Iota Phi Theta’s “Expressions:” A Night of Slam Poetry

Members of Iota Phi Theta preparing for their poetry slam night. Photo by Joseph Durante/Spectrum.

By Joseph Durante

Staff Reporter

On Thursday, March 2 in the Schine Auditorium, the brothers of Iota Phi Theta hosted their poetry slam night, “Expressions.”

The fraternity welcomed a variety of performers who either recited their original poetry, performed a song or danced.

According to senior and Iota Chapter Secretary Osaze Perry Porter the event was called “Expressions” so that people could come to this event and express themselves.

“This event is an open mic night for students on campus and Iota is the first fraternity on campus to host a poetry slam night,” said senior and Iota Chapter President Christian Carter. “It’s a pretty laid back environment and it’s a free event.”

The event was also a way for people to have their voices heard on moral issues that are currently happening in today’s society.

“This event is the perfect way to wrap up the Black History Tradition,” said Carter. “It also gives students the perfect opportunity to come out and express themselves.”

Instead of having an admission fee for the event, the brothers accepted charity donations that would go towards one of their philantropy’s to stop world hunger.

“The ‘Expressions’ poetry night is a nice event and the Greek Life on campus really has done a terrific job when it comes to hosting events for the university,” said sophomore and Iota Chapter Recruiting Coordinator Mustapha Nuiggi.

Some of the songs that were sung during the event were Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse’s “Feeling Good” and Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On.”

Throughout the event, the brothers of Iota Phi Theta underlined the importance of expressing yourself and being the person you want to be.

“What is really special about this event is that it allows students and many others to come out and really express themselves. This is a good event for people to come out and show another side to them,” said Nuiggi. “I hope the outcome of this event will teach more people to always be yourself.”

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