Greek life steps its way into the spotlight
The 2012 NPHC Step Show rocked the Murphy Center for the 32nd consecutive year Oct. 5 to celebrate homecoming on a high note.
The stakes were high for competitors with the overall winner taking home $1500, the best fraternity $500 and best sorority $500. Delta Sigma Theta sorority took home best overall.
“Months of hard work have paid off,” said Shayla Humphreys, Delta Sigma Theta member and senior majoring in social work.
Iota Phi Theta won best fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta won best sorority.
To kick off the show, The Loyalty Dance Team, seen on America’s Got Talent, performed with a “queen and her subjects” theme, a high-energy, intense routine that set the bar for the rest of the performers.
Iota Phi Theta fraternity got the stepping started for competitors. The performance took the audience on a safari examining the fraternity’s centaur symbol. The centaur’s ferocity led into their lighthearted, amusing “mating rituals,” as described by the safari leader.
Travelling from Atlanta’s Morehouse College, the Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity showcased the plight of nerds desperately attempting to pass gym and get the girl.
As the first sorority took the stage, Delta Sigma Theta set the bar high for the rest of the competitors with an interesting story with DST22X100, which told the story of mishaps as a prospective buyer of toy robots activates their step routine.
Krazi Technique representing MPAC, an MTSU performing arts company, entertained the crowd during intermission with their bank robber-themed act.
“The step show is the most anticipated event of homecoming,” said Paige Fralix, a Krazi Technique member and a junior accounting major.
Performing a take on the Stepford Wives were the women of Sigmaville, Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, who showed off the attributes women have strived for historically.
As the last Greek act of the night, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority acted out a rendition of Kill Bill in full pink jumpsuits with slow motion fights and stepping, which had the crowd on their feet for potions of the act.
Representing Cat Choreography, Cat Cru ended the show showcasing young talent performing as students in school.
“It is very vital to the African-American student community as it is the one event dedicated just to us,” said Meghan Griggs, co-chair of the step show and senior in mass communication. “It’s big for the diversity on the campus.”
Griggs said the step show is one of the biggest events on campus with 3,000 people attending this year.