Despite hazing allegations nationally, CNU’s chapter was able to hold Neophyte
“Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.”
These words rung out from the Trible Plaza last Saturday during Alpha Phi Alpha’s presentation of new members called the Neophyte.
This traditional event featured a recitation of the history of the national organization, founding principles, chapter history, chapter lineage, and traditional hymns, and poems, along with stepping and greeting of the other NPHC organizations on campus.
For new member Michael Bush, this event held a special emotional significance.
“My emotions were on a roller coaster…I was partially nervous, partially happy, partially sad, a part of me was never going to be the same anymore,” Bush said.
It was an opportunity for Bush to declare himself as an Alpha man.
“Being a new member I’m taking a lot of pride in the things that I have learned. I want everyone to see that. I take pride in the better making of men, humankind, myself. As a foundation, we go by our aims, our motto, those define who I am and who I strive to be,” Bush said.
New member Anthony Jose Febo also felt similar sentiments.
“It pushed me to do something I’ve never done before.” He added, “I don’t think any other fraternity can do what we do.”
This year’s Neophyte held an extra weight.
After allegations of hazing at the national level, CNU’s Upsilon Beta Chapter had to apply to hold the event and was one of the handful of chapters across Virginia that got to participate.
“I’m not familiar with the case so I can’t speak on what happened, I just know our values are not about hazing,” Dean of Intake and Vice-President Quentin Watts said.
Watts said their good standing in the university community was why they were approved for the event.
It’s clear to see their impact on campus, especially as they are fresh off of their win of Fraternity of the Year at the Fraternal Value Awards.
However, with members from other schools in attendance some were feeling differently about the event.
“It put more pressure on us,” Febo said.
But that pressure didn’t cause the event to falter.
“I think it went really well,” Bush said.
Watts, Bush and Febo all expressed however this is just the beginning of the work they will put into the organization.
“This first step of going into the fraternity prepares us for the hard work after,” Febo said.
Those interested in becoming a brother of the Alphas may contact current members for more information regarding the intake process as it does not have a set date every year.
~Morgan Barclay, Editor-in-chief~