Scary movies inspire sorority with week of fright and fun
Signs in the DSC read, “1, 2, SG Rho’s coming for you!” Sigma Gamma Rho, a National Pan-Hellenic Council sorority, was promoting “Nightmare on Sigma Street,” a week of fright-filled events, to benefit community and nationwide programs.
The haunted week began Sunday, Oct. 17, with a “Scare the Devil Off” worship service at Saint John Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock.
The week’s events and spooky theme was planned by the sorority’s small membership of six sisters. Sigma Gamma Rho president Brittany Williams, junior sociology major, said that the sorority is still new and growing. “Our chapter had only two members a couple of years ago,” she said.
Events included a presentation on facts about HIV, a “Skull and Bones Clean Up” on Chester Street, the “Haunted Runway,” a costume fashion show and the “Room 1922 Throwback Mixer.” The sorority appropriately titled the party “Room 1922” in honor of the year the sorority was founded in Indiana.
Williams said the events helped to raise money for the sorority’s national philanthropic program, Project Reassurance. She said, “Project Reassurance is a program that reassures girls that get pregnant in high school.” The program also offers education and support for expectant teenage parents.
In partnership with Written in Stone, the Student Government Association and Alpha Phi Alpha, the sorority also helped to raise money for a local charity with “The Slam” on Thursday, Oct. 21. Students could have the $2 entry fee waived by donating two canned goods. Proceeds and canned goods from “The Slam” and mixer benefited the Arkansas Foodbank.
After a week of scary movie themed events, UALR students nearly filled the theater for a showing of “Pet Sematery” at the “Haunted Cemetery” movie night. “We chose ‘Pet Cemetery’ because our mascot is a poodle,” Williams said.