Written by Isaiah Smart
There’s a cold front brewing, and it will breeze through the VSU campus next week as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. presents Alpha Week 2013, “7 MO Plagues.”
Sunday will continue this semester’s Greek weeks with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. next on the calendar.
One thing that sets “7 MO Plagues” apart from any other Alpha week in the past is the two-event days that the public will get to participate in Sunday through Thursday.
The Mu Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha will begin the week with a day of church service at 11 a.m. at Crossing Jordan Baptist Church located at 1401 Cypress St.
Sunday evening will bring a movie night at 7:06 p.m. in the Bailey Science Auditorium 1023.
“Our annual Alpha week allows us to give back to the community which has supported our initiatives to make a positive impact on campus,” Will Jimerson, chapter secretary and webmaster, said.
One of the most anticipated events of all Greek weeks is the cookout.
On Monday, the Alphas will host their cookout, The Feast of Kings, from noon to 3 p.m. at Palms Quad with Phi Mu. Phamily Pheud will follow the cookout at 7:06 p.m. in Jennett Lecture Hall 111.
The organization, founded in 1906 at Cornell University, establishes itself on service and will give the student body a chance to participate on Tuesday. There will be a March of Dimes fundraiser on the Pedestrian Mall from noon to 3 p.m.
“Our organization has no plans on gaining anything from this year’s events,” Kam Farrow, chapter treasurer and special events coordinator, said. “Instead, we have worked diligently to provide events that give back to our community that being our university, the city of Valdosta, our nation and to provide a fun and interactive week with the campus.”
Tuesday, Pharaoh’s Appearance, will conclude with a professionalism forum at 7:06 p.m. in the Student Union Theater.
On Wednesday the Mu Omicron chapter will present Encoding Intelligence to campus. The first event will be a clothing/school supplies drive on the Pedestrian Mall from noon until 3 p.m.
The second event will be the Black Leaders Empowerment Summit at 7:06 p.m. in Jennett Lecture Hall 2211.
Farrow has high hopes for the forum and expects it to be the greatest event of the week.
“Our week is the last week in February, essentially ending Black History Month and we felt there is no better way to go out than on a positive note that consists of the leaders of our campus speaking about leadership and our potential for great things,” Farrow said.
Thursday, The Dialect of Reason, will bring the campus an oratorical competition at 7:06 p.m. in the University Center Theater.
“The Mu Omicron chapter provides a host of educational, service, social, and personal development forums and special events on campus throughout every year,” Jimerson said.
Speeches in the competition will focus on the issue of equality for all people.
The winner will be awarded a prize of $100.
Friday the Alphas will present their event, The Fate of Rhythm. The men in black and gold will start the day by participating in the Black History Month Celebration at 8:30 a.m. at J.L. Newbern Middle School.
At 3:06 p.m., Black Student League will collaborate to bring Stroll Like an Alpha to the Student Union Ballroom B & C.
Teams of girls will put together their best routines of strolling using signature moves of the Alphas and compete against one another in the event.
Alpha week will conclude with “Road to Redemption” at 9 a.m. on Saturday with a day of service cleaning Baytree Road at The Grove. Students are encouraged to participate.
“I have enjoyed the sense of brotherhood and the experience to utilize my leadership skills to continue the legacy of Mu Omicron and strive to fulfill the mission that our beloved founders envisioned,” Jimerson said.
The entire campus will get a chance to be apart of this legacy in the upcoming week. For more information of the week’s events follow the Alphas on twitter at @MuOmicron1906.