Greek Week

Greek Week is one of those great things about IIT that you don’t hear about on a campus tour. During one week at the end of each spring semester, all 10 Greek chapters at IIT compete in daily competitions that test athletic prowess, brainpower, creativity, and teamwork. The diverse line-up of events gives everyone an opportunity to contribute to their chapter’s success.

The community takes Greek Week pretty seriously. Each chapter chooses a theme for the week and dresses up in costume for most of the events. Chapters also make impressive banners of their theme for the front of their houses. Banners are often huge projects that sometimes involve laser cutting, lighting elements, and carpentry. (Would you expect anything else from engineering and architecture students?) The events are scored by faculty and student judges and a winner is determined at the end of the week.

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The proximity of the houses makes Greek Week especially fun. Unlike most schools that have Greek rows off campus, all of IIT’s houses surround a big, grassy quad at the heart of campus. Because everyone is so close together, events are highly attended and the festivities often continue after their official end. The quad is alive all week; music is always playing out of huge speakers that houses bring outside. People toss Frisbees and footballs, enjoying the warm weather and company.

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Greek Week is kind of like that show “Who’s Line is it Anyways?” Although there’s a winner at the end of the week, the points don’t really matter. The best part of Greek Week is that it’s an excuse to get together. It’s a great time to meet people, celebrate your chapter, be silly, and just have fun.

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Spotlight On… TEDxIIT

On Saturday, April 5, the 4th annual TEDxIIT conference was held in the IIT Tower Auditorium. Per usual, the event was extremely successful.

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“The IIT community loves TED. This year, over two hundred people wanted a ticket! Unfortunately per TED rules, we are only allowed to have a hundred people in the auditorium itself. If you didn’t get a seat in the auditorium, we encouraged you to join the ‘overflow section’ in the Tower lobby,” said President Isabelle Romero. Isabelle and a huge team of student volunteers put together this year’s TEDxIIT event, aptly titled “Infinite Impact.”

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The team definitely prepared for an infinite impact. Planning for this year’s event began right after the 2013 TEDxIIT last spring. Team members were responsible for securing volunteers and sponsors, handling registration, and advertising the event. Most importantly, they had to find the speakers. The team selected each very deliberately, targeting IIT students, alumni, faculty, and community members at the cutting edge of their fields. According to the TEDxIIT website,

“Speakers are from all areas including: Design, Entertainment, Technology, Smart Grid Innovation, Renewable Energy, Diversity, Interdisciplinary/Entrepreneurship Education, Eco-architectural Design, Biomedical Engineering, Music, Food, Social Development, Neuroscience, and more. No religious or political ideas.”

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       This year’s conference featured twelve speakers from six countries. All were from different professional and educational backgrounds, allowing everyone to offer a unique point of view. The mix of speakers not only made the event more interesting, but also aptly represented the diversity of the IIT community.

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       Planning for TEDxIIT 2015 will not begin until next fall. Incoming freshman, you have a chance to be a part of this amazing event! For more information about TEDxIIT (including speaker bios, talks, and photos), you can visit tedxiit.com.

 

Check out some talks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_R2Uct5q0w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbJJuJcASGE