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January 24, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University's National Pan-Hellenic Week activities, including the annual Step show, are scheduled to coincide with Black Emphasis Month in February. The National Pan-Hellenic Council is the governing organization for the nine traditionally African American Greek fraternities and sororities.

The Seventh Annual Step Masters Unite Step Show fundraiser will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 in McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane, featuring Damon Williams from Black Entertainment Television's Comic View and host of Show Time at the Apollo. The step show is a showcase of a lively African traditional art form in which the body creates a syncopated rhythm in dance, like those used in historical African rite-of-passage ceremonies.

Tickets are $10 for the show and $15 for the show and post-party held in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Students attending the after-party must have a valid college ID. Proceeds benefit SMU scholarships. For tickets, call Jennifer Jones at (214) 768-4041.

Other activities during National Pan-Hellenic Week include:

  • Monday, Feb. 5 -- From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 30 junior and senior students from Wilmer Hutchins High School in Hutchins, Texas, will experience a day as SMU students. They will tour the campus, visit workshops and forums and attend a sociology class taught by Professor Dick Hawkins, giving them actual college classroom experience during their visit.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6 -- From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a canned food drive will be held at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Step show tickets for Saturday also will go on sale.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 7 -- The National Pan-Hellenic Council will show the film "School Daze" by director Spike Lee at 7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Varsity, 3140 Dyer St. The movie is a comedic look at the history of fraternity and sorority pledging in the late 1980s.
  • Friday, Feb. 9 -- The annual Step show pep-rally will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Commons of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer St. All five of SMU's National Pan-Hellenic Council groups will perform.
  • Saturday, Feb. 10 -- Members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma will serve food to the homeless from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Body and Soul Ministry at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1816 Routh.