Greek cry! kicks off Wednesday after a year lost due to COVID-19
Watch out for ghouls and leprechauns on the South Oval Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. as a Greek cry! kick-off.
The annual event, hosted by Sorority and Fraternity Life, the Interfraternity Council and College Mentors for Kids this year, will feature music, food and 20 events including painting, crafts and games of Carnival, Hunter Hartwig, deputy director of Sorority and Fraternity Life, mentioned.
“I love Halloween and I just love seeing our community come together through all of our different organizations and really put on an event that not only serves our campus community but also the students and kids who interact with the State of. Ohio in a fun and positive way, ”he said.
Hartwig said that since 2018 the event has transformed to incorporate working with College Mentors for Kids. He added that planning begins in the spring and collaboration with IFC begins at the start of the fall semester.
“We want to show these kids what a fun college experience can offer them,” Hartwig said. “Maybe they haven’t thought about wanting to go to college so I think it’s really good if we’re able to support this message through this organization and through our event.”
Hartwig said the event is important for fostering positive relationships between the Greek Life community – which has chapter rooms in the University Quarter – and the Columbus community.
“Maybe they only think about it on match days when the music is loud and you know people everywhere,” Hartwig said. “I think it shows in a different way that our students want to interact with the community and the neighbors and the campus community as well.”
Madelyn Predmore, president of College Mentors for Kids, said the organization works with five different elementary schools Monday through Thursday in the Columbus area, including Highland Elementary School, Linden Stem, Weinland Park Elementary, West Franklin Elementary and Hamilton Stem .
About 30 mentors and their “boyfriends” from West Franklin Elementary School will attend Greek Shriek! from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. before it opens to the public at 5:30 p.m., Predmore said.
“I think it’s really important for the kids, just because it’s something exciting, something different from our regular activities,” Predmore said. “This one is really exciting for them because they can really enjoy their time and get into the Halloween spirit.”
Predmore said it would be his second Greek cry! and she’s thrilled to be getting it back after a year lost to COVID-19.
“They had a little photo booth set up and it was just cool,” Predmore said. “It was cool to see each buddy’s personality and what prop they chose. And we just took some great group photos and it was just a really great experience and fun to see all the buddies opening up and having fun. ” be very excited to be doing all the different things they have.
Michael Kohler, vice president of community development at the Interfraternity Council, said the purpose of holding the event is to give back and serve the community to make it a better place.
“This really is the role that Greek life should have on campuses is to improve the quality of life for other students and the community at large,” said Kohler, a third year in public policy analysis and the new responsible for member orientation for Phi Kappa Tau.
Kohler said the event also serves as a role model experience for elementary school students to see what it means to be an honest member of the community.
“I think this event is a great opportunity to really show a lot of these ideals and to really show how we can give back and give of our time and how we are all committed to giving our time for these kinds of things,” said Kohler.
Individuals can pass or register here in advance.