Delta Gamma, Sigma Chi win Greek Week



Lee Betancourt

Sigma Chi fraternity and Delta Gamma sorority were named winners of the University’s annual Greek Week at the Greek Week formal Friday. This is the third straight win for both Sigma Chi and Delta Gamma.

In addition to the athletic competitions, Skit Night and trivia competitions, the week raises funds for anti-hunger organizations. Profits from skit night, funds from the Philadelphia Walk for Hunger and cans donated in the Can Castle fundraiser all contributed to these efforts.

Skit Night alone raised around $2,000, said JC Stellakis, Greek Week chair for Order of Omega.

Stellakis also said that the competition was close, with only two points separating first place fraternity Sigma Chi from second place fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon. Kappa Delta was the second-place sorority, four points behind Delta Gamma. Stellakis said that since each individual event is based on a scale of 17 points, this difference is minimal.

Both Delta Gamma and Sigma Chi singled out skit night as a memorable moment for the week. Delta Gamma, along with Alpha Chi Omega, took first place in Skit Night among sororities, while Sigma Chi took third place.

“It’s amazing to see how many great dancers there are in the sororities, but the fraternities never cease to provide us all with comic relief,” Delta Gamma president Lauren Saltzburg said. “Most girls are convinced frats care just as much as sororities do about Skit Night.”

Saltzburg also wanted to dispel rumors about Delta Gamma’s Skit Night success.

“To people’s dismay, the rumors are not true – Delta Gamma does not hire a choreographer,” she said.

Ryan Bendinelli, public relations chair for Sigma Chi, said that his fraternity’s best moment was bringing a live chicken on stage during their skit, even though they did not win first place in this event.

“The competition was rough,” he said. “Phi Sig’s skit was absolutely hilarious.”

Tug of war is another highlight of Greek Week, Stellakis said. Along with Skit Night and football, it generates the most attention from the non-Greek community.

“It’s intense,” he said. “My roommate had bruises and couldn’t walk. He’s still sore.”

Despite the appeal of certain events to non-Greek Villanovans, Saltzburg felt that non-Greek students didn’t have as much of a presence.

“I was disappointed at the lack of attendance and interest from the rest of the student body,” she said.

Still, Saltzburg, Bendinelli and Stellakis agreed that competition was fierce.

“I think Greek Week this year generated a lot more interest within each Greek organization,” Saltzburg said. “I think each year the participation among each Greek organization has gotten much greater, which makes the competition much better.”