Caleb Jones

NPHC gets real with UM students

On Feb. 26, the Tau Pi Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. hosted Real Talk with NPHC. The presentation, given by Amber Quinn, included facts about NPHC, National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc., while also giving some insight into some of its aspects, history and practices.   NPHC, also known as The Divine Nine, is made up of nine International Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.   These  organizations are predominantly, but not exclusively, comprised of African Americans.  They don’t use the terms bid, recruitment or rush process. Instead, the process for joining an NPHC organization is either known as intake or MIP, and is usually done in a quiet fashion. It is normal for a person going through the process to not tell anyone about it until it is done. Once someone joins an NPHC organization, they are a member even after graduation, as it is a lifelong commitment.   When asked why she decided to put on the event, Amber Quinn, a member of Zeta Phi Beta,  stated that there are many Greek and non-Greek students who often ask why NPHC operates the...

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SGA raises funds for Shelby County SafeHouse

On Feb. 12  and 13, UM’s Freshman Forum hosted Be My Vallo Valentine outside of Anna Irvin Dining Hall. The event was aimed at selling candy grams to raise money for SafeHouse of Shelby County, an organization dedicated to offering aid and counseling to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Domestic violence is a major issue in the U.S., and according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men will be victims of intimate partner violence at some point in their lifetime. Some might be wondering how one categorizes domestic and sexual violence. SafeHouse defines domestic abuse as “a pattern of behavior in any relationship used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner, including any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone.” This behavior usually happens within cycles where a victim is abused, and then the relationship stabilizes, appearing happy and normal as the aggressor may “changes” for the better. However, these intervals are usually followed by increased tension and abuse. This situation can play out over months, or it can go through a whole cycle in the course of a day. Despite common beliefs that say otherwise, domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of one’s age, gender, sexual orientation, education level, socioeconomic status or religion. Abuse also occurs in...

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