NPHC informational exposes students to new organizations
Members of Kappa Alpha Psi speak about their organization and its history for prospective students. Allison Crady
Students were given the opportunity to attend the National Pan-Hellenic Council informational in order to become a part of something bigger than themselves.
The NPHC informational was held Aug. 28 in Fayard Hall. The NPHC is made up of the nine traditionally African American fraternities and sororities. Each organization was able to provide students with information and to promote the distinct values that they each hold dear as an organization.
Bryceston Walker, junior criminal justice major and attendee of the informational, had one question for each fraternity that he encountered: "Did joining your organization make you a better person?"
Delton Burris, president of Iota Phi Theta, and Donavon Jenkins, alumni and member of Iota Phi Theta, had answers. They were eager to dispel Greek stereotypes, explaining how joining Iota Phi Theta helped them grow as individuals.
"We're promoting ourselves as a distinguished fraternity by promoting individuality, which means we're not here to change anyone, we're not here to make you become someone you're not," said Jenkins. "On this campus, there are many Greeks that take what an organization represents and make people take it in a misconstrued fashion. Like, 'We have to wear certain clothes, be socially engaged in a certain type of way,' and then they lose focus on themselves as individuals. We do not advertise that. We're like 'You are who you are. You will be who you are.'"
"What individuality means to us is that, hey, if you want to be your own man, that's fine," said Burris. "We're going to make you a better one. We want you to be the standard when it comes to being out on campus. We want you to stand out compared to other frats. If you arrive on campus, they will know who you are. That's the standard that we are abiding by. We're trying to get more young black males to be an individual, not focusing on the outside fraternity, but focusing on the inside, the brotherhood, what they really want to be. We want them to just be a better man overall."
After attending the informational, Walker was impressed, and hopes to one day become a part of one of the NPHC fraternities.
"Hopefully, if I become a better person, maybe I can rub off on people that I hang with to become better people, and maybe the world will be better, you know? Start small," said Walker.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
More The Lion's Roar News Articles
Recent The Lion's Roar News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR THE LION'S ROAR
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST THE LION'S ROAR NEWS
RECENT THE LION'S ROAR CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Not Seeing a Chiropractor Could Cost You
- Steampunk Steamrolls Into Living Rooms Nationwide
- Modern-Day Party Do's and Don'ts
- Taking Care of Your Child's Eyes in Today's Digitally...
- Will the Movie Studio be the Next Heavy Hitter?
- Survey Shows Americans' Views on Dental Hygiene Differ by...
- Fire Away: How to Prepare For Hunting Season
- Novel Program Brings Hope to African Nation
- What Health Care Really Costs
- Millennials Cited for Rise in ETF Popularity
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- 18-25 Years Old? EARN $80 IN 90 MINUTES for Participating in Research Study
- truth® CELEBRATES SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY MOVE TO TOBACCO-FREE
- vitaminwater® Announces Project Hustle Finalists
- Supermodel Jaslene Gonzalez to Speak at Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority 25th Anniversary Sisterhood Retreat
- LEMELSON-MIT ANNOUNCES NATIONAL COLLEGIATE STUDENT PRIZE COMPETITION WINNERS