Sorority hosts variety of weeklong events
Sorority members of Zeta Phi Beta spent the week of Oct. 31 – Nov. 6 hosting a party, while encouraging students to be civic minded and mentoring students at an elementary school, among other activities.
Alexandria Taylor, junior music major and the Zetas’ president, said she was surprised by the turnout. “All of our events have been successful all week.”
The Zetas held a “Red, White and Blue Party” at 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. The patriotic theme of the party was to encourage unregistered students to register to vote at the door. “There are too many college students that aren’t registered to vote,” Taylor said. Those who registered to vote saved $5 on the $7 cover charge.
The Zetas met with Phi Beta Sigma at Seventh Street Elementary School in North Little Rock Wednesday, Nov. 3. “It’s actually a mentoring program that we have ongoing,” Taylor said. The group mentors sixth grade students on a regular basis. Many still contact the students they met last year. “We’re not old to them,” Taylor said. “They trust us like we’re their big brothers and sisters.”
They also hosted a discussion panel on Wednesday night labeled “What Men Want.” The panel was comprised of men from UALR’s Greek community and other male students. Taylor said a lot of female freshmen attended the discussion to hear what young men are looking for in the opposite sex. “Everyone had so much fun that they didn’t want it to end,” she said.
Thursday night they sponsored “Open Mic Night” in the Donaghey Student Center. “We had a lot of poets,” Taylor said. “It was really like a poetry slam.” Simone Lewis, president of the Student Government Association, attended the event and read some of her poetry, along with other poets, rappers and singers that performed.
The Zetas brought the week to an end Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Arkansas Aids Walk. Taylor joined other UALR Greeks in representing the campus for the benefit.