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Greek organizations host step show

Groups from around region on campus to compete in annual event

11/08/02

The University is hosting seven National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations and two stepping exhibition teams to a regional step show competition on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Schmidt Fieldhouse. The event is part of Greek Fest 2002, which is hosted annually by Xavier’s African-American fraternities and sororities and the black student association. Stepping is a musical dance tradition that is a common pastime of African-American fraternities and sororities in which they can express their culture, tradition and history by performing rhythmic routines to common beats. While some teams use music as a backdrop, most tell their story using bodies and by creating a beat with their feet, using their hands to initiate rhythm and their tone of voice as the narrator of the story. This year’s show, "Greek Expressions, Uniting a Community," features African-American fraternity and sorority chapters from Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Columbus, Ohio, and Dayton, Ohio, and includes teams from Iota Phi Theta fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta sorority and Sigma Gamma Rho sorority. All of these organizations are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, which facilitates the collaborative agenda of the organizations. Cost of tickets are $10 for the step show and $5 for the post-show party at 10:00 p.m. National Pan-Hellenic Council members pay $3 for the party. For tickets and more information, contact Paul James at 513 745-3181.