A Thousand Words: Sept. 13, 2011

Alpha Phi Alpha brothers from left Michael Warren Jr., Tristan Jones, Mychal-Drew Moses, Dominique Adams and Kortez Ivory get ready before stepping in the Skee-Phi Yard Show last week at Garrett Ballroom.

Jabin E. Botsford

No matter which campus they go to, Alpha Phi Alphas expect to see other Alphas.

“You know you have a brother right there, and that’s just special,” said Hopkinsville senior Michael Warren Jr., WKU’s chapter president of the Alphas.

Warren explained how important the brotherhood is, and he said stepping is an important part of that.

“It just gives us a time to get together, have fun and chill — a time where you let all your stress go and forget about school and everything,” Warren said.

He said the Alphas have won the past three step show championships at WKU and is confident they will win a fourth this year.

The Skee-Phi Yard Show, which was a free step performance hosted by the Alphas and Alpha Kappa Alpha at the Garrett Ballroom, took place on Friday to help freshman become more knowledgeable about different fraternities and sororities at WKU.

“We just go out there and have a good time and hope that it helps the campus get acquainted with us,” Warren said. “It’s not as serious as the step show for homecoming because there is no competition.”

The Alphas are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year of being at WKU.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated was founded on Tuesday Dec. 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. The WKU chapter, Eta Rho, was founded Oct. 31, 1971.