By Emily Fruge
Students are buzzing around with excitement because of the big news of a new sorority and fraternity joining Greek Life community for the spring of 2016. LSU has invited Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) and Iota Phi Theta to return for the upcoming school year. National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is proud to invite the women and men of these chapters to be once again a part of the Greek community. NPHC is excited to give students the opportunity to become a part of Greek Life by adding AKA and Iota Phi Theta back to LSU.
Alpha Kappa Alpha
AKA is the oldest chapter for African American women and was first established in 1972 on campus. They have not been a part of LSU Greek world for five years now, but will become a part of it again in 2016. They emphasize service to all and recognize the importance of the bonds of sisterhood. They focus on caring for and nurturing others. By carrying out this action, they are fulfilling their motto of “nourishing their ivy.” They strive to create and maintain healthy relationships by thinking of others. Katina Semien, President of Gamma Eta Omega Chapter –AKA expresses her excitement on their return to LSU.
“I hope AKA will continue to set an example for others by being the role models that they are,” said Semien. “Our motto is service to all mankind, and I believe that AKA will continue to live by that creed.”
Iota Phi Theta
Iota Phi Theta, a fraternity founded in 1963 at a university in Maryland, will also join LSU Greek Life in 2016. This fraternity is an African American Greek Letter organization who strive for the virtues of Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Fidelity and Brotherhood. The main thing this fraternity focuses on is service; they have several members who are part of the military and public service. Their members are also known for thriving in the business world, becoming professional athletes and joining the media and entertainment industry.
By adding Alpha Kappa Alpha and Iota Phi Theta to Louisiana State University, we are adding to the number members from international Greek letter chapters to the National Pan-Hellenic Council. This allows Greek Life to become a more diverse organization. Greek Life is an incredible part of the college experience. With the numerous benefits of going Greek, the bonds you will hold on to and cherish forever make the top of the list. By inviting another sorority and fraternity to campus, more people will be able to become part of an organization that offers so much. I, along with many others, am excited to see what amazing things these chapters have to offer to LSU in 2016.