Stroll off highlights multicultural side of Greek life
An audience of more than 600 watched as six student groups competed Sept. 7 in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s annual Multicultural Greek Stroll-Off competition.
The contest, held in the Nebraska Union’s Centennial Room, was won by Sigma Psi Zeta in the sorority division and Lambda Phi Epsilon in the fraternity division.
Huskers in the fraternal organizations spend hours practicing for the contest, working together for weeks, developing a stroll — which is a rhythmic, synchronized “party walking” routine performed with or without music. Strolling is an activity started in the 1920s and has historic roots in African American Greek life organizations.
Nebraska has hosted a stroll-off event for more than 15 years. It is organized by the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services and Nebraska’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
“This event is important because it highlights the contributions and traditions of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council organizations,” said Charlie Foster, director of the Gaughan Multicultural Center and assistant vice chancellor for student affairs. “We count the event as a success as it educates campus about our diverse Greek organizations.”
Other sororities that competed include Zeta Phi Beta and Delta Sigma Theta. Fraternities that took the stage against Lambda Phi Epsilon were Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Lambda Beta. The Step-Chain team from Lincoln Southeast High School also performed as the event opening act.
Participating Greek organizations hosted booths featuring their histories, general information and community outreach efforts.