Senior project promotes Greek unity, awareness
Posted May8, 2009
Stephanie Arellanes
Dancing at the All Greek Showcase, junior Tony Taboada dances for Keisha Clay’s senior project to promote for the National Pan-Hellenic Council in Sneaky Park on April 30. NPHC includes nine organizations made up mostly of African Americans. Clay is a Communications major and seeks to raise awareness for freshman about the other options for fraternities and sororities that are not closely recognized on campus.

Carmin Hermosillo
Staff Writer


Greeks from University of La Verne gathered at Sneaky Park on April 30 to participate in the All Greek Showcase.

The Greek community and La Verne students were treated to either a cheer, chant, dance or step from the sororities and fraternities during dinner.

The first of its kind, the event was hosted by Keisha Clay, a senior communications major. She came up with the idea as part of her senior project.

Her senior project is a campaign promoting the National Pan-Hellenic Council on the ULV campus.

“This campaign really comes from my own personal need to promote the African American sororities and fraternities on campus.

“I noticed that a lot of people do not know that they have this as an option when they decide to go Greek. So I wanted to use my campaign to get them (NPHC) out and get them noticed,” Clay said.

The NPHC, also referred to as the Divine Nine for its nine organizations, are generally made up of African Americans, but are not exclusively for African Americans.

La Verne has five of the nine organizations on campus: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

“I hope that this campaign will create an awareness, when people are coming in as freshmen and they decide to go Greek, I want them to know they have more options than they think,” Clay said.

While students enjoyed the Chinese food served for dinner, the women of Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority were the first to perform with one of their cheers.

“It shows greek unity on campus because we are helping promote the Divine Nine, as opposed to just the frats on campus,” said Michelle Akahoshi, sophomore psychology major and Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority member.

The next Greek organization to perform was the men of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, who prepared to do one of their chants.

Each sorority and fraternity only took a few minutes to perform its chant.

The next sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho, performed the only step show at the event which also incorporated by a brief history of their organization.

Kimberly Johnson, a member of the Sigma Gamma Rho at Cal Poly Pomona chapter, gave some advice to the University of La Verne.

“Start increasing membership then start a council, that will create bigger awareness on campus,” Johnson said.

“This event is important because it helps get our name out there and it was also important to us to support Keisha,” said Britney Collins, a graduate student from ULV and a member of Sigma Gamma Rho.

Students enjoyed snacks and drinks as the evening continued with three more sororities and fraternities performing their cheers.

To inquire about this organization and many others offered on campus, visit the Office of Student Life located on the second floor of the bookstore.

Carmin Hermosillo can be reached at carmin.hermosillo@laverne.edu.

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