A tribute to history and tradition, Alpha Males make their mark on the yard
By Kaitlin Lott
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.