Greekapalooza: Party for a Cause

OU Greeks come together to support The DRCC

Oglethorpe University’s chapter of Chi Phi fraternity raised more than $600 to benefit the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center at their annual charity event, Greekapalooza, on Friday, September 14.

Donations increased almost 100% over last year’s event, in part because Chi Phi offered a free benefit show played by local musicians, the Critty Upchurch Band, who played covers of popular songs at the Greek Row block party.

Edmund Smith, a sophomore brother of Chi Phi, says that donating to support the cause is important, but the bigger goal was to raise awareness for the DRCC. “Though we hope OU students never need it, we want people to know that there is a place they can go for help.”

OU Greeks watch the Critty Upchurch Band at Greekapalooza.

Not only did Greekapalooza raise money to help the victims of rape and sexual violence, it was also the first event of OU’s Fall 2012 Greek Recruitment/Rush. All of the Greek organizations at Oglethorpe attended to show support and to meet potential pledges.

“Greekapalooza is basically a great way for OU’s Greek organizations to come together, fraternize, and unite behind a great cause,” said Chelsea Reed ’13.  “It is the perfect kickoff for recruitment because it shows that Oglethorpe Greeks value community and philanthropy—both on campus and beyond.”

Photos by Robert Findley.

Greek Affairs Welcomes Two New Organizations

The Office of Greek Affairs is excited to announce the expansion of Oglethorpe University’s Greek community. Two new organizations (Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Epsilon Iota Psi Local Sorority) join our five existing organizations (Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, Chi Omega Fraternity, Chi Phi Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority). Both of the endeavors to bring these organizations to campus have been supported by the Office of Greek Affairs, Department of Campus Life and the Office of the President.

Oglethorpe's Kappa Sigma Fraternity

After a year of being an active member of our fraternity community Kappa Sigma officially became our third fraternity on April 21, 2012. This endeavor was lead by 34 men who will have the honor of being known as the founding fathers of the Sigma Beta chapter of Kappa Sigma on our campus.

Oglethorpe's Epsilon Iota Psi Sorority

During the 2011-12 academic year, several women worked together to form Oglethorpe University’s first African American local sorority, Epsilon Iota Psi (Ei Psi). On April 25, 2012, 22 women became the founding sisters of this sorority. This endeavor to  create a new sorority has been a rewarding experience for these women and has allowed our sorority community to grow and continue to thrive.

If you have any questions about Oglethorpe’s vibrant Greek community or how to join any of our Greek organizations on campus, please contact me at or at 404-364-8383.

Go Greek at Oglethorpe!

Bre Berris is the Assistant Director of Residence Life and Greek Affairs at Oglethorpe.

Greetings OU Students!  As the Fall semester continues and many of you are searching for organizations to join, I would like to invite you to consider becoming a member of a sorority or fraternity. Greek membership provides you with the opportunity to develop valuable leadership skills, pursue academic excellence, serve the Oglethorpe and Atlanta communities, enjoy social activities and make lasting friendships that will be treasured forever.

Scholarship is the most important aspect of college life, so naturally it is first in Greek life. I am extremely proud of our Greek Community, as our Greek student average is consistently higher than the overall GPA of Oglethorpe University students. Every chapter has academic help available in the way of mandatory study hours, help with professors and courses and more.

Membership in a Greek organization will give you the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities including Greek Week, socials, mixers and community service and philanthropy projects. Offices and chairmanships of committees within the chapter will provide a chance for development of leadership abilities. Involvement does not stop within the chapter. On average, Greeks are involved in at least two other campus and community organizations. Every chapter at OU supports its own national philanthropic event, which is raising funds for a charity of its choice and dedicating time, as well as working with the service projects of all the other Greek organizations. Greeks are also supportive of events that occur on campus, including supporting our Stormy Petrels.

To learn more about Sorority recruitment, please join the Facebook group “Sorority Recruitment 2011.”  You can also register for Sorority recruitment online. To learn more about Fraternity rush, please like the Facebook page “Oglethorpe IFC Rush 2011.”

I encourage you to participate in recruitment and to keep an open mind. Greek life is a source of pride at OU, and every chapter has something unique to offer. Thank you again for choosing Oglethorpe and good luck! The Office of Greek Affairs looks forward to working with you in the future and is here to assist you in any way possible! If you have any questions, please contact me ( or any member of the Greek community! Looking forward to meeting you at our recruitment events.

GO GREEK…Alpha Sigma Tau, Chi Omega, Chi Phi, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Sigma Sigma!!

Photos: Fraternities and sororities participate in some friendly competition during Greek Week earlier this year. Photos by Chelsea Reed ’13.                                                                                                                                                          

Sigma Alpha Epsilon & Chi Omega Take Greek Week

The Greek Week Chariot Race was fast and furious.

Once a year, tradition beckons the Greek community to commence for a series of competitions that ends in glory (for the winners). Last week, the heated endeavor known as Greek Week brought out every sorority and fraternity chapter, each with pride in their organizations and one collective desire: to win.

Last year’s winners, Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Alpha Epsilon, emerged to defend their envied title of Greek Week Champions. Sports day kicked off the competition on Monday with ultimate Frisbee and kickball, dominated by Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Chi Omega, who also continued on to win Greek Bowl Trivia, Board Games, and Field Day. Tri Sigma and Chi Phi stepped up their game and swept the skit and singing events.

Members of Chi Omega, Tri Sigma, and Alpha Sigma Tau come together during Greek Week.

Greek Week not only provided an opportunity for some healthy competition, it also was a chance to unite with alumni, in honor of Greek custom. At the end of the week, many Greek alums arrived back on campus for the 2011 Alumni Weekend and joined in the fun. The singing competition was judged by alumni members from all three sororities and attended by many more Greek alumni.  Chi Phi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon both hosted events at their houses, where they were able to mingle with their alumni members.

Dine 'N' Dash gets messy.

The points have been tallied — and the overall champions have been announced. Congratulations to Sigma Alpha Epsilon (which successfully defended its title) and Chi Omega for prevailing!

And, for those who faced defeat… there is always the prospect of Greek Week 2012!

The tug-of-war contest could have gone either way.