By Hannah Benson
Elon University was host to the school’s fifth annual “Set It Off” Stroll-Off this past
Saturday, bringing together the greek communities and dedicating a few hours to the culture of the NPHC fraternities.
The event was hosted by the Sigma Delta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, which is known for its dance moves and public presence.
The event brought together many PHA sororities who had been practicing for a few months under the vise of Alpha Phi Alpha member Alonzo Cee to fine tune their moves for the big event. These PHA sororities included Alpha Omicron Pi, Kappa Delta, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Xi Delta and Zeta Tau Alpha. The NPHC organizations that were featured in the performance were as follows; Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Omega Psi Phi and Chi Upsilon Sigma. The event began at 5 pm and lasted until about 7, with an after party following at Elon’s College Street Taphouse.
The event was hosted by Elon junior William Henderson, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity with a flair for public speaking. The event was sponsored by a number of local restaurants and businesses, from Elon’s The Root to Burlington Greek staple Mykonos’ Grill. Henderson employed playful banter about the sponsors to give them the recognition they deserved.
Each organization took the stage in the order they were announced, most appearing in matching outfits and dancing before screaming crowds of their fellow members. For instance, Elon’s Kappa Delta dancers were featured in large shirts sporting the close-up faces of dogs and hooded sweatshirts. The dancers from Zeta Tau Alpha sported the same sorority tank top, and the dancers from Alpha Omicron Pi wore customized shirts, printed with Alonzo Cee’s face on them, front and center. Additionally, the sisters of Sigma Kappa took to the stage in silk robes with shirts sporting the separate letters of their sorority on them, which joined together when they stood in a line and removed their robes.
After a couple of hours of dancing, it became time for the winners to be announced. Henderson took his time before announcing the winners of the PHA category. The crowd held its breath until he announced the runner up – Sigma Kappa and the winners – Alpha Xi Delta. The crowd roared for them.
After this, Henderson announced the winners of the girls’ and boys’ NPHC categories. Girls – Chi Upsilon Sigma, and Boys – Alpha Phi Alpha.
The winners, additionally, received a $500 donation from Alpha Phi Alpha at Elon to their sorority’s philanthropy. That was an added bonus the winners hadn’t heard about prior.
The winners of the stroll off are lined up to perform at the University of North Carolina in the upcoming weeks against other winning groups from the area.