‘Meet the Greeks,’ a success

Wednesday night’s “Real World: Meet the Greeks” forum turned out to be a success. With standing room only, the meet and greet was an overview of Florida A&M University’s National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Hundreds crowded the Grand Ballroom as the NPHC put on a show that rivaled Set Friday. The participants set up booths to answer questions and share information on their respective organizations. It was an interactive summit geared towards networking and insight.

Chairpersons Anthony Brown and Quinton Stroud were very proud of the turnout.

“The meet was live,” said Stroud, 20, a junior allied health student from Fountain Inn, S.C., and member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. “It was a lot of work, but a great success.”

The forum started with a spoof of MTV’s “Real World,” as seven members of the NPHC moved in together. The parody comically showed the Greeks interacting as they set up their bedrooms and later ate dinner.

Between scenes, the organizations shared a brief history and performed in song and step. Members of the NPHC said they hoped the information given would allow attendees to learn what the organizations are about.

“We want everyone to better understand the NPHC organizations, and their relevance to the community,” said James Nero, 22, a graduate business student from Detroit, Mich., and president of the Beta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

The event was designed to give students the opportunity to look at every organization, and encourage further research about them. Members said they wanted to show the impact they have on the school and community through service on and off campus.

Menelek Laurenceau, 20, said the event was very beneficial.

“It gives everyone a chance to see the organizations on a different level, off the set, and to find out what we are really about,” said Laurenceau, a junior architecture student from Palm Beach, and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Members of the organizations stomped the stage and filled the ballroom with historical melodies.  

Vandoline Ivey, a graduate business student from Lakeland, and president of the Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. said the event did a good job at showing the unification of the NPHC as a whole.

“I really enjoyed the performances, especially the unity team,” Ivey said.

The NPHC has more events in the works. Students can see more of the NPHC organizations and their performances during the Homecoming Step Show on Friday Oct. 31, 2008 at the Leon County Civic Center. Students can purchase tickets at the student box office in the union building.