Stroll-Off brings school together

Janet Pernell, Multicultural Reporter

Audience members cheered for each of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations as they hopped, jumped, shimmied and stepped to songs such as “Wat U Mean” by Dae Dae and “For Free” by DJ Khaled at Saturday’s Stroll-Off.

Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho all performed at the Stroll-Off with their own step routines.

Zeta Phi Beta and Phi Beta Sigma performed together.

The doors were scheduled to open around 7:30 p.m. Instead, audience members were let in about an hour later because of a misunderstanding about ticket purchases.

The show ended up starting about 45 minutes after everyone was seated.

Music played and the audience danced and mingled with others while they waited for the show to start.

Chanel Belton, a senior history major, said she came to support the participants of the Stroll-Off.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all the different Greeks stroll and a good show,” Belton said.

Belton said she anticipated great performances because she could tell how hard each of the organizations worked to put together their routines.

Lani Espejel, a student visiting from Aurora University, said stroll-offs were a new experience for her.

“We don’t have (stroll-offs) at AU really, so it’s different,” Espejel said. “It’s exciting to see something different and be a part of something.”

Espejel said she came to the show with her friends.

“Our Homecoming is dry and it’s just nonexistent,” Espejel said. “It’s nice going to a school where (everyone) is involved.”

Espejel said she was looking forward to all of the NPHC organizations showing off what they can do.

Ebony Smith, a senior applied engineering and technology major, said she came to the Stroll-Off to support her fellow friends in Greek organizations.

She said she wanted to experience Eastern’s atmosphere during Homecoming week.

“It’s just good coming out supporting your fellow students that go here,” Smith said.

As for the performance, Smith said she wanted to be wowed.

“I want to be flabbergasted, take me away basically,” Smith said.


Janet Pernell can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].