Photos and story by: Sarah Turner
Greek Explosion attracted hundreds of students into the Palms Quad Wednesday evening from 7- 9 p.m.
The event was hosted by Greek Life. Students were able to enjoy free food, play games, dance and learn about an array of Greek organizations.
“I am overly ecstatic about the turn out, I wasn’t even expecting half the amount of students here; it’s really exciting to see,” Berkley Henshaw, Greek Life summer intern, said.
As the event progressed more and more students were attracted to the area to take part in the party. The crowd was entertained by DJ Big Twin who played current top hits and helped end the night by playing music to support dances performed by several Greek organizations and students.
“Students can view the Greeks in a more personal and relaxed setting,” Henshaw said. “You can see Greeks on their own level as students and not necessarily Greek students.”
Event attendees brought out their inner child on the inflatables. There was also a slip and slide available; however, it received little attention due to no one bringing their swimwear.
The inflatables, as well as free prizes, were supplied by the Campus Activity Board.
Many of the organizations had displays explaining some of their national values and local traditions.
“It’s beneficial to Greeks because it is an opportunity to market themselves to the campus as a whole,” Henshaw said. “They can all come together and put on this great event, interact with each other and also be able to talk about what each organization and what each council has to offer.”
Greek Life aims to improve communications between students and themselves.
“Often times Greeks are seen as exclusive and secretive, but really they are value based organizations that want to share their purposes with others,” Erin Sylvester, assistant director for Organizational Development, said.
Although rain clouds lurked over the crowd, the rain held off until the event was over.
Greek Life also plans to host a similar event in the spring called Greek Stock. In the future, Greek Life plans to have a live band for these events.
For more information on upcoming events, contact the student life office at 229-333-5674.