Photo courtesy of Theresa Sommerville
Photo courtesy of Theresa Sommerville

By TYESHA VINSON, Student Life Editor

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. screened “Many Steps”, a film explaining the origin and evolution of African American collegiate stepping.

The film detailed the reasons why African American Sororities and Fraternities step. After the film they brought up a three-person panel, which included members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

The discussion panel allowed students the chance to ask questions that help them understand National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations, The Divine 9.

Many students wanted to know the reasons why they joined their Fraternity or Sorority. Jerel Jones, a member of Phi Beta Sigma said, “I know that no matter what, my brothers are going to have my back.”

Like many Fraternities, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is about brotherhood. They are united through their shared values and their service to the community.

Jalisa Hooks, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., talked about how joining her sorority changed her as a person. “Being apart of Alpha Kappa Alpha has made me into the professional woman I am today.”

One thing that stood out to the people in the room that were part of the National Panhellenic Conference organizations was that The Divine 9 organizations represent themselves in a very uniform way.

Kristin McDonough said, “I have my letters in different patterns and colors and you don’t see that in NPHC organizations.” Each organization within The Divine 9 represents their organizations with the colors of their organizations.

Students wanted to know what advice the panel members had for people that were considering joining any of the fraternities or sororities. The thing that they all agreed on was that research is key.

Jerel Jones said, “It’s important to research and make sure that the organization lines up with your values.”

Stepping is more than just a dance; it is an expression of a long, rich heritage. Stepping is a unique way for each organization to represent themselves.