Monthly Archives: April 2016

New and established campus clubs abound, but must be renewed each fall

By Mackenzie Kees

Opinions Editor

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Instructions on starting a new club on campus can be found on the UWF Student Organizations page.

As the spring semester draws to a close, the deadline for renewing student organizations for the fall semester of 2016 draws nearer.

Registered student organizations, or RSOs, are the clubs that do not fall under one of these categories: Departmental Student Organizations, Sports Clubs and Recognized Fraternities and Sororities. RSOs are organized by one or two students who believe starting a new organization is necessary, usually because there is not a club of the same type already in existence. These students simply recognize a need and strive to fill it.

Stacey Lee Field, a UWF junior majoring in psychology, is a Student Involvement Navigator and founder of a new club, Eating Disorders Anonymous. In regard to registering a new club, Field said new organizations can register any time. “They just need to fill out a request on ArgoPulse, then have a consultation meeting with the Assistant Director of University Commons and Student Involvement, Tara Kermiet, and then go through the final step…which is to meet with the Campus Collaboration Board.”

However, the last Campus Collaboration Board meeting for this semester was held on April 22, which means any new organization hopefuls must wait until the fall semester to register a new club.

For clubs that are already active, the renewal process is a bit different. Using ArgoPulse, an organization officer can renew his or her club by selecting the “Update Now” button at the top of his organization’s portal. In order to remain active in the fall semester, this process must be completed before the Sept. 2 deadline of 5 p.m.

Several new organizations have been formed in recent months and should be fully operational in the fall. Some of the more recently formed organizations students can expect to see in the fall include a Creative Writing club, a Brunch and Cinema club, UWF College Democrats club, and the Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement. More information on each can be found on ArgoPulse.

Eating Disorders Anonymous, or EDA, is a 12-step support group, Field said, for “any students who are looking to recover or have recovered from an eating disorder.” The fledging club has not set a meeting schedule yet, but interested students should expect to meet at least once a week. “I feel that it is filling a need on our campus that has never been met before,” Field said. “Eating disorders are on the rise on campuses nationwide.”

Another relatively new organization, the Creative Writing Club, “is an author-focused group that offers a space for writers of all kinds of craft to gather and share their work,” according to Lexus Deen, the group’s co-president. “We write from a variety of prompts brainstormed by our members…We encourage discussion about not only our own writing, but that of other authors who provide inspiration for us.”

Students are encouraged to check their ArgoPulse portal frequently to keep up to date with new student organizations. For students interested in forming a new club, check out the video on UWF’s student organizations page to find out everything one needs to know about registering a new club.

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Eating Disorders Anonymous is a group dedicated to helping students support one another through their shared struggle from eating disorders.
Photo courtesy of Stacey Lee Field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A UWF student’s guide to summer in Pensacola

By Claudia Carlson

Staff Writer

 Pensacola Beach is just one of many options for summer fun. Photo courtesy http://www.destination360.com/.

Pensacola Beach is just one of many options for summer fun.
Photo courtesy http://www.destination360.com/.

If you will be staying in Pensacola this summer, whether it’s because you live here or are staying for classes, a job or an internship, this is the guide to help you have a fun-filled summer.

Pensacola has always been known for its beautiful beaches, but recently, Pensacola has been expanding and becoming so much more. Of course, during the summer, the beach is the No. 1 attraction, but unless you’re a mermaid, you are going to want some other activities to fill your free time.

Here is a list of the 10 things I would recommend for you do this summer to ensure that you spend it doing the best things Pensacola has to offer.

  1. The beach – You’re living in Pensacola during the summer, so take the opportunity to soak up the sun and have some fun. There are tons of places for you to eat or just hang out. You can go play volleyball at Flounders, eat at Casino Beach Bar (the food is amazing), or simply go to 17th Avendia park at the church and lay out on the beach with no tourists.
  2. Blue Wahoos games – Something that makes Pensacola so special is that we have our own minor league baseball team with a beautiful stadium right on the water. There are multiple games a week and the tickets are reasonably priced. Get a group together and you will have the best time. For tickets and more information go to: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t4124.
  3. Dine Downtown – Downtown really has the best food in Pensacola. Two wonderful sushi restaurants — Nom and Khans – are delicious; Union Public House just opened up with fantastic burgers; Carmen’s Lunch Bar has the best eclectic tapas that you won’t get anywhere else; and Hub Stacey’s is the place for hearty, delicious sandwiches with a great atmosphere. There are so many places for any kind of appetite.
  4. Naval Aviation Museum – Pensacola is known for being a Navy town, and we have the best museum to prove it. It’s perfect for a rainy day, or one of those too-hot days. You don’t have to have a love for airplanes or the Navy; it really is just an interesting and fun attraction for all types and ages. And it is free! http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org.
  5. Historic Tours of Downtown Pensacola — Pensacola is an historic town with so much activity. The Pensacola Historic Village has multiple tours where you can see how Pensacola was during the 1700s. During the tour, guides are dressed up and doing activities that were done in the 1700s (like churning butter and cooking over a fire), recreating early living in Pensacola. There is also a ghost tour that takes you to all the haunted places of Downtown Pensacola. http://www.historicpensacola.org/plan-your-visit/tours-exhibits/
  6. Thursday nights in downtown – If you go out on a Thursday night, you will find many deals and places to go. Wild Greg’s and Seville Quarter offer admission for 18+ (instead of the usual 21+), O’Rileys has drink specials, and just in general everyone seems to go out in Pensacola on Thursdays.
  7. The forts – Fort Pickens and Fort Barrancas offer tours, or a place to go fishing or have a picnic. It’s a little bit of a drive into Pensacola Beach, but it’s beautiful and full of history. https://www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/fort-pickens.htm  and https://www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/fort-barrancas.htm.
  8. Scuba diving – Experienced scuba divers will want to visit the Oriskany, which is a former aircraft carrier that was sunk 12 miles offshore to become an artificial reef. http://www.ussoriskanydiver.com
  9. Tubing in Black Water River – This technically isn’t in Pensacola, it’s in Milton, but it is so much fun to leisurely float down the river on a hot summer day. My favorite place to go is Bob’s Canoes: http://www.blackwatercanoe.com.
  10. Florida Wildlife Sanctuary – For animal lovers like myself, I would highly recommend visiting or volunteering at the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida, a nonprofit organization that provides care to injured or orphaned indigenous wildlife at 105 N. S Street. They have owls, bald eagles, turtles, etc. After they have rehabilitated the animals, they are released back into the wild. http://www.pensacolawildlife.com.

“I love staying in Pensacola for the summer,” Juliann Laird, UWF junior, said. “I am taking one summer class and I will be working a lot, but I will be relaxing on the beach as much as I can. That is what I love about summer. Even though I am still taking a class, it doesn’t feel like it. It is a lot more laid back and enjoyable.”

Pensacola is so much more than just a college town, which is what makes UWF so special. Most college towns are just that – a college town – but with Pensacola you get a really up-and-coming downtown area, the beach, as well as a lot of beautiful nature. It is the best of all worlds, which is why I believe staying in Pensacola this summer is the best way to go.

 

 

The rumors are true: Southside Villages to close

By Kaitlin Lott

Staff Writer

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The 15 Southside Village residence halls will be closed for HVAC renovations and might not ever reopen.
Photo courtesy of uwf.edu.

Rumors have been circulating lately about the UWF Southside Village residence halls being closed down. The iconic 1960s-era residential halls that surround various administrative and academic buildings in the heart of campus will no longer serve as a home for UWF students – at least not in the foreseeable future.

“We have identified maintenance issues related to the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems due to their age in all 15 buildings,” Megan Gonzalez, executive director of University Marketing and Communications at UWF, said. “The repair will involve removing ductwork and replacing the HVAC systems. We are currently assessing the feasibility of this repair in terms of timing and costs.”

All Southside Village residential buildings include a private courtyard to encourage social interaction among the residents, which other halls do not have. Many also have been Special Interest Halls, which were dedicated to housing residents with similar interests, hobbies, passions and academic goals.

“Southside definitely has its perks as far as location and privacy are concerned,” Tilden Whitfield, a UWF graduate pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership, said. “The Nautilus Market felt like my kitchen because it was so close, but a remodel is definitely in order because the service was always horrendous and the setup was very 1973.”

The closing of Southside Village residence halls will mean some changes on campus. One concern is the reduction of occupancy on campus. Current Southside residents will have to look elsewhere for housing.

“The Department of Housing and Residence Life (HRL) is working hard to manage this decrease, and we feel confident we can meet the majority of requests for Fall 2016,” Gonzalez said. “Overall, the housing system will still function in the same way, continuing to offer a variety of unit types for students who choose to live on campus.”

Even with all the changes, Gonzalez said she doesn’t know the future plans for the buildings. “A general contractor is helping to assess cost, and HRL will then conduct a cost benefit analysis,” Gonzalez said. “The Campus Master Plan calls for Southside buildings to be replaced, but there has never been a specific date associated with taking them offline.”

The summer months would not be long enough to complete this type of extensive work, which is why Southside Village residence halls will be closed for the 2016-2017 academic school year. HRL will be evaluating what upgrades and renovations will need to be addressed to ensure the buildings are safe and meet the needs of student residents.

The Southside Village residence halls have a large population of fraternity and sorority residents, who will now need to relocate.

Gonzalez said HRL conducted several meetings with Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) leadership to understand their needs. “HRL provided options, and they chose to be relocated to Village East for the 2016-2017 academic year,” Gonzalez said. HRL will work on a long-term plan with FSL to consider options for future years.

“As an exchange student I would be excited to come back to campus and see what the new and improved halls look like,” George Meadows, an exercise science graduate student, said. “When I lived there [in Southside], the conditions weren’t great, and the rooms were small, but I enjoyed living in the midst of all the action and near a majority of campus activities.”

Every year HRL schedules renovation and upgrade projects for all campus housing. This summer HRL will be completing several projects, including adding more security cameras, replacing flooring and all exterior doors in Village apartments.

HRL will launch the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Living and Learning Communities for Fall 2016, as well as two other Living and Learning Communities including the Delphi Exploratory LLC and Delphi Leadership LLC.

For more information on Southside Village and Campus Housing contact Megan Gonzalez at 474-2658 or visit UWF Southside Villages.

 

UWF Singers outline hope, peace in final concert of spring season

By Sydney O’Gwynn

Staff Writer

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The UWF Singers and Chamber Choir were joined by the Pensacola Children’s Chorus in its final concert of the season, “A Prayer for Peace.”

The concert, held at First Baptist Church in downtown Pensacola on Monday, April 18, featured many popular songs, including “Imagine” by John Lennon and “Lux Arumque” by Eric Whitacre.

“All of those are forming a framework around the ‘Chichester Psalms,’ which Leonard Bernstein wrote as an American Jew lamenting the loss of life of the Holocaust,” Peter Steenblik, director of the UWF Singers and Chamber Choir, said.

“The Chichester Psalms” is a three-movement work in which each movement covers a specific psalm or set of psalms from The Bible. The first movement is from Psalm 108; the second is from Psalm 23 and Psalm 2; and the third movement is from Psalms 131 and 133.

“As they [The Pensacola Children’s Chorus] sing with the harp, it signifies King David and his harp, singing the psalms,” Steenblik said. “The women of the university group join the Children’s Chorus, signifying the mothers and the innocence, and at one point the men and the percussion come in and, essentially, start barking at them and destroy that innocence. They signify the government and the decisions that are made to destroy people of innocence.”

An organ solo in the middle of the piece can be interpreted as a time of mourning for the souls lost during the Holocaust. The movement ends with a prayer of encouragement and hope for unification and peace.

“It’s so ingenious how Bernstein put this all together, and it’s really fun to sing,” senior vocal performance major Rebekah Pyle said.

The program ended with a piece called “Hope for Resolution” arranged by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory. The UWF Singers and the Children’s Chorus joined together for the final performance of the night.

This was the last performance for some singers at UWF, including Pyle.

“I’m a little sad because it’s over,” Pyle said. “But I’m also really glad to go out on a really good concert.”

The UWF Singers will have the concert posted on its website until May 8. For more information about the Department of Music, visit the website.

 

 

Travel the world while teaching English in another country

By Kelsi Gately

Staff Writer

 

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Even after graduation, students might not know exactly what direction to pursue for their careers. For those who love to travel, earning your certificate to teach English might be a great way to visit and live in foreign countries.

Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is one of the leading programs in the world for earning this certification. It offers courses in different locations across the world and online.

Richard Davie runs TEFL Iberia, located in Barcelona, Spain, where students and graduates learn the skills to teach English abroad. Courses are a month long and have small class sizes to make sure students have access to all the assistance needed.

Students will acquire more than 10 hours of teaching practice, training on lesson preparation, peer and tutor feedback and job-finding workshops.

“We got great feedback after every lesson, with lots of teaching practice, which I really enjoyed,” said Jack, a TEFL course graduate, who posted a video of his experience on the TEFL Iberia Barcelona YouTube channel.

Once students have completed the course, TEFL offers lifetime support in finding teaching jobs in different countries.

Applicants must be 18 years old and show an interest in and characteristics of a teacher. Most courses during the regular application period costs about $1,500 and include all the materials needed. Housing arrangements are available for a separate fee of $430-500 per month.

For more information, email Davie at rdavie0@gmail.com or find TEFL Iberia on Facebook.

UWF also offers courses on Teaching English as a Second Language, which you can find out more about here.

UWF spring sports teams, all in top 25, could sweep all conference titles

By Grier Wellborn

Sports Editor

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It’s no secret the University of West Florida’s spring sports are a force to be reckoned with. After the men’s golf team, women’s golf team and women’s tennis team won their respective Gulf South Conference Championships this week, spring sports now hold 56 of UWF’s 86 all-time championship titles. Currently, all six UWF spring teams are ranked in the top 25 of the NCAA DII national rankings.

 

Men’s golf

Ranked highest is men’s golf. After the fall season, the UWF men’s golf team was ranked No.1 in the nation. The men’s team battled 10 other teams in the GSC to win the championship. After sitting in second place for the first two days, they came out on top on the final day to win its 14th consecutive GSC Championship title. Men’s golf now is ranked No. 2 in the nation heading into the NCAA South/Southeast Regionals to be hosted in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

 

Men’s tennis   

UWF Men’s Tennis, possibly the most successful and decorated team at the university, follows closely behind in its respective polls at No. 4. After a close match with Valdosta State at the GSC Tournament, the Argos lost 4-5, dropping them to No. 2 in the South Region. Ranked No. 4 in preseason national polls, the Argos held on to its spot in national rankings as they head into the Regional Tournament May 7 with the location to be determined.

 

Women’s tennis   

Women’s tennis follows closely behind the men’s team at No. 6. The women’s team victory over Valdosta State landed the GSC Championship over the weekend. Despite adding six new players to its roster of 13, the women continue to be successful and challenge each other to win its sixth consecutive GSC title (16th overall). The women’s team will head into the South Region Tournament from May 2 with a 22-5 overall record.

 

Women’s golf   

The women’s golf team proved it is worthy of the No. 8 national ranking last week by winning the GSC Championship title. Though they sat on an eight-shot deficit leading into the final day, they bounced back to win the fifth consecutive GSC title for UWF women’s golf. Head coach Bryan Clarke has high hopes for the team in the NCAA Tournament, but they must first make it past the NCAA South/Southeast Regional, which will be in Pensacola May 2-4.

 

Baseball   

Next in the corresponding rankings, formerly No. 17-ranked UWF baseball’s split-series win over No. 12 Delta State University last weekend earning them the No. 11 spot in national rankings. Currently ranked No. 1 in the GSC, the baseball team still has seven regular season games before it enters the GSC Tournament beginning on May 7.

 

Softball   

Last, but certainly not least, the softball team moved up in national rankings after sweeping No. 21 Delta State, earning them its 14th consecutive win and the No. 21 national ranking. With an overall record of 35-11 and a GSC record of 21-8, the softball team’s conference record is the best since 2006. UWF softball still has three regular season games against Shorter University before heading into the GSC Tournament held from April 28-30 as No. 2 in the conference.

With three of six of the 2016 GSC tiles already won, UWF’s potential to nearly sweep the conference championship titles look promising heading into the end of the season.

For information on all UWF sports teams, visit goargos.com.

Making instructor evaluations mandatory was a poor decision

By Spenser Garber

Contributing Writer

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This is what students see when they log in to MyUWF – links to online evaluations of all their instructors.
Photo by Spenser Garber.

It’s that time of the semester again – time to fill out Student Assessments of Instructors (SAIs). It is the last thing on any student’s mind as exams and post-semester plans take up their attention.

Unfortunately, beginning this semester, the SAIs are mandatory for all students, according to an e-mail sent out to University of West Florida faculty and students. This comes after a drop in SAI completions resulting from the switch from paper to online evaluations a few years ago.

In an effort to boost completion rates, grades and transcripts now are being held hostage until a student fills out his or her assessment of the instructor. While it only takes a few minutes to fill out the SAI, it is unjustifiable to force students to fill out assessments to acquire their grades and transcripts when the class has already been paid for and the work has already been done.

Even though the evaluations are labeled as mandatory, after a threshold of 90 percent has been passed, the whole class can then view their grades and transcripts. From my experience, many of the students will just think they’ll be part of the 10 percent and not complete the SAIs. Similar to the bystander effect, students will think that “someone else” will come along and do the work that needs to be done. Also, the grades are only held until the first day of the next semester, so many people won’t be fazed by the “mandatory” SAIs.

To combat the bystander effect, some teachers are providing incentives to entice students to fill out their SAIs. The concept of incentivizing students to fill out SAIs is nothing new. I have taken several classes in which the teachers offer extra credit for completing evaluations without them being mandatory.

Along with these issues affecting students, the instructors can’t see their evaluations until the first day of the new semester, even if 100 percent of their SAIs have been completed. This gives no turnaround time for the instructors to modify and improve their classes to provide a better classroom experience for the students.

The establishment of mandatory SAIs was not a great decision by the University of West Florida administration. I would be surprised if completion rates went up by more than 10 percent.

Football practice field makes debut; permanent stadium a long-term vision

By Sara Agans

Staff Writer

 This artist’s rendering is the vision of what the UWF football stadium might eventually look like. Photo by Sara Agans.

This artist’s rendering is the vision of what the UWF football stadium might eventually look like.
Photo by Sara Agans.

All year we’ve seen it being built. Piles of dirt being pushed around, machinery in use, and finally, the new Argos practice field has been completed. On April 16, it had its first introduction to the UWF community when the blue-white game was played there.

For the next two years, the inaugural UWF football team will practice there, and play home games downtown at Wahoos Stadium. But what about a long-term home stadium on campus for the team?

The current football practice field will eventually become the game field, UWF Athletic Director David Scott said. “No different than what you see out there… you don’t want to spend money twice, so you are trying to put it in the spot where it is going to be,” Scott said.

Looking at the practice field now, Scott said on one end of the field, there could potentially be a building there.

“As we are able to add throughout the years, we will just continue to build out to what will eventually be a stadium, what will eventually be a facility that we will use. As far as the timeline and how quickly that will happen, that will determine on money and giving, and even on the next (UWF) president. It’ll be interesting how that plays out,” Scott said.

UWF has a contract with the Wahoos stadium to play there for the next two years, with an option of three one-year renewals after that. Scott said he expects the team to play there for three to five years, but it could be longer.

“There’s a lot of advantages to playing downtown, because we don’t have to spend a lot of money on building. So as we are starting to build other pieces, you can only do certain things as you can afford to do them,” Scott said.

He said more than 2,000 people came to the spring game and were enjoying hanging out. “A few guys brought a couch on top of the hill and were sitting there and they had their fraternity flag with them. People came and went, similar to the scrimmage we had downtown, so it was a neat environment,” Scott said.

“The part about bringing football to campus, some people look at it as a sport, but really it is about enhancing student life, hopefully making people aware of the University of West Florida, because we have a great academic institution. There were kids around the field from Enterprise, Alabama; Tate High School; kids from in town; so you are bringing in kids that maybe wouldn’t have looked at the University of West Florida before,” Scott said.

Scott said athletics are something that brings alumni back to campus, and give current students something to rally around. “It creates that glue that ties people back to the institution, like when you see the kind of people that showed up to the game last Saturday, and you get in conversations with people that are alums from 20 years ago that tell you that they thought they would never see the day.”

“Ever since the field has been built, on Twitter you will see sororities, fraternities and general students posting pictures with the Argo head and taking pictures on the field. It’s one of those places that is iconic and uniquely UWF,” Scott said.

“Hopefully what transpires is that it helps the university grow and bring a greater awareness for the University of West Florida. But as far as the field goes, it’s just the first step in a building process; the timeline is sort of to be determined.”

 

The cards we live by: What you might not know about your Nautilus card

By Tom Moore

Contributing Writer

 

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Image courtesy of http://uwf.edu/admissions.

According to a recent poll by McGraw Hill, the average American carries eight credit cards with them at all times. This does not include state ID cards, driver’s licenses, insurance cards and social security cards that are usually also carried. There are cards for work, pleasure, gym cards, dining cards, frequent flier cards. It’s true. Americans carry a lot of cards.

However, the card of interest here is the UWF Nautilus card. Every student knows of it to a varying degree. Yes, that’s the one – that blue and white card with “UWF Nautilus Card” printed on the top, then your picture and student ID number. This card serves a variety of purposes. It can be used to gain access to certain events; for services for UWF students; and for access other services, such as dining, copying and printing.

While this card serves its specific purpose very well, it does have a weakness within the system itself.

“Once the funds are deposited to the card, we cannot get these funds back off the card,” Joyce Hughes, manager of Student Card Services, said. “The good news is, these funds can be spent on any of a wide variety of items in the bookstore, dining area, or other on-campus services our students need.”

University Card Services does not actually service the cards themselves, nor do they service the automatic teller machines that allow students to add money to their cards.  In other similar systems, such as vending machines, the company servicing the machines has a key to get into the machine and retrieve the money, or get the customer his or her drink. There is a phone number prominently displayed on the front of the machine which can be used to call the company if there are problems.

But the Automatic Deposit Machines, or ADMs, are totally different. While they allow deposits to the card, there is no way to withdraw funds from the card. And there is no information printed on the machines. All they say is: “University OneCard System, Automatic Deposit Machine.” Then on the bottom: “General Meters Corp, Colorado Springs, Colorado.”  No other information is given. No address, no phone number, no information of any kind. So, this then begs the question: What if, heaven forbid, a mistake were made. What if a student were to deposit more money on the card than they intended?

In a world obsessed with outsourcing, subcontracting and farming out services, certain things fall through the cracks and are never addressed. This is what seems to have happened with the ADMs for UWF ID cards.

However, money does not simply evaporate into thin air. If a bill is inserted into a machine, that bill can be removed from that machine. The bill is still there, sitting in the machine’s innards, waiting to be retrieved by this mysterious “University OneCard System” run by General Meters Corporation.

Founded in 1979, General Meters has grown into a leading provider of campus card solutions for universities and colleges nationwide. Its University One-Card System unites a range of functionalities – including security access, on-campus dining and vending, employee record keeping and copier/printer/fax control – onto one ID card for students, faculty and staff.  It truly is the “one-stop-shop” for a huge variety of campus services.

“Our ADMs are serviced by a third party,” Kennyattah Cox, manager of the Commons desk services and ticket center, said. “If we were to deposit money here at the desk, we could use our key to open the desk drawer and retrieve your money.” But don’t deposit any more money on your student ID card than you want to use, because Card Services cannot open the ADMs. “Unfortunately, no one on campus has the keys to the ADMs.” Cox said. “Only OneCard, does.”

For more information on your Nautilus card, including quick reference guides, visit the Business and Auxiliary Services website.

 

 

 

A tribute to history and tradition, Alpha Males make their mark on the yard

By Kaitlin Lott

Staff Writer

 

 Alpha Phi Alpha members hosted a yard show on April 18 to entertain and educate the UWF community about their fraternity. Photo courtesy of Reginald Watkins.

Alpha Phi Alpha members hosted a yard show on April 18 to entertain and educate the UWF community about their fraternity.
Photo courtesy of Reginald Watkins.

As a crowd formed outside the Commons, spotlights hit five men dressed in black and gold awaiting their moment to show UWF who they are and what they stand for.

On Monday, April 18, members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. hosted a yard show at their bench as participants of Diversity Week at UWF.

Organizations that are a part of the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) host yard shows to not only entertain but also to educate others about their fraternity or sorority. These showcases might also include stepping, strolling and chanting information as related to their history and traditions.

“The Yard Show ‘Mu Theta’s Very Own’ was to share a culture with the University of West Florida that they have never experienced, while at the same time working to establish Greek unity on our campus,” Kali Richardson, a senior exercise science major and secretary of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., said.

Members of NPHC Greek refer to being on the “the yard” as the campus community an organization is on. However, Mu Theta has not been on the yard at UWF very long. The Mu Theta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. was reinstated on campus on Aug. 5, 2015.

“I was excited to see Mu Theta established on our campus as a member of the NPHC, because I want to experience being on a campus where there are more diverse Greek organizations and where we can have more events like yard shows,” Alexis Covington, senior major and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., said.

“The Mu Theta Yard Show was a tribute to the brothers that came before us,” Shareef White, senior public relations major and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., said. “We were honoring the past and pushing forward towards the future.”

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated was founded on Dec. 4, 1906, in Ithaca, New York, on the campus of Cornell University. The early beginnings of the fraternity served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice educationally and socially at Cornell. The Jewel founders, with the help of early leaders, laid the foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha’s principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character and the uplifting of humanity.

The men of Mu Theta are actively working to raise the standards of everyone around them to encourage the campus, organizations and individuals to grow together and create a united front. To that end, the chapter is always looking for quality men to add to their ranks and keeping those men as lifelong members in their communities.

“Every goal we have set for ourselves we have reached — having the highest fraternity GPA on the campus, being recognized on both a district and regional level — and our goals currently are to not only to keep raising the bar but to also consistently top ourselves and push ourselves to display what is means to be an Alpha Male,” Richardson said.

For more information about Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated visit Alpha Phi Alpha or for local chapter information visit Pensacola Alphas.