NPHC Greek Unity Fest reflects reactivation, collaboration through performance

By Ava Lombardi ASSISTANT COPY EDITOR April 14, 2024

On April 13, the National Pan-Hellenic Council hosted their annual Step Show. As an opening act, members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity flocked to the stage to perform together in a step show.

As members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) awaited the winner of this year’s Greek Unity Fest step show on Saturday, classic ‘90s hits echoed through Schine’s Goldstein Auditorium. After their chapter was called, members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority raced to the stage to accept their trophy.

“The level of community and togetherness that it took to organize this weekend was really special,” said Niara McIntyre, NPHC’s president. “I am so proud of my council for coming together to put on these really important events.”

The NPHC consists of nine historically Black International Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities. Every year, NPHC puts on Greek Unity Fest, a weekend-long showcase of Black Greek life meant to bridge the gap between students and faculty, McIntyre said. This year, Greek Unity Fest consisted of two events: a performance from rapper Lola Brooke on Friday and a step show on Saturday.

While the Greek Unity Fest previously only featured one organized event — either a concert or step show — this past weekend was McIntyre’s first since joining the NPHC in 2022 that featured both events. She attributed the change to the “reactivation and continued intake” of certain chapters.

“The commitment from these nine organizations made it a lot easier to put on these two events,” McIntyre said. “Having more people become involved in these organizations means they become stronger, and Greek Unity Fest was truly an all-hands-on-deck effort.”

Saturday’s “A School Daze Step Show” was themed after the 1988 film of the same name with acts incorporating music and other movies from the era throughout their performance. Each participating organization performed a stepping routine, a form of dance popularized in the 1960s that combines traditional African dancing with, among other elements, tap and cheerleading.