The Greek Council will host a carnival and tailgate at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, on Prassel Lawn. The event is three hours before kickoff of the first game of the season for the Trinity football team.
â€œGreek Council is wanting to do some unity events this year,â€ said Briana McGlamory, coordinator of fraternity and sorority life. â€œWe really want to bring the community together and bring people into events so they see the positive side of Greek Council and Greek life in general.â€
In previous years, the Big Six organizationsâ€”Greek Council, Trinity Diversity Connection, Trinity University Volunteer Action Committee, Student Government Association, Student Programming Board and Student Ambassadorsâ€”have tried to co-host a carnival, but it has not been very successful, according to McGlamory.
â€œLast semester we saw that there was an opportunity to take over the Big Six carnival,â€ said John Pederson, Greek Council co-chair. â€œWe are also trying to steer Greek council towards our four guiding principlesâ€”leadership, camaraderie, scholarship and philanthropyâ€”and we have already expressed the other three but we felt like we were missing camaraderie.â€
The camaraderie is not just among the Greek organizations, but also between the Greek and non-Greek populations as well.
â€œWe want to have the big unity with our community as a whole,â€ said Angel Bottera, Greek Council co-chair. â€œThis Greek carnival isnâ€™t just for Greeks. It is put on by Greeks, but itâ€™s for the community as a whole.â€
This year, the Greek Council is the sole funder of the event. â€œI want to have high hopes,â€ McGlamory said. â€œI want to be supportive of the students and try to get them to take charge.â€
â€œI think because itâ€™s run by students and facilitated by students there will be a bigger turnout,â€ Bottera said. â€œI feel like the Big Six was a great idea . . . however, just advertisement and word of mouth among the Greek community has gotten the word out better.â€
There are 10 to 12 booths overall. The 15 Greek organizations will each host a booth and some groups will pair up for the bigger stations.
These include a dunk tank, a pie-in-the-face event, water balloon toss, inflatables, snow cones, cotton candy, football toss, sumo wrestling, a balloon dart paint wall and trashcan pong.
There is also speculation of an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge station where students can partake in the challenge with the help of the Greeks, according to Pederson.
With the new tailgating policy now in place, this year students who are 21 and over can consume alcohol at the event. Alcohol will not be provided at the event but students are allowed to bring their own should they wish. TUPD, faculty and administrators will be present to help enforce the 21-and-over policy, according to Bottera.
â€œWe want to see people out there being responsible with the new tailgating policy,â€ Pederson said. Â Â Â â€œIt has never really been tested, but weâ€™re hoping that this is a model for responsible alcohol consumption and not something that the Greek community abuses.â€
Although the Greek Council is hosting the carnival and tailgate, it is not a recruitment event. It is an event for the student body to see what they can do to be social and how they can get involved on campus, according to McGlamory.
â€œRecruitment does not start until Oct. 12 so this is not a â€˜come hang out with the XYZ fraternity as they host the X event,â€™â€ McGlamory said. â€œIt is â€˜this is Greek life and what you could be a part of.â€™â€
The primary goal is not to get recognition of the individual fraternities and sororities, but to showcase Greek life as a whole.
â€œWe want people to get acclimated and so right now itâ€™s â€˜Go Greek,â€™â€ McGlamory said. â€œThatâ€™s the mindset everyone should be in. Go Greek: Go check it out.â€