NPHC hosted annual GreekFest, showcasing traditions and history

Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. showed of their step and stroll routine. Many chapters performed their routines to songs by popular artists such as Beyoncé and A$AP Rocky.  

Sierra Hoeger

Music, stomping, yelling and chanting sent vibrations through the floor in the Memorial Union’s Great Hall on Sunday.

This buzz surrounding the MU was GreekFest 2018.

GreekFest is an annual event where members of National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) chapters perform choreographed routines. Members spend weeks preparing traditional step and stroll routines that showcase their chapters’ histories through complex rhythms, sounds and scripts.

There is a lot of sweat, nervousness and excitement that comes with performing the routines. In the past, the event has been held as a competition with judges and monetary prizes.

“Everyone’s keeping with the [competitive] mindset, we’re gonna go out here and show what we’ve got,” Jasmine Scott, the NPHC president, said.

This year, GreekFest was held as a more informative event rather than a competition to bring awareness and recognition to NPHC chapters. Because of this, there was no entry fee, which caused a rise in attendance.

“We had more people than we intended,” Scott said. “Our projection was 150 people, and we didn’t even have enough chairs.”

Although the competitive aspect was missing, the performers still spent hours perfecting their routines to get their chapters’ histories right.

“There’s a lot of frustration that will sometimes bring out bigger problems that we didn’t know we had with each other, and it will bring us closer because we have those sister moments,” said Taea Bonner, junior in criminal justice studies and president of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

At the end of the day, the time spent preparing what is normally a less than five minute routine was all worth it.

“I think I’ve definitely come out of my shell,” said Satoria Williams, senior in psychology and president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. “When I’m out there I feel like I’m a whole different person”.