Greek community shows its pride at Stroll Off

Groups from NPHC Greek Organizations compete in “Stroll-Off”, a multi-cultural event, held in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union on October 29th. 

Ellie Conrad

Members of the ISU greek community stepped out Thursday night to show their pride at this year’s Stroll Off.

“Rule number one: we gonna have fun,” said Leonard Bell, an ISU alumnus and the event’s emcee.

Strolling is a specific type of stepping, a dance form that uses line and circle formations to embody unity and strength, according to a video shown at the beginning of the event. These generally focus on rhythmic movements and involve clapping and chanting.

Thursday’s performances used colored lights, props, videos and various dance styles to present individual greek chapters’ values and their pride. The groups ranged from skit-styled pieces with student and teacher personas to chant-and-music-focused pieces.

Each group was given five minutes, with two rounds of performances in total. 

This year’s Stroll Off was cosponsored by the Multicultural Greek Council and Iowa State’s chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Greek Council. Several sororities and fraternities participated and more over 250 alumni, students and other spectators came to watch.

“The crowd was very alive,” said Regena Abercrombie, senior in environmental science. “Everyone was supportive.”

A panel of judges from the participating chapters judged the participants on creativity, complexity and clarity. The winning chapter, Delta Sigma Theta sorority, received $500 in addition to the $500 all participating chapters received.

“It was great,” Abercrombie said.