Greek God and Goddess not a competition

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No winner was crowned at the Greek God and Goddess event on Sunday for the first time in recent memory.

This past spring the Panhellenic council audited all of their events in order to ensure they accurately aligned with the values of Panhellenic.

“We were concerned that we were pitting our communities against each other, instead of coming together,” said Cate Hensley, vice president of programming for Panhellenic.

Greek God and Goddess is an event where Greek chapters organize dances that are performed in Neal Fieldhouse.

The event was the first where all four Greek councils, Panhellenic Association (PHA), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) and Interfraternity Council (IFC), were involved in its planning. “We wanted to make sure that we weren’t inviting other councils in and being like ‘also we’re going to rank you,’” Hensley said.

This year’s activity used superlatives to give each organization a brief description of what they did best. The decision for these new method of ranking was made collaboratively by all four of the councils.

“We wanted to make sure that everybody would be recognized,” Hensley said, “We also wanted to make sure that we weren’t ranking other organizations above others, we wanted them to be recognized for their individual strengths.”

Some students were disappointed in the change that was made. “I think it kind of takes the fun out of it,” said senior Ali Mogck, “No one really got their feelings hurt when they won, it was just more fun.”

Some who participated did not feel that it was a change that needed to be made. “It was at no point something that drove the Greek community apart, but rather something that brought everyone together,” said sophomore, Emily Troyer, “Competition is a fun way to get people involved while also encouraging teamwork.”