NPHC step show canceled

JABIN BOTSFORD/Herald From left, Mt. Sterling senior Tristan Jones, Louisville junior Josh Miller and Hopkinsville senior Michael Warren Jr represent Alpha Phi Alpha on Sept. 9, 2011 in the Skee-Phi Yard Show in Garrett Ballroom.

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The step show hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council has been canceled this year due to “logistical issues.”

The step show has been a popular homecoming tradition since it was first brought to WKU in 1969 in Downing University Center.

The NPHC consists of WKU’s nine historically African-American sororities and fraternities that organize educational programs, dances and other events.

A large portion of proceeds from  events such as the step show normally go toward the NPHC’s scholarship funds, awarded yearly to two students.

Kenneth Johnson, assistant director of Student Activities and NPHC adviser, said in an email the cancellation is regrettable.

“Unfortunately, there were logistical issues, which could not be overcome which resulted in the cancellation of this event,” Johnson said.

Lloren Foster, Omega Psi Phi adviser, said he didn’t have a comment about the cancellation.

Some students were disappointed to discover the step show is canceled.

Louisville freshman Shelby Alexander said she didn’t know the step show has been canceled and looked forward to going.

“I wanted to go to it because it’s my first year and I wanted to get that experience,”Alexander said.

Liberian junior Mariama Kamara said she went last year with her family.

“I’m very upset, because it was fun for all of my family, especially my little brother,” she said. “He’s in a little dance crew and he loved to see them step.”

Kamara said she hopes there will be a step show next year so she can invite  her cousin from Arizona.

“I wanted to invite her because it would show her how fun college is and encourage her to come here,” she said.

Johnson said the council is committed to the step show and looks forward to hosting the event in the future.