Alpha Phi Alpha to sponsor annual step show in Chicago

Jerome C. Pandell

Northwestern’s chapter of historically black fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., will sponsor a step show and party Saturday expected to draw more than 2,000 people to the Chicago college campus where it is being held.

The 15th annual dance show — called K.A.O.S. 2004 and billed as the largest Greek step show and party in the Midwest — features a step-team competition with students from colleges in Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina. Activities will be at Northeastern Illinois University’s Physical Education Complex, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., in Chicago.

Medill senior Michael Blake, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha’s NU chapter, serves as this year’s chairman of K.A.O.S., an acronym that stands for Kappas, Alphas, Omegas and Sigmas and refers to the country’s first four historically black fraternities. Two dance teams and NU group Boomshaka also will perform on Saturday.

Buses from NU traveling to the show will leave from the parking lot of Garrett Evangelical-Theological Seminary starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, on sale at Norris University Center Box Office until 2 p.m. today, cost $17. Proceeds will benefit Alpha Phi Alpha’s fall quarter banquet and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington.

— Jerome C. Pandell