National greek councils present and active on UNA campus

by News Editor Anna Brown

National Pan-Hellenic Council

The National Pan-Hellenic Council is internationally made of nine historically African-American Greek-letter organizations called the “Divine Nine.” UNA has six of these fraternities and sororities on campus. Membership in NPHC organizations ranges from one to 15 members.

Last fall, NPHC hosted a homecoming block party. The council also hosted a “Stroll-Off” Sept. 9. NPHC holds a convocation event each fall so students can learn about the council and meet its members. Each of the six organizations in NPHC is given one week of the spring semester for their events.

NPHC promotes unity of thought and action in trying to solve the cultural issues presented to the council by its members.

Interfraternity Council

The Interfraternity Council is a governing body for its seven fraternities on campus at UNA. UNA’s IFC is chartered with the North American Interfraternity Conference, which is a trade association of 74 national and international fraternities. Five of the seven IFC fraternities represented on campus have housing available for members of those organizations. Membership in IFC organizations ranges from 25 to 78 members.

Each year, the IFC hosts “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” in downtown Florence. This event promotes the elimination of domestic violence through education on prevention and fundraising. Attendees are educated on how to prevent domestic violence in their personal circles.

National Panhellenic Conference

The National Panhellenic Conference is the governing body for UNA’s four NPC sororities. NPC has adopted the philanthropy “Circle of Sisterhood.” This organization raises money for women in Third World countries who are unable to attend school. Being UNA’s largest council, membership in NPC organizations ranges from 92 to 109 members.

NPC’s event, “Vera Bradley Bingo,” raised and donated $2,500 to Circle of Sisterhood. NPC also hosted a carnival for the faculty and staff and their families and the Florence community called “Pumpkin Palooza.” Activities at the carnival included blow-up rides, a costume contest, a pie-eating contest, games, a Halloween candy bar and a pumpkin-carving contest.

Alpha Delta Chi is not a member of any of these councils. Alpha Delta Chi’s vision is “to create a place where Christian women could participate in Greek life without compromising their beliefs, build strong friendships and most of all, they want to create a place which would mirror Christ’s love to their community.”