Greek life groups step for unity

Asia Burns, News Writer

The brothers of the Tau Iota chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are bringing black and gold to Samford’s red and blue as they host their annual Unity Step Show. For the fifth year in a row, the Unity Step Show will gather sororities and fraternities from all councils to participate in an evening of step, dance and chanting Thursday in order to raise proceeds for the March of Dimes.

“We ask all the fraternities and sororities who are interested in participating to come up with a performance consisting of stepping, chants, strolls and dance moves,” Jhamall Wright, a junior exercise science major and president of the Alpha Phi Alpha chapter, said. “We are trying to make it bigger and better every year,” he said.

Historically, step shows are typically associated with the National Pan-Hellenic Council, a group consisting of the “Divine Nine” sororities and fraternities. Stepping, a form of percussive dance, originated as an African art form where steppers used their bodies to produce rhythms though footsteps and handclaps.

However, the Samford APA’s take on step shows turns drastically from the “Divine Nine” tradition. Rather than consisting exclusively of NPHC member organizations, the Unity Step Show invites Panhellenic sororities and Interfraternity Conference fraternities to perform with them.

“Our [step show] is a way for us to bring unity between us and other organizations on campus,” APA member and junior exercise science major Cody Brooks said. “We are trying to bridge the gap between different [the organizations].”

While performances from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority are rumored, Samford’s Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Zeta Tau Alpha and Delta Xi Phi are certain to perform. UAB’s chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho and Miles College’s chapter of Phi Beta Sigma are also scheduled to perform.

“It isn’t one of the most-attended shows, but it is a great tradition that will bring unity to Samford’s sororitites and fraternities,” Aneesa Anderson, junior psychology major and Alpha Kappa Alpha member, said.

The Step Show will be in Bashinsky at 7 p.m. Contact Wright at jwright3@samford.edu or follow @ti_alphas on Twitter for more information.

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