Greek life at NCSU was something I thought I knew a little bit about, but after attending the NCSU Greek Award Ceremony, I realized that the magnitude is something I never imagined. The term “Greek” defines hundreds of students here who have decided to further their college experience by joining an organization which often prides itself on community service, brother or sisterhood, having fun, and presenting programs to better educate the student body. This Greek body is made up of four main groups according to the schools Greek life website, The Collaborative Greek Council, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and The Panhellenic Association. As I entered Stewart Theatre, I saw many different fraternities and sororities finding their way to their seats. The award ceremony began with a speech by Howard Pickett, a graduate student and a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. As awards began to be distributed, I was surprised by the fact that although the National Pan-Hellenic Council was the smallest in numbers they were well represented. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated especially stood out in my mind because the organization won five different awards. Delisa Adams, a Delta Sigma Theta, won the award for Senior Diamond and Jadrien Brown, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, was inducted into the Order of Omega. This is a group that recognizes the top three percent of the campuses Greek community. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated won the campus leadership and involvement awards and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated won the Outstanding Fraternity Award. The ladies of pink and green, formally known as Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority Incorporated and the ladies of Delta Zeta sorority, shared the title of Outstanding Sorority Award. As the award show was brought to a close, a buzz started across the audience as the announcement was made that the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated would be stepping. As they took the stage I was amused as other members of fraternities in the room poorly imitated the steppers. I look forward to this year as new members enter the world of Greek life. Let’s see what they can bring to our campus.
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