This past Friday the Multicultural Greek Council held a Yard Show to present their organizations to the college community.
The event consisted of music, dance and art performances by members of all the participating organizations. The event was held at Roger Hull Plaza and was attended by students, faculty and staff.
The Multicultural Greek Council consists of five multiethnic Greek organizations. The organizations are the Pi Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Eta chapter of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, the Zeta Gamma chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, the Gamma chapter of Omega Phi Beta Sorority and the Tau chapter of Lambda Pi Chi Sorority.
Alpha Phi Alpha and Iota Phi Theta are nationally incorporated and historically African-American collegiate fraternities. Initially, Alpha Phi Alpha was a literary and social studies club that later evolved into a fraternity with a founding date of December 4, 1906 at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York. Iota Phi Theta, on the other hand, started off as a fraternity and was founded on September 19, 1963 at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Furthermore, Phi Iota Alpha, Omega Phi Beta and Lambda Pi Chi are nationally incorporated and historically Latino collegiate Greek organizations. Out of the three, Omega Phi Beta is the only sorority specifically focused on promoting diversity amongst women of color.
Historically, Phi Iota Alpha was the first Latin American Student organization in the United States, whereas, Lambda Pi Chi was a Latino-focused sorority founded at Cornell University and was the first of its kind to be founded at an Ivy-league institution.
All the Greek organizations work to motivate people, develop leaders and create innovate ways to unite their own communities. These organizations are involved in service and philanthropic work as well.
The Yard Show was in line with the philosophy of all the Greek organizations and was aimed at promoting unity and a sense of unanimity within the student body.
Samantha Kruzshak ’19, an attendee at the event, said, “The Multicultural Greek Council did a great job in bringing all these Greek organizations together. This event was truly one of a kind and I sincerely hope that the council and the organizations work together in the future to minimize racial and ethnical differences on the college’s campus.”
The aim of the Yard show was to showcase stepping, strolling and marching.