Greeks join together to celebrate friendship, gather donations


By Skylar Kalb

Students from different Greek organizations came together Tuesday night to celebrate similarities and differences, watch the sunset from on top of the Worth Hills parking garage and to collect donations for those affected by Hurricane Irma.

TCU Collaborative Greek Alliance’s (CGA) fall social, Greeks in the Garage, hosted members of the many different Greek councils across campus. This included the National Panhellenic Council, the Interfraternity Council, the Independent Greek Council, the Multicultural Greek Council and the Panhellenic Council.

Caroline Bowers, director of marketing for the CGA, came up with the original idea for the event.

“The true purpose of this event -and behind CGA in general- is to unite members from every Greek council, and to show that we are more alike than we are different,” Bowers said. “Often times Greek organizations can seem exclusive or be misinterpreted as exclusive, this event is meant to combat these assumptions.”

Bowers said that not only did the event include free food and an opportunity to meet others in the Greek community, but also showcased one of the best spots on campus to watch the sunset.

The CGA also puts on an annual event called Greeks in the Streets, which brings members from all different councils together to perform community service throughout Fort Worth. This year the council wanted to put on a social event too in order to promote communication between the different councils.

Many students were excited about the opportunity to get to meet other students outside of their own fraternity or sorority.

“I just wanted to interact with more people that weren’t in my council because I don’t really get the chance to on a regular basis,” said Briana Robison, senior child development major and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. “I just kind of wanted to meet more people, new people.”

More than 150 students from different Greek councils on campus attended the event.

Greeks in the Garage also supported Project Restoring The Virgin Islands to Prominence, and the Hurricane Irma United Relief Effort. The CGA collected items such as flashlights, portable phone chargers and toiletries to create care packages, called “love packages.”

“I also wanted to donate to the victims of the hurricane and just hang out with other people and get to know some new faces,” said Cassidy Peterson, freshman business major and a member of Delta Gamma.

These “love packages” will be sent to those living in the Virgin Islands and surrounding areas, who are not only recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma, but are also dealing with Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, this week.