On Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 9PM, the Stevens Multicultural Greek Council hosted “Storm the Castle”, a step, stroll, and salute show that featured the multicultural Greek organizations on campus and surrounding college campuses. This is the 2nd “Storm the Castle” event, the first being last Spring. Storm the Castle was aimed at bringing together the multicultural Greek community and representing the culture of Multicultural Greek Organizations to a wider audience on campus.
Stepping, strolling, and saluting are important components of a multicultural Greek organization, with each taking roots from African-American Greek Organizations.
Each multicultural Greek organization took turns explaining a little of their history, and then performed their own step, stroll, and salute. First, the non-Stevens multicultural Greek organizations performed, starting with Lambda Tau Omega’s Heptakin Eta Chapter from Seton Hall University. The sisters of Lambda Tau Omega took pride in their values, branding themselves as the “mermaids” and proudly wore shirts with their year of founding on it, 1988.
Next to perform was Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. Lambda Theta Phi, who branded themselves by the literal meaning of the “conquistadors”, differentiated themselves from the other multicultural organizations, by stating that out of respect, they only salute and do not step or stroll. During their salute, brothers from the Eta Chapter of Rutgers University – Newark and New Jersey Institute and Technology, and the Beta Phi Chapter of Ramapo College took pride in their colors: brown and white.
The last non-Stevens multicultural Greek organization to perform was Chi Upsilon Sigma. Chi Upsilon Sigma, whose official name is Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Incorporated, called themselves the “women of wisdom” and noted that their organization focused on “social change” for women. Their performance, which featured saluting, stepping, and strolling, featured members of their national stepping and strolling teams.
After their performance, there was a short intermission followed by a performance from one of Stevens’ own multicultural sororities, Omega Phi Beta, formally known as Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Omega Phi Beta, who are known as the “radiant sisterhood”, stepped, strolled, and saluted.
The last organization to perform was Lambda Upsilon Lambda, known as La Unidad Latina Lambda Upsilon Lambda Incorporated, who stated that they were founded at Cornell in 1982 with the idea of “education for all”. Lambda Upsilon Lambda performed a stroll for the audience.
At the end of the event, Glenn Anna Abellana, president of the Stevens Multicultural Greek Council, and primary MC of the night thanked everyone for coming and asked everyone to donate for hurricane relief. On the event, Glenn stated, “Storm the Castle is a great way to learn and explore multicultural Greek life outside of the Stevens community.”