As the new school year approaches, the chapter is preparing to excel past the previous high standards set by Brother Anthony Heyward. His term was marked with new accomplishments such as the return of the All-Psi step team, an increase in social clout, and an improvement of how brothers prepare for programming. We thank him for his service and dedication for keeping Psi great.
The mantle of leadership has been passed on to me, and I welcome the new responsibility with an increased level of optimism and faith. In the coming months, I look forward to creating a combined effort of programs, events, and opportunities. My goal is to bolster and refine the skills of the chapter as a whole in our pursuit to achieve new heights with the Pharaoh’s Ball, reclaim Chapter of the Year, and ensure that current Psi creates a dynamic series of social and academic programming.
I am honored to be at the forefront of our legacy’s continued success. This is no solo effort, the current chapter will operate as an efficient machine; multiple parts carrying out their own specific tasks for a culmination of success.
Thank you brothers for setting such a foundation. We look forward to making Psi even greater!
Bro. Shane Nelson
Spring ’14 #2
Miss Black & Gold
The 22nd annual Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant and Pharaoh’s Ball took place on Saturday, January 24th, in the Bodek Lounge of Houston Hall on Penn’s campus. The theme of the night’s events was Great Gatsby as it played on the elegance and sophistication that may come to mind when thinking about the 1920s atheistic. For the pageant, there were three lovely contestants ready to show off their talents and earn the title of Miss Black and Gold. Alex Wiggins, a senior from the University of Pennsylvania, Princess Garrett, a freshman from Villanova University, and Lauren Brice, a freshman from Drexel University, all competed but only one walked home with the title. Congratulations to Alex Wiggins for her class and elegance and becoming our 2015 Miss Black and Gold!
For the first time in years, an All-Psi step team was formed. Due to untimely split between Psi and Pi Rho during the beginning of the year, the brothers of Psi found themselves in a precarious situation. Yet, with three current chapter brothers and one alumni brother, Psi was able to bring our chapter back to the forefront with a socially conscious step show. Competing in the Shippensburg and Penn Relays step shows, Brothers Andrew Hyatt (Sp’13), Anthony Perry (Sp’14), Aaron Mathews (Fa’14), and Kendall Finlay (Fa’14) practiced everyday at 7 am and every night at midnight for a month straight in preparation for the show. Taking second place at both competitions was quite a feat, however, it is only the beginning of a new reign of All-Psi step teams. The video of our Penn Relays show can be seen below.
Elbert Maxwell III (Sp’13 #3) graduated on May 16, 2015 as a Political Science major. As the founder of the Edward Collymore Senior Honors Society and Secretary of the Black Cultural Society, it’s no secret why his success in the classroom is taking him to law school the fall of 2016.
However, his success on the track is second to none. Over the course of four years, he has been able to establish himself as the premier long and triple jumper in the country. NCAA All-American? He did that. Four time Big East Champion? He did that too. 2015 Penn Relays Champion? He did it all. Which is why our very own El is training for the 2016 Olympics! Congrats Brother and continue to inspire those around you as you hold up the light of Alpha.
See the following list for Psi’s latest events this school year for the months of August, September, and October. This is a tentative list, dates are subject to change.
5th - 9th: National Convention in Charlotte, NC
(Kendall Finnlay and Jacques Laine delegates)
22nd: NSO Kickball game and off-campus mixer
1st - 8th: Real Student Orientation (Student Survival guide, Apesanity workout event, and other social events)
17th: Drexel University’s Night on the Row
18th - 19th: PAAC Leadership and College Brothers Summit held at Penn
5th - 7th: Miss Black and Gold interest meetings
Take Back the Night (sexual assault prevention training),
Bystander Prevention education event