As a part of Homecoming weekend, over 1,600 people filtered into the Foy Fitness Center to see “Welcome to Our House,” the 2016 Step Show hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council at APSU.
The night started out with the Kappa Rho chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. After them, Eta Gamma chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity performed. Next was the Gamma Nu chapter of Zeta Phi Beta.
After the brief break, the Rho Kappa chapter of Omega Psi Phi brought everyone back into the party. The next group was the Kappa Zeta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. The last turn went to the Alpha Rho chapter of Phi Beta Sigma.
Many creative themes and ideas were explored in the acts created. For example, Kappa Alpha Psi used imagery from the N.W.A. to express themes related to racism in America today, from police killings to black-on-black crime.
Zeta Phi Beta displayed the title “Welcome to Zetaland” and dressed as young alien women for their sci-fi themed performance.
Alpha Phi Alpha used costumes covered with colored lights and utilized a darker environment than the others, and Phi Beta Sigma told a story of a ‘purge’ with participants dressed as attackers and political figures.
Rossview High School’s step team went before the intermission, dressing in leopard patterns and giving a jungle-themed routine.
“It was pretty good,” junior liberal arts major Mari Lane said. “I liked seeing all of the fraternities and sororities all in one place interacting.”
In between acts, the crowd sang and danced along to music, participated in games and learned the results of raffles.
Though many of those who showed up were associated with the Greek organizations participating, some came as individuals to enjoy the performances. It was a chance for many students to see some Greek organizations at APSU and consider whether participation looked right for them.
“It shows school support [to come to homecoming events],” Lane said. “I can’t join a sorority right now, but I most definitely want to join one when I can.”
The winners were announced at the end of the night. The Sorority first place winners were the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha; their runners-up were Zeta Phi Beta. Among the fraternities, Omega Psi Phi took first place and Phi Beta Sigma took second.