Yard show celebrates history

Greek event re-enacts black history, gathers donations


Photo by Laura Lango

EWU’s dance team “Code Red strikes a pose at the yard show.

By Alla Drokina, Staff Writer

The annual Yard Show event, hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), gave it and the Diversified Greek Council organizations the opportunity to strut their stuff with their strolling and stepping routines, each with a historic twist honoring Black History Month.

The event was on Feb. 27 in the PUB MPR from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Attendees were encouraged to bring a donation to attend the show; over 250 lbs of canned goods were collected and donated to the Cheney Food Bank and Cheney Clothing Exchange.

All the seats were filled and several students were forced to stand, lining the backside of the MPR.

“We gave it our all,” said Michaela Morse, chapter president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She said the turnout proved successful.

Several groups, such as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., chose to reenact an event pertaining to black history the year their sorority or fraternity was founded.

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority presented a reenactment of the Women’s Suffrage March from a black woman’s perspective. There was a voice-over narration in the beginning of the staged reenactment, while Delta Sigma Theta members, donned costumes from the 1900s and marched in unison. Along with the Women’s Suffrage March, events presented were the Negro Baseball League and the Civil Rights Movement.

According to Seairra Wheatley, co-coordinator of the event and Delta Sigma Theta secretary, the organizations that were involved were the Diversified Greek Council, Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority, the Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority and Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity.

These groups’ performances consisted of descriptions of their organization history, strolling and stepping. Wheatley explained that strolling and stepping looks like uniform dancing in a line to a routine.

“It’s like making a beat with your hands and feet,” said Wheatley.

“It was great to have a lot of young students in the crowd getting the Greek influence early on,” said Marquis Powe, vice president for Eta Iota Chapter of the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity. “That way if Greek life is something that they’re interested in, events like these are outlets for them to come out and express that interest.”

Powe said the event was a proud moment for him.

“[It was special] just to see the transition and growth of the Greek organizations on campus,” said Powe. “Going from doing yard shows four or five years till now, it’s just crazy watching the younger cats within your own respective organizations step up to the plate.”