Last week on Tuesday Feb. 28, the National Pan-Hellenic Council held a showcase presenting a step show to SELU students. The showcase took place in the Student Union Theater at 8 p.m. and ended at 10 p.m. As students walked in the Student Union Theater, there were nine tables set up to display information, history, and pictures related to each organization. The hosts, Kristopher Johnson and Jacy Carpenter, welcomed everyone in attendance and said a prayer before beginning the program. Keonte Herrera then informed everyone of the purpose of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and shared a little information about its background and history.
An important fact was that the National Pan-Hellenic Council was established on May 10, 1930 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Also, the charter members which are sometimes called the “Divine Nine” were added to the list as the years passed with 1997 being the year the list was completed with Iota Phi Theta.
The attendees were introduced to the executive board members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council for 2012. The president is Jacy Carpenter and the vice presidents for the fraternities and sororities are Keonte Herrera and Kellie Wallace. The secretary is Kendra Temple and the treasurer is Maya Miller. Also, awards were given out to each organization for various reasons. The actual showcase then began with the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity going first with the other eight following suit, ending with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Throughout each set, the students yelled and screamed joyfully for members they recognized or for greek organizations they were apart of. There were a few moments when the crowd bursted with laughter when the speakers made jokes or some parts of the step show didn’t go exactly as planned.
Each organization had an opportunity to inform the students about their history, their current members, and perform skits before stepping to the tune of traditional chants and newer songs that the students could relate to. “I haven’t really heard the chants before and they sounded pretty good but it was more exciting to see them step to songs I had heard of,” said D’Ashia Johnson when asked what she thought about the step show. “I really enjoyed the whole show! I had a great time laughing and listening to all the music. I also learned a lot that I didn’t know about the organizations!” said Kalyn Simon.
Once every organization finished their part of the step show there was a poem presented by nine members, each one from a different organization, that expressed what each organizations’ members represented. The hosts then thanked everyone for attending and promoted a party for the organizations in the ballroom of the student union. There are a number of events coming up dealing with the greek organizations in the months of March and April including Kappa Week, Alpha Week, Delta Week, and Greek Week. Also, there is the Miss Phi Beta Sigma Pageant and the Sigma Gamma Rho Social/Block Party.