Traditions

Traditions are an exciting part of Iowa State culture, and Greek students play an active role in keeping the traditions alive! Greek Fest and Greek Week are two traditions faciliated by Greek leaders, but Greek students participate in variety of campus-based traditions as well, such as Dance Marathon, Homecoming, and Varieties. In fact, Iowa State's Dance Marathon was started by Greek students, and in 2015, the organization raised more than $440,000 for children with cancer. 

Homecoming
Each year, Iowa State University celebrates homecoming with an annual week of events leading up to the Cyclone football game. Greek students participate in intramurals, community service projects, skits on their front lawn and Yell Like Hell. The Ames community is painted cardinal and gold for the week. 
- Yell Like Hell: 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. 

GreekFest 
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) hosts an annual celebration of the history of NPHC, traditionally during homecoming. This competitive step show highlights their skills in the art of stepping and helps showcase NPHC to the ISU community. 

ISU 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 integral part of the Blood Drive's planning and success. 

Yard Show
The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) traditionally sponsor a performance each semester on central campus to highlight their stepping, strolling and saluting. These movements are synchronized hand and foot movements, along with singing, dancing, chanting and acting. Chapters pay tribute to the cultural background of their organizations through these movements, which create awareness and education for the Iowa State community. 

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. 

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 2015, Dance Marathon raised over $440,000 for the kids. The Greek community first started Dance Marathon in 1998 and it has grown each year since. 

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. 

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. 
- Lip Sync: performances put on by Greek teams where students lip sync a complete skit about traditions and values. 


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