Traditions

Dance Marathon
Iowa State University Dance Marathon is a student-run organization that raises money and awareness for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital through the Children's Miracle Network. Through this 24-hour event in 2017, Dance Marathon raised over $293,000 for the kids. The Greek community first started Dance Marathon in 1998 and it has grown each year since. 

GreekFest
GreekFest is an annual step and stroll competition between NPHC fraternities and sororities and to raise awareness for the council. Fraternities and sororities show off their traditional step and stroll routines to compete for the GreekFest championship and to celebrate the individual NPHC Greek organizations that are present on campus. Strolling is a choreographed dance where members perform in one line, typically done at parties and competitions. Stepping is a tradition of historically African American fraternities and sororities beginning on the mid- 1930s. Stepping is a form of percussive dance where participants use their entire body as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps.

Greek Week
Greek Week is a 60+ year tradition at Iowa State. The goal of Greek Week is to unite the Greek community under a common bond of fraternal friendship. There are activities to help the community, to foster friendship and, of course, to have some fun along the way. 

Members dance and compete in the Greek Olympics, and tournaments, and participate in the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge. In 2017, members of the Greek community raised over $377,000 for the Special Olympics of Iowa. 

The week concludes with Vespers, a Greek leadership recognition night. Individual chapter members are awarded with Greek Man of the Year, Greek Woman of the Year and Chapter President of the Year. Alumni and key stakeholders are also recognized for their contribution to the ISU Greek community. Vespers is a night when all chapters are recognized for their success and achievements from the past year. 

Greek Visit Day 
The Greek community hosts an experience for psoepctive students and families to learn firsthand what the Iowa State Greek community has to offer. Prospective students engage with Greek members, learn about the Greek community values, and tour chapter houses. Students have a change to be Greek for a day! 

Homecoming 
Each year, Iowa State University celebrates homecoming with an annual eeek of events learnding up to the Cyclone football game. Greek students participate in intramurals, community service projects, skits on their front lawn, and Yell Like Hell. Yell Like Hell is a competition where students perform short skits about Iowa state University and show their school spirit through painting their bodies from head to toe in cardinal and gold.

Iowa State University Blood Drive 
Iowa State is home to one of the largest student-run Blood Drives in the nation. Each fall and spring, the Blood Drive brings thousands of students, faculty, staff, and community members together to save hundreds of lives. Greek students are an intregal part of the Blood Drive's planning and success.

Meet the Greeks 
The Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council host a promotional opportunity for students interested in joining one of their organizations each semester. At this event, students can learn more about the history and values of these organizations and find out more information about next steps to join. 

Varieties 
Sponsored through the Student Union Board, Greek students participate in this annual show to showcase their talents. Greek students serve in leadership positions to plan and implement the Varieties event. 

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