By Shelby Imes
With laughter, beautiful weather, lawn games, and more, the Panhellenic Council’s third annual “Greek Grub” on Saturday, October 7th was a low-pressure chill sesh designed to destress members of the Panhellenic, or sorority, community. Located on the Taylor Down Under porch, the outdoor event featured frisbee games on the Hillside field, live music, and yes, delicious hot food courtesy of JMU Dining Services.
“There’s very little not to enjoy,” says Shannon Clark, a sophomore SMAD and dance double major.
The inter-sorority event followed the Panhellenic Council’s day of service during which, according to the Panhellenic Council’s President-elect Lexi Ali, roughly 20% of new member classes signed up to serve the Harrisonburg community.
“When [students] join a fraternity or sorority, they have a philanthropy attached to that,” says Abby Koenig, a junior IDLS- special education major. “It’s important to realize that we’re part of the JMU community, but we’re also a part of the Harrisonburg community.”
From 9 to11 that morning, new members separated from their individual organizations and mingled in teams of women from different sororities; some teams volunteered at local elementary schools, and one team even served the JMU campus by picking up trash in the arboretum.
Not only did members of the panhellenic community reap the benefits of serving the community, they were also able to expand their horizons and meet people outside of their own sorority.
“This event now is basically just celebrating and relaxing and kind of bringing everyone together regardless of your letters,” says President-elect Ali, and unifying it was. What better way to bond with fellow panhellenic community members than over barbecue and mac ‘n’ cheese?
As the shadows grew long and the event was coming to a close, the all-female acapella group, Unaccompanied, performed a short and sweet set for attendees.
“We’re so lucky to have them here,” says Ali.
The Panhellenic Council was sure neither both attendees nor performers left empty handed. A photo station was set up, where women could take pictures with a “Greeks [love] food” sign, along with racking up some free “Go Greek” tee shirts and Panhellenic Council visors to represent Greek Life.
When the entire event was set in done, members left having done a good deed, and made a new friend or two along the way.
“I made friends in Theta and Zeta today that I would not have met otherwise,” says Kendall Baker, a sophomore IDLS major. “[Greek Grub] brings everybody together.”