As Jan. 20 approached, the nation and world waited and watched as the end of the President Bush era occurred, and the beginning of the President Obama era began. A historic event also occured here at Grambling State: The Delta Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. was finally allowed to return to business as usual.
“Words can’t describe how elated . we’re just so fortunate that the administration finally granted the request for the whole chapter to be reinstated,” said Rachel Hickerson, chapter spokeswoman.
It’s been almost two years since the chapter was last allowed to wear paraphernalia and hold events. After constant communication with the administration, their request was finally granted, making the way for the Divas to return to the Yard.
“We want to thank them for the opportunity to finally showcase the Delta Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and show that we are a non-hazing organization,” said Hickerson.
To start things off again, the Deltas held two seminars on the topic of hazing before Meet The Greeks on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“This semester, you can look forward to participating in different seminars, workshops and programs that the sorority will implement to show what the sorority stands for, which is scholarships, sisterhood, and service,” Hickerson said.
Of course, one of the questions that most want to ask seems to be if the chapter was having an intake process this semester. That was a question Hickerson was mum on.
“I’m so happy that young ladies are interested in my beloved organization, but to answer your question, discretion is key and wait and see,” she said.
Looking beyond intake process, the chapter is ready to set out and be active on campus in the community of the Grambling area. While plans have not been confirmed, Hickerson said that the chapter will show a lot of community service-oriented goals.
“Our goals for the semester are, but not limited to, representing our chapter as an active chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., promoting community service while serving the community as well as having activities for the students of GSU,” said Hickerson.