Naya Jacobs | Staff Writer
After much anticipation, the unveiling of the Greek Plaza will be held this Friday, October 9 during the annual Homecoming Bazaar. The Greek Plaza will serve as a landmark for National Pan Hellenic Council members and show their allegiance with one another, They hope to promote Greek unity and continue a tradition for generations to come.
Hampton University initiated a fundraising campaign of $1 million to raise enough money for the construction and maintenance of the plaza. The university asked past and present NPHC members of the campus to institute a goal of $110,000 from each organization to go towards the plaza. Hampton University’s website stated, “The Divine Nine Greek Plaza Campaign is an ongoing campaign until all Divine Nine members have met their goal of $110,000.”
Recently, the ladies of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated raised $217,614.21. The ladies of the Gamma Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated also raised $208,412.01 towards the project. These two organizations have surpassed their initial goal, and the rest of the money raised is going to a scholarship of their choice. With the anticipation of over 500 greek organizational members attending homecoming this weekend, there will be a reception for those who donated to the construction of the plaza.
The design of the plaza gives each Divine Nine organization their own plot. Traditionally, Greeks used to gather around Ogden Circle in fellowship with other students by the old café, Virginia Cleveland Hall. The Greek Plaza is now outside of the Student Center facing the Office of Student Activities, in a more prominent area.
Outside of the student center is the perfect location for this plaza because students socialize daily around that area.The student center is a central area where students come for events and fun, so adding the plaza only makes this zone of campus more interactive and engaging.
“The location is excellent because it is adjacent to the student center where it is the hub of student activities and directly across from Armstrong Stadium,” said Ms. Joy Jefferson, a Hampton alumnus and the Vice President of External Relations. Ms. Jefferson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
Andrew R. Williams, a P3 Pharmacy major from Suffolk, Virginia, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated of the Gamma Iota Chapter said, “I believe that the new plaza will bring a newness and unity to the yard. The Greek Plaza is long overdue and hopefully it will enhance the social experience at Hampton.”
The Greek plaza will mean a lot to the organizations, because they can hold events, stand in Greek unity, and most importantly, create traditions. Hampton University is known for making traditions and keeping them alive, this plaza is allowing more tradition to be left on campus.