Greek Life rocks the Whee

WCU Greek Life has always been stereotyped of doing many things, but until recently, dancing wasn’t one of them.

This stereotype changed when five Greek “teams” participated in a lip sync and dance competition called Whee Rock as a part of the yearly WCU Greek event called “Greek Week.” Whee Rock, which took place on Thursday March 24, showcased the surprising dance talents that no one knew were hidden in Greek Life.

As part of Greek Week, Greek Life was divided into five teams, which were named after famous Greek Cities this year. All of the participating organizations were assigned a team name from one of the following five cities: Athens, Argos, Corinth, Delphi, and Thebes.

WCU’s Ramey Center was booming with the Greeks cheering on their assigned team that consisted of four different organizations. Each group was given a word to interpret into song and dance and a full 10 minutes of time to fill.

The dances consisted of everything from stepping, to ballet, to tapping and incorporated the use of many creative props and costumes. At the end of the night, team Delphi walked away with first place and was also awarded with “Best Choreography” and “Most Creative.” Team Thebes was given second place and were awarded “Crowd Favorite” and “Best Costume.”

Team Corinth was given third place, followed by Argos in fourth, and Athens in fifth. The crowd was rowdy with delight, especially team Delphi who ran up on stage to claim the big trophy.

Aside from the singing and dancing, the event included a silent auction with gifts and certificates donated by community sponsors. All proceeds were given to the American Sickle Cell Anemia Association, the Community Table in Sylva and REACH of Jackson County.

“I think Whee Rock turned out exceptionally well considering this was the first time it had ever been done,” said Greek Life Graduate Assistant Jennifer Pierce, who played a major role in planning the event. “Our goal was to sell 300 tickets and we far surpassed that goal and were able to raise over $1700 to give to three worthy charities.  Overall, I think everyone had a great time for a good cause.”

Even after starting from the ground up, Whee Rock was very successful and received many sponsors and volunteers, according to Pierce. Greek Life is very hopeful that Whee Rock will become a tradition at WCU and will grow to make even more of an impact on the community.

Whee Rock was sponsored by WCU’s Greek Life, Student Government Association, and Last Minute Productions.