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Greek Life Means More Than Letters

Published: March 02, 2010
Every female member of Mary Beth Hillery’s family in memory was or is involved in sorority life.

She knows from example and from experience that sorority life comes with lifelong friendships, mentors and relationships, which is why she is so eager to encourage others to try out Greek life.

“If you get involved it is so worth it,” said Hillery ’11. “It makes such a difference. I can’t say enough about how great Greek life is and how it connects you.”

This week, March 1-4, Hillery is joining others on the Panhellenic Council, women from the National Panhellenic Conference sororities at UT, in hosting Spirit Week. Monday was National Panhellenic Conference’s Badge Day where the young women wore their sorority pins and hosted an information table in Vaughn Center.

Tuesday they are writing Greek and UT spirit messages all over campus in chalk, Wednesday they will attend a UT sporting event as a group and Thursday they are hosting a Dessert and Discussion in Vaughn Courtyard from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

“We’ll discuss issues relevant to Panhellenic Council and women’s issues in general,” said Hillery, president of UT’s Panhellenic Council.

After spring break, the council will host a bowling tournament and fundraiser at Splitsville in Channelside with a cash prize going to the winner’s philanthropy of choice. In April the entire UT Greek community will have at least half of every chapter participating in Relay for Life.

In early February, about 100 Tampa women from all different schools came to UT for the Tampa Bay Panhellenic Brunch with alumnae from the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg areas. Linda Devine, vice president of operations and planning at UT and a Panhellenic alumna, was the guest of honor.

“Events like Spirit Week get the conversation, the dialog going,” Hillery said.

Spirit Week is in response to the newly formed Fraternity and Sorority Life Strategic Plan which was created to increase Greek life on campus and create a stronger relationship between the Greek community and the University.

“We’re more than the stereotype,” Hillery said. “Most of our girls are extremely outgoing, we’ve diverse and we’re looking to make connections through Panhellenic life. We’re on campus because we love UT and all the things UT gives us.”

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Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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