to offer in a more relaxed setting than Fall Recruitment. Each new member will add something special to each organization. The future of Greek life at Wingate looks bright.

Edited by: Brea Childs

Student Spotlight: Mackenzie Green urges students to never give up and never back down

Aleah Cady, Staff Writer

Mackenzie Green is a first-year student at Wingate University, from Asheville, North Carolina, a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, and is majoring in human services. She loves her sorority, spending time with friends, and helping others.

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Photo by Mackenzie Green

She also was born with a genetic disorder called Osteogenesis imperfecta, an extremely rare condition which causes the bones to be brittle and break easily. Osteogenesis imperfecta has caused Mackenzie to have to use a wheelchair for most of her life.

As a baby, Mackenzie’s mother suspected that something was wrong. When Mackenzie’s legs were curled up or bended, it caused her great pain. Her mother took her to the doctor, originally believing that Mackenzie may have a form of dwarfism.

However, after testing, it was found that Mackenzie had a genetic disorder. As a result of Osteogenesis imperfecta, Mackenzie had broken ribs and legs when she was born, and has broken over 100 bones in her life. She has also had twenty-one surgeries, and has another one coming up in December.

“Middle and high school were really hard, I had a hard time making friends and I often felt judged.” Mackenzie said. “People look at you differently.” However, she said that college has been different, and an eye-opening experience for her.“I joined Alpha Omicron Pi and I really love the relationship I have with my sisters. I’ve made a lot of great friends.”

Although she was not able to play most sports in high school, Mackenzie was a cheerleader and this was something that impacted her outlook on life. “I love to make people smile, and inspire them to do anything they put their mind to.”

Mackenzie wanted to give special thanks to her best friend in college, Madison Oak. “She’s been through so much with me and I’ve never had a friend like her before. She’s always there to help and I know I can always depend on her.”

“Mackenzie is one of the most hardworking and persistent people I know.” Madison said. “She has an absolute heart of gold and always goes above and beyond for everyone else, which truly says a lot about her character.”

Madison Laney, who serves as Mackenzie’s ‘big sister’ in their sorority, also spoke to me about her friendship with Mackenzie. “From the moment she joined Alpha Omicron Pi, I knew that I wanted her as my little. She has the brightest personality and outlook on life.”

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Photo by Mackenzie Green

Another experience that really impacted Mackenzie since the start of college was a generous action from the members of Kappa Alpha Order, a fraternity whose philanthropy is the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In October, the boys from K.A. built Mackenzie a ramp to give her easier access to the on-campus apartments. “It was so eye opening and it really helped to accommodate me. It touched me and my family’s hearts that someone would do something so nice for me.”

One night at a Halloween mixer held at a haunted trail, Mackenzie was faced with being somewhere that was not handicap accessible. “I went through two ticket booths and paid money to go through the trail. I was in the trail with my sisters, and the owner came up and shined a flashlight in my face, asking to escort me out. I was told I would receive a refund, but it was still disappointing.”

A member of K.A, Gage Sumrall, approached Mackenzie and the owner to ask what was going on; he quickly defended Mackenzie and tried to find a solution. “Gage took up for me and it really meant a lot.” Mackenzie also would like to thank Domenico Napolitano for helping with her ramp. “They have been so kind to me.” she said.

“She’s so caring, friendly, and joyful. She’s always fun to be around and she’ll do whatever she can to make someone happy.” Gage Sumrall said about Mackenzie.

When she’s not participating in sorority events or spending time with friends, Mackenzie is working hard for her major, human services. Her career goal is to become a D.S.S. social worker. “I just want to give back to children. I love kids.”

She also participates in Delight Ministries, and is very strong in her faith. “Religion has helped me a lot with what I go through. I’m very faithful, even though I had a hard childhood, breaking bone after bone, God always kept me going.”

“I do have an I.E.P, which is an Individualized Education Program.” Mackenzie said, speaking about her experience at college. “My teachers know I have a chronic disability. The I.E.P. gives me extra time to do my work and get to class, but I normally don’t depend on it. I use a schedule to plan my day and I always leave 15 minutes early for class. My wheelchair is electric, and I always want to be prepared just in case. I have a pretty easy time getting around campus. The only building I struggle to get to is Burris. The doors are big and heavy, so I have to go in the back way. But I’ve learned to work around things, everywhere else I can access easily.”

“People think that just because I’m in a wheelchair, I can’t do things.” Mackenzie said. “I drive, I get myself to class, I am completely independent and do things on my own. The only thing I can’t do is walk. People are often mistaken and think that I’m paralyzed. They don’t understand my disorder and that it can happen to anyone. I am capable of anything.”

One problem Mackenzie mentioned is that she worries about finding a job. “I don’t think people understand how capable I am and how much my wheelchair allows me to move. I definitely worry about finding a job in the future, and I wish more people understood that.”

I asked Mackenzie what changes she wanted to see in the world. She said she wants to live in a world where there is no more hurt, and where people with her condition don’t have to experience so much pain. She also wants to be able to not feel judged, and for people to have a better understanding of wheelchair users, and their capabilities.

Mackenzie wants people to know that no matter what struggles they go through, they should keep their head up, and never give up. “There’s some days I don’t want to get up out of bed, but I get past it. I live by the saying ‘Never give up, never back down’. You’re going to have struggles in a wheelchair. You have to keep faith in confidence to get you through it.”

Edited by: Brea Childs

Photo or Photos submitted by Mackenzie Green