Greekfest offers a way for students to interact with others on campus

Greekfest hits campus, students energized for events

Photo by Josh Navarro.

Fraternity & Sorority Life, part of the newly formed Office of Civic Engagement and Diversity, sponsored Greekfest Tuesday evening to give new and returning students the chance to catch up with old friends and meet new people.

For many, the reason for attending was simply that.

“I’m a freshman… I want to meet new people,” said Chynna Reed, a new student from Wyoming. “All of my parents and grandparents were involved in fraternities and sororities. It’s a tradition.”

Greekfest hits campus, students energized for events

Photo by Josh Navarro.

“[Greekfest] is a precursor to Premier [UNLV],” said Carrie Sullivan, senator for the college of urban affairs. “Its purpose is [for fraternities and sororities] to introduce who and what they are in an informal setting, different than tabling.”

The event included free prizes, live music and live dancers. The Catholic Newman Center Band performed covers of popular songs from The Fray’s “You Found Me” to The Beatles’ “Let It Be.”

Raffle drawings awarded prizes ranging from free movie tickets to Starbucks and iTunes gift cards donated by campus fraternities and sororities. Free test preparation from Kaplan was the grand prize, valued at more than $2,000.

Jordan Fischette, program assistant for Fraternity & Sorority Life, explained that the event was not solely intended to advertise Greek life on campus.

“Honestly, the whole point is [for all students] to have fun and meet new people,” Fischette said. “We’re not trying to shove fraternities and sororities down anyone’s throats.”

Greekfest brought new traditions to UNLV this year and was unique compared to other welcome events held in the past.

“In the past, we’ve always done a welcome event,” said Jeanine Menolascino, graduate assistant for Fraternity & Sorority Life. “Last year we held an ice cream social.

This year we wanted to do something different, so we decided to provide live entertainment.”

UNLV houses 18 fraternities and 11 sororities. More information will available at booths around campus in coming weeks.

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