The “Greek Games,” a multi-game, Greek-themed competition between the Bruin Daze teams, will cap off Bruin Daze’s week of school spirit at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the Alumni Stadium.
Students from Red Rogues, Blue Thunder and Green Extreme will try to win the week for their teams before watching the post-game fireworks once the competition ends.
Katie Albert, women’s ISC director, said the games will be quick affairs. “We’re gonna have as many games packed into an hour and a half as we possibly can,” she said.
Albert planned the Greek Games along with Natalie Larsen, the SLC event coordinator, and Drew Williquette, the men’s ISC director.
Albert said they hope to keep the Greek theme in focus. To do this, they picked games that make contestants “battle” in different ways, including a relay race, a chariot race and a trivia contest.
Additionally, according to Larsen, mattress surfing, a popular game from Gold Rush Daze, the precursor to Bruin Daze, will be one of the games. Students will ride a mattress carried by the ocean of their teammates, trying to beat the other teams to the finish line.
“What we’re looking at right now is doing more games that have a lot of team involvement,” Larsen said. Larsen said the fireworks, which will begin at 9:30 p.m., will be similar to two years ago, lasting about 15 to 20 minutes. The event’s emcees are being kept under wraps.
In addition to the society competitions and the fireworks, the dining common will serve a special Greek meal Saturday night. “That Saturday night will definitely be a night you want to go to the dining common,” Albert said.
Albert said she wants the Greek Games to be a unique experience. “I want it to stand as its own thing,” Albert said. “We’re trying to make it as big and as good as possible.”
Larsen said the purpose of the Greek Games is to have a final competition that’s team-based rather than the more individual-focused games of Bruins Daze such as tag and capture the flag.
Albert said Greek Games was one of her favorite Bruins Daze activities in 2017.
“We know how special it was to us two years ago,” Albert said, “We want to make it that exciting for people who haven’t experienced it yet.”