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Alpha Phi Alpha hosts Alpha Week

Events are held on campus weekly and this week was no different.  

From Monday, Nov. 11 to Thursday, Nov. 14 the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity hosted their ‘Alpha Week’ around campus. Alpha Week is full of events where they interact with other students on campus and create awareness for their fraternity. Some of their events include Let’s Talk Safe, Trap and Paint, and their second annual Stomp-a-Palooza.  

On Monday, Nov. 11, the Alpha Phi Alpha members kicked off their week with the Lets Talk Safe seminar in the Overman Student Center’s Governors Room. This event was to educate students on things like safe sex, choosing partners wisely, sexual abuse, consent, and more. The students also engaged in a raw and open talk session where they could ask things they’ve always wanted to know. They ended with a sex quiz where sophomore, Courtlynn Rose, scored perfectly and won a free entry to their next party. The party will be held Dec. 7 at the Mirza Shrine Center at 11 p.m. 

Graduating senior and Vice President of the Fraternity, DeMarcus Edwards, believes conversations like these are important to have.  

“Talking about safe sex, especially at our age, I think is a really important topic,” Edwards said. “Not only because of the misinformation and misconceptions, but also to educate our peers.” 

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Alphas hosted their first ‘Trap and Paint.’ This event consisted of trap or rap music being played while students painted and conversed.  

Senior and art expert, Morgan Jackson, led the event. She brought in her art piece and aided the students in creating their own versions of her work on canvases. After completion, the Alphas and Jackson judged the work.  

Sophomore Cassidy Pankratz won the competition and she was awarded Jackson’s art piece.  

Alpha Week wouldn’t be Alpha Week without an event where they give students and people on campus the opportunity to get to know more about the fraternity. The members held an interest and awareness seminar in the Overman Student Center at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The event provided information regarding what they represent, the kind of work that they do, and requirements to be eligible to join.  

“Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities,” said President of the fraternity and graduating senior Nathaniel Simmons.  

Edwards also added in on what the fraternity’s goals and values are.  

“Here at PSU, we believe in upholding our mission statement and tell the interests quality and characteristics Alpha men uphold,” Edwards said. 

On Wednesday, Nov. 13 the Alphas hosted Skate Night at Lowes Skateway from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a three-dollar entry fee. Anyone was invited to go roller blade and have a good time.  

To wrap up Alpha Week, the Alphas hosted their second annual Stomp-a-Palooza on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Bicknell Center. This event is an opportunity for the Alphas to combine with the sororities on campus and produce a step show. This year there were two teams where an alpha is assigned to each and create a 5-10-minute step performance.  

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