Record crowd for Freshman Greek show at Henderson State
As Arkansas Hall filled up on Thursday, Sept. 10, the air was thin and the tension could be cut with a knife. Along with classes, tests and books, combat boots, matching outfits and practice is what has been on the minds of some Henderson students since school started.
These students are none other than the National Pan-Hellenic Council Greeks of Henderson’s campus.
The host, Intramural Director Brandon Randle, and Garrison Center Supervisor Calvin T. Johnson kept the crowd laughing all night with games and antics for the crowd.
A spider hanging over the first row delayed the show for a minute or two, but Randle saved the day, coming off stage to kill it in the crowd.
What makes the freshman greek show so different from the other greek shows on campus? The freshman greek show is a chance for everyone in Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta to show their skills in stepping. Assistant Dean of Students Jordan O’Roark said, “I think freshman greek show is a great program for helping freshmen understand the history of the NPHC groups. It also presents a chance for groups to show of their talents as far as stepping.”
And everyone did just that when their groups hit the stage. The practice, hard work and dedication definitely showed through as each group delivered captivating performances.
Technical difficulties of the theater audio equipment caused problems all night long, but the greeks were good sports about it.
There was a small issue with seating, but nothing too major. O’Roark said, “In all my four years of working at Henderson, this was the largest crowd for a freshman greek show that I have seen by far.”
If anyone’s eyes were glued to the stage, they probably did not notice the number of people that where actually there.
Spectators not only filled the seats in the very back, but some people also had to watch from the top level of the auditorium.
Some people are worried that the homecoming greek show will have such a big turnout that the Arkansas Hall auditorium will not hold it. Homecoming being a much larger-scale greek show, as the greek organizations step for a cash prize, usually attracts people from everywhere.
Will there be enough space? O’Roark said, “I am very aware of the issues with seating in Arkansas Hall during homecoming. Last year we had so many people that we had to stop letting people in because not only was it filled to capacity, but it was a fire hazard. The Student Services Division is trying their best to provide a larger venue for homecoming to accommodate the much bigger crowd of the student body, surrounding community and people out of town.”
The freshman greek show might be intended for freshmen, but it attracted way more than that and everyone had something different to say about it.
Larry Charles, sophomore business major, said, “I thought the greek show was banging. This my second one that I have been to, but I’m really waiting on homecoming, because that’s when they pull everything out of the bag.”
All in all, like every freshman greek show, everyone delivered. The greek freshmen not only got to see some great acts, but they also got to see greek unity at its best. But the next competition will be a whole different story.
Homecoming is six weeks away, and if this was any indication of what it will be like, then no one should want to miss it.