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    PAGE 6 The News Argus Jan. 10,1989
10th annual American Black Achievement Awards' to be telecast through February
Saluting black excellence in several fields
of endeavor, the annual "American Black
Achievement Awards" celebrates its 10th
aimiversary show in a special photo editorial in
the January issue of EBONY magazine.
The 1988 extravaganza honors the year's
top black achievers in the categories of fine
arts, education, religion, music, public service,
dramatic arts, athletics, business and the pro
fessions, trailblazer and lifetime achievement.
This year's award recipients, who includ
ed the Rev. Jesse Jackson, TV talk show host
Oprah Winfrey, musician Lionel Hampton and
NFL star Doug Williams, were selected by a
distinguished panel of judges comprised of
ebony's "100 Most Influential Black Ameri
The "American Black Achievement
Awards" will be telecast in 100 markets
through February.
Letter organizations stay busy
with service projects, interest meetings
During the fall school semester the Pan Hel
lenic Council participated in a variety of service
programs. Here is a listing of some of the programs
that were carried out;
SEPTEMBER: Donation to the Friends of the
Library; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha,
DelU Sigma Theta, Zeu Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Psi,
Sigma Gamma Rho, Phi Beta Sigma and Omega
OCTOBER; CROP Walk for Hunger: Delus,
Ques, Sigmas, Pledges of Sigma Gamma Rho
Retinitis Pigmentosa Walkathon; Alpha Phi
Alpha and Pledges of Sigma Gamma Rho
Halloween Party for the Elderiy; Alpha Phi
NOVEMBER; Hohday food Drive; All eight
DECEMBER; Holiday and Disaster Relief
Food and Gothing Drive; All eight groups.
Christmas Caroling; Alpha Kappa Alpha and
Alpha Phi Alpha.
The president of the council is Andre Evans.
Spring Interest Meeting
By Avis Bond
The sorors of Zeu Phi Beu ^XMisored their
annual ^ning interest meeting in December. The
social gathering consisted of many undergraduate
and graduate Zetas, brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fra
ternity and women interested in becoming members
of Zeta.
These young women asked questions about the
sorority's membership requirements. At the same
time, questions were asked of the women as to why
they were interested in Zeta Phi Beta.
The sisters were very pleased with the turnout
and expressed their appreciation by offering refresh
ments at the end of the meeting. There was also an
elaborate display table for those who wanted to
view the various paraphernalia of the fust official
Greek letter sister and brother oiganizations.
Avis Bond is a sophomore majoring in
Christmas Cheer
By Avis Bond
Many people may think that Christmas is only
for the young. But the happy festivities of the
Christmas holiday can be enjoyed by all. Some of
these festivities include the exchanging of gifts or
singing Christmas cards.
On Dec. 10, such Christmas cheer was shared
with the residents of Turner's Nursing Home located
on New Walkertown Road. Members of the gradu
ate and undergraduate chapters of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority spread their holiday cheer by singing
Christmas cards. The sorors were accompanied by
the applause of the elderly, and afterwards kits were
distributed to the 21 residents by the sorority. These
kits included various toiletries and lotions, Christ
mas candy, and beauty aids for both men and
The gifts were a small token of how much
Zeta Phi Beta appreciates the aged and their wisdom
and knowledge.
By Wilton Donnell
From the outside, bein^a member of a Greek
letter organization is a big show. Everyone is accus
tomed to seeing the members sporting their letters
and colors, conducting the often hilarious pledge
periods, and ^xxisoring dances and step shows.
It is a highly visible position and often appean
to be a big party. However, there is a lot more to
being a Greek than having fun.
The pledge process is a rigorous learning pro
cess. The basics of these programs are to orient the
pledge to organization history, to develop brother
hood/sisterhood, and to leam about yourself.
After initiation, the work really begins.
Each organization has national affiliations, and
the campus chapter is an extension of the national
body that is re^)onsible for maintaining necessary
paperwork and payment of dues, which are essential
to remain active. Aside from that, the organizations
are responsible for community service projects,
some of which are national.
Being a Greek can be a lot of fun and is highly
educational, but it also involves a lot of work. The
organizations themselves have set lofty standards,
and it's up to the members to maintain them.
To sum it up, the organization, other than
name recognition, can give you only what you put
into it

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