Not Your Ordinary Business Conference

Who said you couldn’t mix business with pleasure as Association of Tennessee Alphamen host the district convention in Chattanooga.

By Bryson Simpson

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.(UTC/TheLoop)–The 2010 District Convention took place November 18 – 21 at the Sheraton Read House hotel. The District Convention had several events such as, business meetings, Ms. Black and Gold pageant, step show, oratorical, as well as others. Check online here for an overview of the hotel.

The Association of Tennessee Alphamen consists of 21 graduate and undergraduate chapters that are all over the state of Tennessee. 18 of the 21 chapters attended the District Convention this year. to learn more about ATA

The first day of District Convention was a meet and greet for all of the members of Association of Tennessee Alphamen. During the meet and greet the fraternity members did several teamwork building exercises with other chapters then their own. Also, the fraternity members performed strolls with different chapters.

After the meet and greet, the fraternity members from each chapter began to register delegates for the District Convention. The chosen delegates received gifts and free entrances to all the events during District Convention weekend. The last event of the day was brotherhood fellowship, where the undergraduate and graduate members congregate with each other.


The next day of the District Convention started with a business meeting about the importance of Health care for African Americans and getting routine checkups. They also, stated how some of the older fraternity members should be more open about routine checkups and encourage other people to get checkups as well.

After the Health care meeting, the voting for Assistant Area Director started. Brandon Batts from MTSU and Daniel Ashley from ETSU were the candidates up for election. Daniel Ashley was elected the new Assistant Area Director after all the votes were casted. To find out more about the Health care achievement

The Scholars Bowl was the next event that took place. The Scholars bowl is when all of the undergraduate fraternity members compete in a Jeopardy style trivia game. The Scholars Bowl consists of two rounds. After the first round the two chapters with the highest score will compete in the final round. UT Martin and ETSU were the two chapters that made it to the final round, with ETSU pulling out the victory in sudden death.

The last event of the day was Ms. Black and Gold. Eight chapters had the winner of their chapter Ms. Black and Gold compete in the pageant. The competition consists of swimsuit, talent, formal, and question answer. The pageant was so exciting because the competition was more intense then the chapter pageants. UT Martin queen won first place and will move on to compete at the Regional Convention. Information about the pageant is here

Winner of District Ms. Black and Gold Ashley White

Third day of District Convention started with a college brother luncheon. The luncheon was for undergraduate fraternity members; also the luncheon had guest speakers talking about the importance of implementing our national programs, which are Project Alpha, Voteless People is a Hopeless People, and Go to High School Go to College.

The college brother luncheon then leads into the Oratorical Contest. The Oratorical Contest consists of one member of each chapter giving a fifteen minute speech about a specific topic. Lane College, TSU, and Vanderbilt competed in the contest and the topic was Internet homeland security. Channing Bailey from TSU won the oratorical contest with his entertaining rap which tied into the topic.

College brother luncheon

Then came the highly anticipated step show where 18 chapters competed for who would win, and move on to step at the Regional Convention. Also, the district step show brings out the friendly rivalry because the winner also gets bragging rights. TSU received first place, MTSU received second, and UTC received fourth. Information on the step show can be found here

After the District Convention there was a ceremony for Fraternity member Arlyce Garth that recently had his 60th anniversary in the fraternity. The ceremony had several skits in that were entertaining. The fraternity members that were hosting the District Convention presented him with a life membership card.

There were parties for the undergraduate fraternity members both Friday and Saturday. Information about each party can be found here As District Convention ends, Regional Convention are right around the corner in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Multicultural Center Heads Black History Month Events

By: Olivia Bradley

Chattanooga—(UTC/The Loop) New Multicultural Student Center showcases Black History month events for students.

One group on campus has been an integral part of multiple functions revolving around Black History month. The Multicultural Center has promoted over a dozen events for nearly every day of February.  This center has worked in conjunction with other groups including Greek organizations as well as ACE and The UTC chapter of NAACP.

The Multicultural Student Center

The Multicultural Student Center

The Multicultural Center is located on the third floor of the university center in a room that was once empty. January 30, 2009 was the opening of the now one-year-old center. According to UTC’s website Chancellor Roger Brown quoted Margaret Mead stating at that time, “If we are to achieve a richer culture, rick in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”

After their opening, the Multicultural Center has developed events during black history month that catered to different students on campus. Some events were specifically for women such as “Girl Talk Womanhood: Do we fit the description of a Queen” which discussed issues of life as a woman today. February 15 was dedicated to the Lady Mocs as a “Celebration of African-American females contributions to sports program.” This was a party with pizza drinks, and giveaways for students in attendance.

The Multicultural Center also incorporated the arts into their Black History month celebration. Actor and comedian Stogie Kenyatta performed “The World is my Home-The Life of Paul Roberson on Feb. 1. This was followed by events such as a jazz and poetry night as well a screening of the film “School Daze”.

Multicultural Center Event

Multicultural Center Event

The final event being hosted by the Multicultural Center is the Black History Month Awards Show and Dance. The $5 dance benefits Haitian relief and is a semi-formal event that will feature a photographer and red carpet.  Graduate assistant Kristopher Davis of Memphis Tenn. says,“The purpose of this event is to teach students about the accomplishments of noted African Americans such as Alvin Ailey, Madam C.J. Walker, and Booker T. Washington just to name a few,” Davis continues, “But to also acknowledge students as well as student groups for their accomplishments and contributions to the UTC campus and Chattanooga community as well.”

Davis considered more than one event to be rather successful for the Multicultural Student Center. “We hosted Jazz and Poetry Night featuring Rhyme N Chat and the UTC Performance Theatre Society that packed the Multicultural Center. Davis stated he also was proud of the Celebration African American Females and Males Contributions to Athletics.  “These were two separate events, but each one allowed students to learn about our African American athletes in all sports.  Some of the athletes had an opportunity to come over and meet with students and take pictures,” said Davis.

Another event that incorporates UTC students during Black History month is the 6th annual step show. This is a showcase of Greek and Non-Greek steppers competing for cash prize Feb. 27 in the Memorial Auditorium. This event is open to the general public and is hosted by comedian Lil Duval.

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UTC Fraternity Prepares for Black History Month Step Show

By: Janay Roberson

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop)—As Black History Month comes to an end, UTC’s Eta Phi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity makes last minute preparations to their step routine, which they have been practicing in anticipation for the 6th annual Black History Month Step Show will be February 27  at 6:00 p.m. in The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium.

Members of Eta Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha

Members of Eta Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha

The step show is held annually in the spirit of Black History Month. It is a family oriented show that traces back to the early 1950’s and is deeply rooted in traditions. Power 94 and Deep End Entertainment bring together fraternities and sororities such as Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, and many more from around the country to compete in the no holds barred step show.

“The meaning of the step show is to show unity of the black Greek organization,” says Eta Phi chapter member, Ronald Sutton. “It shows the leadership of black Greeks serving the community to help lift mankind spirits by showing that African-Americans can come together in a positive way without violence.”

Fraternities and Sororities competing in the 6th annual Black History Month Step Show

Fraternities and Sororities competing in the 6th annual Black History Month Step Show

UTC’S Eta Phi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is no stranger to the step show because they compete every year. Eta Phi chapter member, Junior, Bryson Simpson says this year’s step show will be even better than last year’s. “Our theme this year is “Graduation/Nerds. What we are trying to do this year is incorporate more steps,” says Simpson. The step show generally draws over 3000 people from all over who come to cheer on their favorite Greek organizations and step teams.

In addition to student performances, nationally known comedian, Lil Duval, will host the show. Also there will be celebrity performances at the show including: Young Dro, Skinny Playa, Tierra Mari, The OMG Girlz, and Pretty Ricky.

Simpson expects that this year celebrities will bring a bigger crowd than last year’s. “It is going to be a good show. I believe it will be comical and entertaining at the same time, so I hope everybody will come out and support the step show,” says Simpson.

General Admission tickets are $16 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. Tickets may be purchased at Tisdale Fashions on Brainerd Rd. and the following Kanku’s convenience stores locations: Wilcox Blvd., Market St., and 4th Ave.

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