Diversity in Greek Life: A New Status Quo

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PC community members supporting their fellows students, Ryan Burgess and Brien Washington, who "crossed" with the Newberry chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. | Courtesy of PC Omega Psi Phi

Kendra Talley, Staff Writer

Over the weekend, many PC students gathered at Newberry College to support their fellow classmates who “crossed” (joined) the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Since Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is not available on Presbyterian College’s campus, students who would like to be a part of the organization have the option to join the existing chapter at Newberry College.

The two students who crossed, Ryan Burgess and Brien Washington, had an overwhelming amount of support from PC students of all different backgrounds. This support seems to show that the culture of PC is becoming more tolerant, more accepting, and perhaps most importantly, more inclusive. This transition is very important for PC and holds a great deal of promise for the future as it pertains to Greek life here on campus.

Curtis Bey, and senior at PC and a member of the Omega Psi Phi charter line believes that this past weekend holds a great deal of potential for Greek life on PC’s own campus if PC’s new connection with the Newberry chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi proves to be the first step to bringing another historically black fraternity to PC.

“It was great to see another Divine 9 Greek organization where PC students are connected with them. There was a great turnout from PC. Going through the process of bringing another Divine 9 Greek organization on campus is great for our institution, which sometimes seems reluctant to change. It will be big to have another historically black fraternity here.”

For students interested in a greater diversity of Greek life options, the future looks bright, and it’s an exciting time to be a Blue Hose.