By Tasha Saint-Louis and Naje Graham
LU Spring Fling Yard Show sheds light on strained relationship amongst Greek organizations & Social Fellowships.
Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) are known for their sense of pride and school spirit. A large part of that pride lies in the history of Black Greek-lettered organizations and Social Fellowships as the producers of leaders, forward-thinkers, and active members of the Black community. Many newcomers look to these organizations for a glimpse of the “full college experience.”
Here at Lincoln University, the Divine 9, Social Fellowships and musical organizations maintain the responsibilities as community leaders and innovators.
Nonetheless, students still have misconceptions about the culture and unity of the school’s yard. Some believe that the organizations do not get along with one another due to ‘feuds’ while others believe that each organization focuses on socializing more than working together.
During Spring Fling week, Lincoln University’s Student Government Association (SGA) hosted a Yard Show.
The Yard Show was held for all of the Greek-lettered organizations and Social Fellowships on campus to come together and put on a show for the student body. Each organization performed their signature strolls and/or steps for their peers.
Performers included the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (KAΨ), the Roses of Sigma Alpha Iota International Musical Fraternity, Inc. (SAI), the men of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc. (KKΨ), the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (ΦΒΣ), and the women of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc. (ΤΒΣ).
The show was well received by the audience, as attendees encouraged and applauded each organization.
All of the organizations performed well and brought a surge of energy that juxtaposed the rainy weather outside. Common favorites of the students were the performances by the men of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc. (KKΨ) and the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (ΦΒΣ).
Despite the efforts of each of the organizations to come together in the yard show and its success, there still remains a divide amongst them.
Deborah Roseboro, charter member of SAI, believes that there is a disconnect amongst all of the organizations because of the “cliquey” environment.
Tametra Thomas, member of Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship, Inc., added more to this sentiment. When asked about unity on the yard, Thomas stated, “I feel that all of our organizations are stuck on tradition and the history of our letters and use that as an excuse to not be unified.” Thomas shared that Greek/Social Fellowship unity hasn’t been the same since her freshmen year. “You saw organizations collab with each other, you saw unity strolls, and you definitely never saw a divide amongst the organizations,” she concluded.
Alumni members of Greek & Social Fellowships organizations responded negatively when asked to compare the sense of unity from when they were on the yard to now.
Kendall Clinton, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., (ΦΒΣ) blames the ruined bond on the few member of Greek organizations & Social Fellowships still on campus. Clinton believes the missing sense of unity is due to a lack of presence on the yard.
Drevon Vance, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., agreed, “I feel as though it’s not as close as it once was.”
Contrary to the lack of unity present on campus, Roseboro (SAI) believes that Greek & Social Fellowship unity needs to be cultivated and is a necessity.
“…The people in these organizations are supposed to be leaders on campus, and set an example. The stronger the bond; the better the presence.”
In order to cultivate unity, steps must be taken by every organization to ensure success.
Asia Quick, member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc., (ΤΒΣ) believes that the organizations “should have more combined events.”
Mr. Legacy, Dante Wade, member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.,… (KAΨ) agreed by saying, “The school should encourage us to do more events together, leadership exercises together and restore NPHC (the National Pan-Hellenic Council).”
Thomas feels the same but suggests a different route, “Things became more separate now that we have the NPHC, which prompted non-D9 orgs to create the CIO. We should definitely bring back the Greek/Social Fellowship Council. We were all friends and classmates before our letters. Let’s bring that kind of unity amongst our organizations.”