Monday, February 25, 2013

Strolling Through The Party Walk!

By: Danielle N. Hill English 336

On, Saturday February 23, 2013 at five p.m., Frostburg State University’s (FSU) brothers of Iota Phi Theta Incorporated, hosted an event called the Party Walk. This event took place in the Armah, located in FSU’s Lane University Center and began promptly at 5 p.m. The doors opened at 4:30 p.m., allowing the guests to sit down early. Before the guests could enter they had to turn in their ticket and get their hands marked with a yellow marker. There were four sections of seating with six rows of black chairs, leaving a big space in the middle of the Armah. In attendance were FSU students and administration, family and friends of those in the competition, and fraternities from other universities including Bowie State University and the University of Pittsburg. 

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
The Party Walk was a stroll competition between four fraternities which included the 2012 defending champions, Phi Beta Sigma, Omega Psi Phi, Iota Phi Theta, and Alpha Phi Alpha. Each ticket was five dollars for students and seven dollars for general admission. FSU Alumni and member of Iota Phi Theta, Indiana Addison, was the host for the Party Walk. The judges of this stroll competition were one member from Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, Iota Phi Theta, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Omega Psi Phi, and Kappa Alpha Psi. Competing in this year’s Party Walk stroll competition was Phi Beta Sigma (Sigmas), Alpha Phi Alpha (Alphas), Iota Phi Theta (Iotas), and Omega Psi Phi (Ques).
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.
The Party Walk began at 5 p.m. and each fraternity was given seven to 10 minutes to stroll two rounds. First up was the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi went second, Phi Beta Sigma went third, and Iota Phi Theta went last. For the first round, the fraternities were dressed formally, showing off their swagger. Each fraternity incorporated their steps into a dance of some sort and strolled to a variety of songs. As they strolled, the crowd was cheering, dancing, and singing along to the songs they strolled to. You could feel the energy moving through the Armah. After the first round, there was a 20 minute intermission to allow the fraternities to change into their comfortable, but casual paraphernalia.

Adranisha Stephens 20, a junior Mass Communication major, said, "It was very exciting...there were a lot of good performances and I really liked the energy of the crowd." Stephens was not the only one who enjoyed this stroll competition, junior Liberal Arts major, Essence Mosely 20, says, "It was a good way to kick off the semester because you know classes are getting harder, the work load is getting heavy, and this gave the students an opportunity to have fun and chill." Everyone in attendance appeared to be enjoying themselves Saturday evening.When the second round ended, the judges said they would announce the winners of the 2013 Party Walk at the after party later on that night. Sophomore Athletic Training major, Terrell Littlejohn 19, says, "Performance wise, my favorites were the Iotas and the Ques." When asked who did the best strolling, Quentin McSwain 20, a sophomore Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing, enthusiastically says, "I feel that the Iotas put on the best show of the night!"

At the after party the brothers of Omega Psi Phi were announced  the winners of the Party Walk. This was one of the first events that kicked off the spring semester at FSU. According to Naode Meshesha 20, a junior Marketing major, "It was off the chain!" If you missed it this time, then be sure to come next year.

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