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The men of the Upsilon Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. joined the efforts to promote voter registration in an old-fashioned dance-off on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The Gaines Theatre was packed with students eager to see their friends’ moves as the fraternity hosted its first annual “Stroll to the Polls” philanthropy event.
Alpha Phi Alpha raised over $900 for their philanthropy “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People,” an Alpha Phi Alpha program dedicated to promoting political awareness and empowerment.
“This event was a vision of brothers before us: Brother Timothy Lamar Daniels II, Brother Kristopher Antwon Gant and Brother Benjamin Kite Roseberry. Our current chapter decided to carry out their vision and enhance it to perfection,” said junior Calvin “CJ” Stanford, President of Alpha Phi Alpha.
The Stroll to the Polls event consisted of eight participating teams: Alpha Phi, The Macon Magnolias (Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu), Gamma Phi Beta, Zeta Tau Alpha, Kappa Delta Rho, Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi and L.A.D.I.E.S. In order to promote voter registration, the winners were determined based on votes received from a ballot every member of the audience was given upon arrival. Alpha Phi took home first place, followed by The Macon Magnolias in second and Gamma Phi Beta in third.
“Delta Sigma Theta was my favorite performance of the night because of the history of strolling they incorporated throughout their routine. It was exciting to see authentic strolling,” said senior Lindsay Cole.
“I loved working with girls from another organization. It was fun dancing and competing with them,” said senior Alex Campanelli-Jones, a member of The Macon Magnolia team.
Stroll to the Polls was a performance and choreography opportunity for students, who practiced for weeks preceding the event. “I would never miss an opportunity to choreograph or be a part of a team. I’ve been a dancer for 14 years, so whenever I have time I’m choreographing something in my head,” said sophomore Maggie Schroeder, choreographer for the Gamma Phi Beta team.
Only three members of Alpha Phi Alpha planned the stroll-off, and they said it took a lot of hard work and dedication. “It shows that if you plan, use resources and take on responsibility, you can create a successful event,” said Stanford.
Alpha Phi Alpha’s upcoming events include an informational seminar, and “Activity hour” with the National PanHellenic Council, Inc. on Oct. 24 and the tailgate during Homecoming.