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Diversity dominated at the Men of Color yard show

by By Christopher Suarez - Copy Editor
Tue, Sep 11th 2018 05:00 pm

When you bring out people from different aspects of life to one event you know you’re doing something right. Men of Color did exactly that with their kickoff BBQ. Hosted in Commissary park here at The College at Brockport, the event was one for the books. Despite the cool fall weather and the gusts of wind that blew through the basketball courts, the crowd didn’t seem to care. Wearing hoodies and jackets throughout, the crowd danced as if it were a hot summer day.

The event started around 1 p.m., but the people did not show up until 2 to 3 in the afternoon. From 1 p.m. till 4p.m., the crowds were piling in to enjoy the festivities put together by the gentlemen. The food provided was burgers, chips, beverages, just how they would in a regular BBQ.

For the first couple of hours people sat down and mingled while our very own Brian Ramirez controlled the music. Ramirez, a sophomore here at the college, played everything the people wanted to listen to. Playing a wide range of music while the crowd spread across commissary park conversing and enjoying the food.

Around 4 p.m. the crowd shifted their attention to the basketball courts as the 5 on 5 basketball tournament began. The teams were split into the green team and the red team while Men of Color promotions manager, Egypt Paige, did the commentary for the game. 

Paige would comment on all the shots taken and make jokes about some of the players, all in good fun of course. In the first game the green team came out on top 25-7 as they took care of the red team in a commanding fashion. The other two games would not be very different, as the green team would go on to beat the red team in all games.

While the basketball games were going on you can see groups of students come in as organizations across Brockport came out and supported. Multiple cultural clubs were in attendance during the event. Clubs such as the Association of Latinx American students (ALAS), Organization for Students of African Descent (OSAD), Caribbean Student Association (CSA), and more were there to support.

One thing that Men of Color president, Daniel Jimenez, wanted to incorporate more into his events this year is Greek life involvement. That was shown in this event. Greek organizations from not only our very own Brockport community, but organizations from schools such as Geneseo, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of Rochester were all there as well. There were over six greek organizations present during the event, Alpha Phi Alpha, Zeta Phi Beta, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Delta Phi Epsilon, Phi Sigma Sigma, Omega Phi Beta, and Delta Sigma Theta were all in attendance.

Some of those Greek organizations also have their own personal dance routines or strolls. Those organizations were all able to show off their best moves during this event. The fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, performed first and president Cesar Coronado was honored to perform.

 “It was a great opportunity to be able to display to the campus what Divine Nine culture is all about,” Coronado said.

After Alpha Phi Alpha performed, then came the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta. The sorority is not currently active on the Brockport campus, but made sure to show the Brockport community what they’re all about. Going third was the sorority, Zeta Phi Beta. Fellow Brockport graduate school student, Christal Dewberry was a part of the performance.

“It was amazing to show the campus that there are different parts of Greek life even though we all may look similar, we all are unique.” Dewberry said

The show continued as the new fraternity on campus, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, tore up the stage. 

Hyping up the crowd and performing upbeat dance moves, the gentlemen surely impressed. The show concluded with the sorority, Omega Phi Beta. The ladies killed the stage with up-tempo dances and ended the show with style.

The event even had a special guest as president of the college, Heidi Macpherson, stopped by to see the event. Men of Color president, Daniel Jimenez, said “She’s such a genuine person, we want her in every event. She has a way with connecting with the students.”

It is not easy to throw an event where every student from any background can show up and enjoy, and Men of Color did just that.

 “The event was a success, we had everyone who we wanted to come out, come out. We showed a different array of students from Greek life to regular students. It was a great representation of the Brockport we wish to see in the future,” Jimenez said.

The event lived up to the hype and then some. From the food, to the environment, to the amazing faces that showed up to the event.

 

csuar1@brockport.edu