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Red alert, red alert! The Deltas have returned

By Raven LeDay
On March 14, 2019

New members celebrate on the DST plot following probate. Raven LeDay/The Gramblinite

New DSTs smile following presentation at the Assembly Center. Raven LeDay/The Gramblinite

The Divine nine is back in full effect. The crimson and cream ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority are active again on GSU’s campus for the first time since 2016.

“It has been three years since Delta Iota has had a line in Spring 2016, so great to see the ‘External F.O.R.C.E.S’ coming together in a major way,” Averi-Alexya Beck, a junior mass communication major, said. 

Along with most of the campus, Beck is excited to have all Greeks back. 

“I am very excited to have all Greeks back on the yard,” Beck said. “I am here for the D9 unity. It’s a beautiful thing.”

Forty-five new “devastating divas” have been introduced. Sunday evening, many took to social media following their celebration in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. That following Tuesday, the semi-quarter basketball game was filled with red paraphernalia. 

“I chose DST,” Beck said.

was surrounded by influential Delta women who have made a great impact in their communities. When the opportunity presented itself, I felt it was my duty to join the ranks and become a member.”

Leaders on Howard University’s campus founded the Greek lettered organization in 1913. It  was built on public service and sisterhood.

“When I came to college, I did some research on other sororities, but DST is what I’ve known my whole life,” Beck said. “DST stands out from others because the sorority has stood by its morals and values from the beginning. It’s focus is the Black community, which I thoroughly support, and it is more than a mere social organization.”

Prior to joining a sorority or fraternity, there is a glamour that many freshman want from Greek life. 

“On the outside looking into Greek life, it looked like something that was supposed to happen for me,” Beck said. “I was just waiting on my time.” 

Delta Sigma Theta prides itself on providing “assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world,” as seen on deltasigmatheta.org.

“Being a Delta, for me, means having all the confidence in the world and being able to handle any adversity thrown at you,” Beck said. “DST was established for college educated women to uplift its members and to perform public service for its community.”

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