Different organizations on campus

Non-Panhellenic organizations begin their intense recruitment process

National Pan-Hellenic Council, also known as NPHC, is made up of what is known as the Divine Nine International Greek Letter Sororities and Fraternities. The campus currently has three NPHC organizations with charters. One of the organizations within the Divine Nine is a colony of the College of William and Mary. Each Divine Nine organization at CNU currently has about Four to Seven members in their organization. To get the word out about their organizations, they host events such as “Meet the Greeks,” which means the student body can come hang out with the organizations. They usually have ice cream, music and other fun activities for people to get involved in at the event. NPHC then leaves time at the end for questions to be asked about their organizations, such as how to join and the requirements of being in Black Greek life. NPHC organizations are known for their lasting relationships between their own brotherhood/sisterhood. This will help the individual in their personal life and career. They will make connections with individuals that they would not have met if it was not for the NPHC, and they develop the same values as that person without actively saying the values. An individual of a NPHC also develops new skills that can be used in various situations and time periods.

Michael Bush, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. gave insight on how his organization approaches the recruitment process. His organization has three weekends of the Initial Membership Development Process. This process involves learning the history of the fraternity, poems and other information before taking a final test. A potential member must score 90 percent or better to be initiated into the fraternity. Each organization takes their history very seriously. Each member is to know their founding years, founders, founding date and location and certain poems tied to black greekdom by heart. Michael spoke on some of their traditions: “The paraphernalia, hand signs, roll calls and strolls are STRICTLY meant for members of the fraternities/sororities to do. We do not discriminate against a certain race or religion. Each organization has brothers and sisters that are other ethnicities than black, even though our organizations are historically black.” Michael’s fraternity’s Mission Statement is, “Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.” They strive to maintain academic excellence while actively serving their communities. It is clear that NPHC makes their members strong citizens and scholars.

~Caitlyn Bauske, Staff Writer~

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