Greek life organizations unite for a day of good music and good vibes
“Overall, we’re here to support Greek unity and unity in [Hampton Roads],” said Morgan Simmons, a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha. “It’s just really great to get to meet with everyone who’s in Greek Life and the CNU community.”
On the sunny afternoon of Aug. 31st, CNU’s Greek Lawn was alive with laughter, friendship and live music in the late summer air.
Christopher Newport’s first annual Greekstock provided a vibrant, fun and uniquely inclusive space for students to come together regardless of their Greek Life affiliations (or lack thereof) and enjoy a lively music festival with friends across all organizations, majors and class years.
Living up to the event’s Instagram hashtag, hundreds of students turned out to #RockWithTheFlock.
All of CNU’s Greek organizations under Panhellenic, Interfraternity Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council had a presence at the event.
Like the Greek life organizations on campus, a major goal of Greekstock was to raise money for a philanthropy.
Most of the funds raised from the event went to benefit the Governor’s School for the Arts, expanding upon the mission of Greekstock to be an event in which creativity and talent flourished.
Framed by the beautiful Greek mansions, CNU’s Greek Life organizations had tables set up with different activities for Greekstock-goers to enjoy, such as Phi Mu’s Polaroids and Popsicles For The Kids to benefit their philanthropy Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Students were able to buy tickets to participate in the activities.
The remaining 10% of all the money raised through Greekstock was donated to the philanthropy of the Greek organization that gained the most tickets at their booth on the Lawn.
As a brother of Phi Gamma Delta, a relatively new fraternity on campus, Chance Zimmerman saw Greekstock as an opportunity for his organization to become closer with the others.
“We’re just getting started up and ready to go, so to be with all the other fraternities and sororities, the solidarity it really cool,” he said.
Taylor Lambert, President of Panhellenic, said, “Last semester right after we got elected, we had a big meeting with all of the executive boards of all the Greek organizations and we asked them what they wanted to see from us. They said they wanted a greater emphasis on Greek unity and then Tim [Kreider] came up with this idea and we just kind of ran with it.”
After talking to Kreider about how the event could possibly expand beyond Greek organizations and bring the entire campus together, Greekstock started becoming a reality.
Kreider, a senior, was the original organizer for the event.
“This all actually started when my friend George [Grekos] and I were working in the telefund and he said how cool it would be to have a concert on the Greek Lawn,” he said. “Greekstock came into my head.”
Grekos, a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon at CNU, passed away last year.
As the head of philanthropy for Sigma Phi Epsilon, Kreider started putting his and Grekos’s idea into action.
Preparations began near the end of last semester.
Collaboration with the newly formed Greekstock committee and members of National Pan-Hellenic Council, Intefraternity Council and National Panhellenic Conference on campus helped ensure that Greekstock was truly a Greek unity event from its very beginning. “A lot of this is being done in honor of George,” Kreider said. “It’s been an awesome time.”
Many of the performers in Greekstock’s lineup this year were CNU students, which really added to the feeling of campus unity and emphasized the sense of the university’s close-knit community. After a high-energy dance performance from Hypnotic Control, the festival’s musical acts began, including talent from CNU’s student body, Leesburg singer/songwriter Liesl Michelle and two local rock bands hailing from Hampton Roads, Same Time Tomorrow and Every King & Commoner.
Abigail Wetherington, Vice President of Membership Development for Panhellenic, said, “Ultimately, we wanted to have an opportunity for everyone to get together and have a common space with a common goal and get to know each other better.”
It’s safe to say CNU’s first annual Greekstock accomplished just that, and hopes are high that next year will be even groovier.
~Anna Dorl, Lifestyle Editor~