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Greeks cleaning up downtown Hays





Students involved in Greek life are hoping to make themselves known in a positive way off the Fort Hays State University campus.

Dozens of members of fraternities and sororities helped clean up downtown Hays on Thursday evening, picking up trash between Eighth and 17th and Oak and Fort streets. Order of Omega, the Greek honor society, sponsored the event, which capped off Greek Week -- a series of events designed to make more students aware of and involved in Greek life.

Griffin Bortzfield, president of Order of Omega, said this was a big part of the week after other activities were canceled due to poor weather.

"It is kind of a recruiting event and kind of gets our philanthropy out there, too," Bortzfield said.

The project was spurred by the FHSU Leadership 310 class, which has a group working with the Downtown Hays Development Corp.

"We usually do something on campus, but we chose to do it out in the community to show support for community members and show Greek life is involved in Hays," said Josh Doak, who is in the Leadership 310 group and a member of Sigma Chi.

Greek organizations are required to accumulate 10 community service hours per organization, but Bortzfield said organizations try to compile as many as possible.

The Greek organization that accumulates the most community service hours for the year receives a philanthropy award during Greek Week.

Traci Konrade, DHDC executive director, said she appreciates the help.

"Any help that we can get from outside entities, especially students, is so great for us," she said.