URI fraternities, sororities compete once again in a battle for holiday display

Third annual Holiday Lighting Competition

KINGSTON, R.I.- December 8, 2017- Houses in Fraternity Circle, on Old North Road and West Alumni Avenue join Davis Hall as some of the more festive buildings on campus this holiday season. As part of the third annual Holiday Lighting Competition, fraternities and sororities have pulled out all the stops in an effort to make their houses the best and the brightest.

Last year, each house competed individually. Chapters without a house set up tables with activities like decorating your own ornament or spin the dreidel. This year in most cases, chapters have been paired up and pooled their resources to present some impressive displays.

This year, the competition is playing out on social media. Photos of the displays from each pairing have been posted on the official social media site for Greek Life, @uri_greeklife. Whichever pairing receives the most likes on their photo posts wins a pizza party from the Office of Greek Affairs.

Kappa Delta
Kappa Delta sorority decorated its columns and hung stockings with its partner, Delta Chi fraternity. Photo courtesy of @uri_greeklife on Instagram.

“The Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils decided to create a holiday lighting campaign that would reach further than just our campus. We wanted other Greek organizations at schools across the nation to see what we’re doing at URI,” said Hailey Flavin, president of the Panhellenic Council. “We are proud of the motivation this event creates within our Greek community and hope to continue it in future years.”

Make sure to vote for which house you like best on the @uri_greeklife Instagram. Voting ends December 11.

Last year, Theta Chi and Zeta Beta Tau fraternities won best activity as they offered visitors plenty of paint and glitter to make their own holiday ornaments. The Kids’ Choice Category was won by Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, with honorable mentions to Alpha Xi Delta and Kappa Delta sororities. The top prize for best decorated/illuminated house went to Sigma Kappa sorority.

Olivia Ross, an intern in the Marketing and Communications Department at URI and public relations major, wrote this press release.