Arts & Entertainment

Who Runs the Yard?

Tamia Gregory

Delaware State’s annual National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Homecoming Step Show competition was held in Memorial Hall’s gym on Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 for that day’s homecoming event.

DSU Alumni, families, friends, and students gathered in the bleachers and in seats facing the stage to watch performances by iStep, the school’s Step team, as well as the school’s active NPHC sororities and fraternities. The theme of the show was “Dreams and Nightmares,” and most of the performances reflected this theme in their presentations. iStep opened the show with an energized routine that invigorated the crowd’s excitement for the upcoming acts.

In between performances, the show’s host played music to keep the audience entertained. They shouted out and introduced all the Divine Nine organizations by playing songs they stroll or hop to and allowing time for them to yell out their calls. Present in the room was an immense sense of pride from neo members, recent and past alumni, and friends and family showing support to their loved ones.

To kick off the competition, the fraternities and sororities were placed in order based on the year they were founded. With fraternities going first, Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., founded in 1906, was followed by Omega Psi Phi Inc., founded in 1911. For the sororities, Alpha Kappa Alpha (founded 1908) was first, Delta Sigma Theta (founded 1913) was second, Zeta Phi Beta (founded 1920) was third, and the closer was Sigma Gamma Rho (founded 1922).

After giving judges time to deliberate by engaging the crowd with music and banter, the host announced, in two close calls, that the fraternity to take home the grand prize of $1,000 would be the Alphas, and the sorority to win the same prize was Sigma Gamma Rho! Each winning team celebrated among the crowd while holding up their large checks before gathering on stage together to capture a photo.  Moments passed and guests began to leave after waiting for the main performer Glorilla to arrive for her performance. Students were excited to see her, especially after it was rumored she was no longer coming. She engaged the crowd, performed her most popular songs, and ended the night on a positive note.

Photos included were taken by Tray, a Computer Science major, class of 2024. Follow his Instagram @rhl.tray for more!

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