Undergrads Discuss the Power of Voting

Story by Michael Mitchell

Photos by Alvin Swilley


With close to 50 Bothers and students in attendance, the Tau Lambda chapter of Old Dominion University and Pi Gamma Chapter of Norfolk State University kicked off annual Joint Achievement Week activities with a joint undergraduate forum titled "The Power of Our Vote." This collaborative effort was led by Tau Lambda's Basileus Bro. Leon Brewington and Bro. Michael Lipscomb, also of Tau Lambda.

After a very informative and articulate PowerPoint presentation, the young Brothers introduced their special guest speaker, newly reelected Bro. Delegate C. E. "Cliff" Hayes, Pi Gamma 1987.  Hayes is a member of House of Delegates, representing the 77th District of the Virginia General Assembly. He gave a brief background of his journey into politics and a glimpse into his future."Your vote matters”, said Hayes. “Your not voting, is (also) a vote". He added "Where the resources and your money is spent is determined by your vote." He encouraged the students to get involved as their future is based on today's politics and that the proverbial pendulum will swing back. Brother Hayes had some relevant examples relating to the millennials--undergraduate students--noting that they can be a force and make a difference now. He took questions and comments from the floor. Finally, Hayes invited the mostly African American male audience to the State House during General Assembly session for a tour, to be recognized, and, if interested, an opportunity to seek a political internship.

Following the event, Brother Hayes tweeted, "Great forum with millennials of NSU (Pi Gamma) and ODU (Tau Lambda) discussing the power of the vote. This was great mentorship by the Brothers of Omega Psi Phi - 3rd District and organized by the undergraduate chapters of the aforementioned universities. #sustainingThePowerOfTheVote”


Norfolk State University’s (NSU) Homecoming Parade 2017

Norfolk Virginia--The Fraters and Sorors of the South Hampton Roads Pan Hellenic Council (SHARPC) marched in Norfolk State University’s (NSU) homecoming parade on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The Divine Nine was committed to exercising our rights to voting in the November 7, 2017 elections, and encouraged all members of the community to do so.  Chapter members were encouraged to mingle and march on behalf of one of our most hard-fought rights. We wore our finest Omega casual clothing and paraphernalia, representing the Fraternity. We carried non-partisan, professional signs encouraging all to “Go Vote!” Brother Kevin Brown, Third District Representative, Brother Conrado B. Morgan, First Vice District Representative, Brother Terry Calhoun, Chairman, Military Affairs and Brother Renaldo Barber marched in the parade.  Photos were produced by Soror Anita Pearson of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter, and Brother Alvin Swilley, Eastern Area 1 Supervisor and District Photographer. Brother Swilley is a Gamma Xi SHARPC representative and coordinated Omega's participation in the parade. We look forward to marching in future parades at NSU.


Pi Gamma Alumni donates to Norfolk State University in honor of its 55th!

Norfolk, Va.,-We (Pi Gamma Alumni) gave $3000.00 on September 2, 2017 in 30 minutes to the Pi Gamma Endowment Account at Norfolk State University (NSU) which was part of the $300,000 raised by NSU for Labor Day Weekend. The Pi Gamma Account is at $137,000 at NSU and we gave the Pi Gamma Chapter Undergraduates $4800.00 this semester from the interest gained.Pi Gamma Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated 55 years Labor Day weekend in Norfolk. Pi Gamma Chapter was chartered 1962 on the campus of Norfolk State College.