Kappa Alpha Order took home the trophy for overall winner of the University of Maryland’s Greek Homecoming for the second year in a row at the Dedication held at Memorial Chapel Tuesday night.
“Winning Homecoming two years in a row is a great honor to the men of Kappa Alpha Order,” said chapter member and Homecoming committee member, Stephen Seraphin. “But a lot of the credit should go to our sorority match-ups, without which we could not have placed in every competition and taken home the trophy.”
Paired with Panhellenic sorority Alpha Omicron Pi and multicultural sorority Kappa Lamda Xi Inc., the KA matchup team dominated events held on campus this past week to trump a field of 15 competitor match-ups.
Every fall the fraternities and sororities at the University of Maryland are randomly matched up by the homecoming committee to compete in a series of events leading up Saturday’s football game for the chance to win the overall Homecoming award. The four categories of events included community service, athletics, skits performance, and spirit.
“Joining a fraternity or sorority challenges you to be better men and women,” director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Director Matt Supple said.
The week started off on a philanthropic note as members of the Greek community trekked to the Xfinity Center to participate in the Terps Against Hunger Food Packaging event on Sept. 25. The entire main floor of the arena was set up in a maze of nonperishable food and ingredients that were carefully measured and packaged one by one. Each match-up had to send at least 30 percent of their chapter to remain in the competition.
“We have a strong relationship with the Greek community,” said Public Relation Director of Terps Against Hunger, Sarah Barreca. “The event is a great way for large groups to do service work.”
The flag football and basketball brackets kicked off on Monday, Sept. 26. Crowds fled to Fraternity Row to watch match-ups tear up the damp fields in hope of securing the game winning touch down. Later in the week, Alpha Tau Omega and Delta Gamma defeated the winner’s bracket in flag football with KA’s matchup placing second.
The same two match-ups took their victorious athletic strategies from the Fraternity Row fields to the Xfinity Center’s main court to battle for the championship title in the basketball bracket. The ATO and DG team inched the KA, AOPi and Kappa Lambda Xi team out of another win and went home reining champion of all of Homecoming athletics.
The most anticipated component of Homecoming took place on the stage set up in Ritchie Coliseum. Every matchup choreographed a skit to portray a story incorporating UMD mascot Testudo’s quest to victory over the impeding Saturday football game against the Purdue Boilmakers.
The Phi Kappa Psi, Alpha Sigma, Sigma Kappa and Omega Nu Eta Multicultural Fraternity Inc. matchup danced to “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani in their Wizards of College Park themed skit performance to win over the judges in all four categories including attendance, choreography, outfits, and appropriateness. KA, Kappa Lambda Xi and AOPi performed a Candy Land themed skit to earn second place.
As a part of Dedication, Corin Edwards, the Associate Director of DFSL, awarded Chrissy Strangie the Greek President of the Year Award for her outstanding leadership beyond the bounds of her own chapter, Delta Gamma.
At Dedication, Kappa Lamda Xi, KA and AOPi were awarded first, while DG and ATO placed second and Gamma Phi Beta and Sigma Chi took third overall.
“We are looking to sweep Greek Week 2017 this upcoming spring semester,” said Seraphin.