NPHC ‘steps’ back into history

The annual “Meet The Greeks” showcase is taking place tonight at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom.

The Greeks are promising to put a refreshing twist on this year’s show, and it’s sure to fill the audience’s appetite until it’s time for the homecoming step show.            

The National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc., which is comprised of black Greek letter fraternities and sororities, known as “the divine nine,” will be in charge of the show. The theme of this year’s show is “NPHC Cribs,” which is a spin-off of the popular show “MTV Cribs.”

In this year’s showcase, video cameras got an inside look into the homes of the various black Greek organizations involved.

Ashley Johnson, the campus activity board chair from Miami, who helped put this year’s showcase together, believes that the theme of the showcase exposes Greeks in a new light.

“A lot of people think that Greeks are on a pedestal,” said Johnson, a fourth-year pharmacy candidate.

“The event is humbling and shows everybody that we are human.”

Like many showcases in the past, “Meet The Greeks” is meant to inform freshmen and returning students who are not familiar with these organizations, about their history and core values.

There will be no dress code for the event and patrons will be provided with food. For this reason they are encouraged to arrive on time.

Although freshmen will enjoy the show, Johnson promises that returning students who have seen the shows in the past will not be disappointed.

“It’s the same information in a different format,” Johnson said. “It’s creatively different.

Carey Goins, a fourth-year business administration student from Chicago, and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., agrees with Johnson.

“We keep things fresh and innovative,” Goins said. “The story might be similar, but it’s presented in a different way.”

Xavier Durden, the NPHC president and member of Phi Beta Sigma, Inc., believes that if for no other reason, students should come to show their peers support.

“We are campus organizations trying to uplift FAMU,” said Durden, a fifth-year business administration student from Miami.

“Come to support not only the Greeks, but support your friends, roommates, and fellow students.”

Durden believes that fans of the homecoming Greek Step Show should not miss the event.

“This is just a small taste,” Durden said. “Words can’t describe how big homecoming will be.”

He compared both events to watching a sequel to a movie.

“[The showcase] is a preview,” Durden said. “You can’t see part two without seeing and understanding part one.”