NIU fraternity to hold stepshow, promote unification

By Mike Perkins

An NIU fraternity is aiming to create unity between greeks and non-greeks by sponsoring NIU’s first non-greek stepshow.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., will be holding a stepshow for non-greek students at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Duke Ellington Ballroom in the Holmes Student Center.

The show consists of teams with 5 to 8 people; greeks may participate but can only make up one-third of a single team. Teams are responsible for all routines and steps put together.

Performances will be screened before the stepshow to ensure they are in good taste and a $20 entrance fee is due before Feb. 5. The performance should be no longer than 15 minutes and no less than five minutes.

Torrick Ward, chairman for the event, said many southern schools have been doing tehse types of shows for years, however it has never been done at any Illinois schools.

“Nothing of this kind has been done in Illinois,” Ward said. “It promises to be a great affair. This event is bound to attract a lot of individuals from all over the state.”

The event will be judged by greek students and they will be grading on originality, difficulty and style.

There is a $200 cash prize for the group with best overall performance. In case of a tie, the groups will perform for the judges again who will then render the final decision.

Participants are encouraged to contact any brother of Alpha Phi Alpha for information or help in creating a routine.