Clarion, Pa.- As the last box of Valentine’s Day chocolates are shelved and sold, single students may be in the pursuit of their one true love, not
wanting to spend the next Valentine’s Day chowing down on Chinese watching “The Notebook.”
On Thursday, March 5 at 6 p.m. in Gemmell 250, the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity held a speed-dating event. The event was meant for students to come out and to bond with other students and possibly find their love matches.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is a African-American Fraternity, a part of the Divine Nine Greeks.
The Divine Nine Greeks have been around since 1930 and include five fraternities and fours sororities. The Greeks consist of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Delta Simga Theta Sorority, Phi Beta Simga Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Simga Gamma Rho Sorority and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity.
Kappa Alpha Psi was founded the Mu Phi chapter on Clarion’s campus on Dec. 6, 1986.
Their current president, senior Dewanye Anderson, has been a member since spring 2012 and does not have any means of slowing down his servicing for his fraternity. Anderson said, “the reason why I did the speed dating event, was for students to get out of their comfort zone or preferred crowd or friend and to venture out to meet new people, and if a love connection is made that is perfectly fine too.”
During the event, junior, Torron Mollette, said “this event was interesting and it was fun to interact with other students besides my friends.” Freshmen Thai Scott said, “I hope to make connections with some of the lovely ladies in the room.” Students were paired into groups of four and were asked to introduce and talk about themselves to other members of the group. The groups of four rotated until everyone participating in the event had met one another.Alph
Senior Cordelll Ratliff said, “This is a great event to bring other students together and I am impressed to see the freshmen come out and interact with other people, because the lack of freshmen interaction on campus this year is low.” Freshmen Deandre Gaskins said, “I love showing support for the organizations on campus because it is a way for networking, making a name for myself and making some new friends on campus. Anderson also said before and after graduation how he plans to continue to put in as much work as possible for his fraternity, and see new members because his fraternity is low on members.
Anderson said that one of his main goal is “to see people step up into the leadership roles that are here on campus, because the current leaders on campus will soon graduate or will be graduating in short period of time.” He wants to inspire the non-leaders to become leaders and guide them into leaderships with other organizations as well.