You usually see them in front of the Mary Couts Burnett Library on Wednesdays, but you may not know who they are. The National Pan-Hellenic Council coordinates Hump Day, an event in which historically black fraternities and sororities stroll in an effort to help make their presence known on campus.
The NPHC is a group of fraternities and sororities, who are nationally known as the “Divine Nine.” The six fraternities and sororities on campus include are Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The other three NPHC organizations are not active on campus are Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Joshua Bullock, president of NPHC and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., said strolling is a tradition that resides in the NPHC and it is a way for the organization to reach out to the TCU community.
“Strolling is something that has evolved in the ‘80s and ‘90s as a way of having a good time,” said Bullock. “It’s just a way for members of that organization to feel unified together.”
Vanessa Norris, vice president of NHPC, said she hopes the TCU community will recognize NPHC as being a part of campus.
“It’ll allow the campus to know that NPHC is here. Strutting and strolling is not the only thing we do. We push scholarship, we push community service and also leadership on campus,” said Norris.
Last Wednesday, several students stopped to watch the fraternities and sororities stroll to the music at Hump Day.
“I heard the music, and I was like ‘oh, what’s going?’ I completely u-turned to come back over here,” said sophomore English major, Nickie Vogt.
Vogt’s reaction is what Bullock, Norris and the rest of NPHC said they are striving for.
Strolling is something students who are not apart of NPHC are familiar with so they like to come and see, senior criminal justice major Zoe’ Hampton said. She said some people like to stop and take a look at someone else’s culture.
“Hump Day is not the norm here but since they decided to institute Hump Day here, it’s just a great thing to just come together and get to see what NPHC has to offer,” said Hampton.