BY NIMPAMYA JANAT NAMARA
The Salisbury University community will be seeing more of the pink and green on campus with the strong return of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority Mu Chi chapter.
Monday night marked the initiation of 16 new members into the Mu Chi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first historically black sorority established in 1908 at Howard University.
The Mu Chi chapter has initiated three “Family Lines” at SU, spring 2013’s “Resurrection,” spring 2014’s “Next Generation” and spring 2016’s “16 Pearls of AKAstruction.”
The “16 Pearls of AKAstruction” is comprised of 16 members, ranging from freshmen to senior undergraduate students hailing from a variety of academic schools.
The probate showcasing the “16 Pearls of AKAstruction” was attended by family members of the new members and other Greek life from the SU campus and University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The probate was intended to highlight the new members’ commitment to sisterhood and their intent to perform charitable works within the community.
The event started with the new members of Alpha Kappa Alpha marching in unison into the Wicomico Room masked in black sunglasses and wearing pink head scarves, while singing a traditional sorority song.
During the event the new members recited the organization’s purpose and who the founding members were.
According to the organization’s website, prospective members must have maintained at least a C plus average to be considered for membership. Past experiences doing community service and other forms of charity are also emphasized. President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Nataiya Riley said she thought the turn out of the event was great as the room was filled to capacity.
“We are beyond proud of the 16 lovely ladies now the newest members, of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and know that they will do great things within the sorority as well as on campus,” Riley said.
Aeriel Crawford, a new member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, said she joined because of the rewarding and long time advantages the sisterhood has to offer.
“I never had a sister and longed for lasting relationships, “Crawford said. “Being in this sorority has so far taught me leadership skills and teamwork.”
“We hope this illustrious sisterhood is everything they desired and more,” Vice President Brooke Evans said.