NPHC will host a slew of homecoming events

By David Matz

DeKALB | There’s more to do this homecoming weekend than tailgating and watching the football game. The National Pan-Hellenic Council has a busy calendar planned for anyone looking for something to do on campus this weekend.

“We want to give the community a different aspect of a different culture,” said Carolyn Eastlin senior sociology major and current NPHC president. “The events will display NPHC members’ talent and the community’s talents.”

The NPHC’s Greek fraternities and sororities start their weekend on Friday with The Takeover Variety Show then continue with a Black & White Affair After Party.

The variety show will feature dance groups and musical groups, like Legend Haz It, as well as members from the Present Perfect Modeling Organization and Empire Modelz, said Ayesha Horton, senior child development major and second vice president of the NPHC.

Immediately after the variety show, NPHC will host a Black & White Affair After Party. The dress attire for this event is supposed to be classy black and white clothing while enjoying music and dancing at the Campus Recreation Center, Eastlin said.

After the Homecoming parade, the NPHC will tailgate with alumni, current members and Black Student Union members before the football game in front of Stevenson North Residence Hall. After tailgating, everyone is invited to attend a Step Show and Step Show After Party on Saturday night.

The step show is a competition between the Divine Nine fraternities and sororities. The Greek organizations will perform Step Dances for the audience and seven judges, who will choose the best team and award a $1,500 prize for the best fraternity and a $500 prize for the best sorority, Horton said.

“Step shows help show unity among African fraternities and sororities,” Eastlin said. “They do it to show unity among their brothers and sisters.”

After the Step Show on Saturday, people are encouraged to attend the after party at the rec.

“It’s just a little dance to celebrate the end of the homecoming week,” Horton said.

Event price varies from $5 to $10. The NPHC is also offering a package ticket for $25 which allows access to all events.

“We are really pushing people to buy the pre-sale package so we know how many people are coming, and because it’s a really good deal,” Eastlin said.

The NPHC sponsors events like these every year and in year’s past they’ve sold out all their events. They hope to do the same this year, said Horton. There are 500 pre-sale package tickets and the NPHC hopes to sell them all, she said.

Both individual and package ticket sales are available on Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m. in the Chick Evans Field House, tickets will not be sold at the events.