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By Michelle Thomas
Thunderous barks and piercing cat calls reverberat- Show. As lights dimmed and the emcee introduced
ed throughout the auditorium as four sororities and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated to open the
five fraternities of the National Pan-Hellenic show with gyrating hips, and clanking canes, intense
Council prepared to dazzle the crowd at the University of anticipation blanketed the crowd. While Delta Sigma
North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 1998 Homecoming Step Theta Sorority, Incorporated and Phi Beta Sigma
Fraternity, Incorporated earned first place in the com
petition, all Greeks performed well in a spirited show.
Priding themselves on hard work and dedication,
the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Incorporated endured daily practice to
achieve first place in this year’s Step Show competi
tion. With a flashback to the 1970’s, these ladies gave
respect to their premier charter members, who not only
founded their chapter, but defeated racial barriers to
become the first Black sorority at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill on July 21, 1973. These
sultry sisters sported Afro wigs and designed big but
terfly collars and cuffs in a successful attempt to tread
on the paths of the sisters that preceded them.
Shining their flashlights, which adds flare to their
step routines, is only one aspect of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Incorporated. Simultaneously, they focus on
unifying the Greek community as well. Co-step mas
ter Janora McDuffie zealously awaited participating in
the Step Show because of the unity that it promotes.
Everybody comes together regardless of Greek affili
ation, when it matters, we come together. . . it just
shows how proud you are to be in a Greek organiza
tion, and it demonstrates teamwork, companionship
among Soros, and displays all your hard work.”
When these sophisticated sisters are not mesmer
izing audiences on stage, they center their lives around
excelling academically, by maintaining the highest
GPA of Black Greeks, and bettering the community.
Most recently, this organization raised $2300 through