Fraternity showcases new members

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    The Brown-Lupton University Union Auditorium was packed Monday evening with students, family and various members of Greek-letter organizations from other universities to welcome the new members of Kappa Alpha Psi.

    The TCU chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi hosted their new member showcase to kick off its annual Kappa Week events.

    “The purpose of a new member showcase is to bring awareness to the public the new members of a Greek letter organization,” secretary Stanley Ford said. “It is also to show the hard work that was put into the new member education process.”

    The fraternity initiates new members each year depending on interest, Ford, a sophomore computer information technology major, said.

    During the showcase, new members perform choreographed dances and strolls with stepping that are tied to the African roots to entertain the crowd, Ford said.

    “These are intertwined in the history of our organizations, so it’s important that we pay homage to that in a showcase,” Ford said.

    First year-political science major Diona Willis said the public revealing of the new members is entertaining because it’s supposed to be a secret.

    “Since it’s kept a secret who is ‘online’ in historically black organizations, people are excited to see which of their friends are becoming new members,” Ford said.

    The new member showcase is the first set of events for Kappa Week, Ford said.

    “The thing I’m looking forward to most for Kappa Week is the general public getting to see the [new members] in the limelight and doing work for the fraternity,” Ford said.

    Below is a list of the upcoming events:

    • Monday: New Member Showcase in BLUU Auditorium
    • Tuesday: Backyard Games in the Campus Commons at 5 p.m.
    • Wednesday: Community Service
    • Thursday: Kappa Krush the Mic in BLUU Auditorium at 8:30 p.m. for $3
    • Friday: Powderpuff football in the indoor stadium at 7:30 p.m. and Kappa Kickback at 10 p.m.
    • Saturday: Fish Fry in the Rec Center pool area at 1:11 p.m.