Ohio State unveils plaza honoring National Pan-Hellenic Council's fraternities, sororities

9/30/2022 9:53:00 PM

Ohio State unveils plaza honoring National Pan-Hellenic Council's fraternities, sororities

Ohio State unveils plaza honoring National Pan-Hellenic Council's fraternities, sororities

Ohio State students, administrators and alumni will unveil and dedicate the National Pan-Hellenic Council Plaza Saturday morning.

The Columbus Dispatch Melissa Shivers would not take a peek.Surfside, Florida, after a building collapse there in June 2021.Andrew J.“I did not feel like he would have the impact that he's having early on,” Day said.

At an informal gathering with reporters Thursday afternoon, Shivers , who is Ohio State University's senior vice president for student life, kept her back turned to the new National Pan-Hellenic Council Plaza on the university's South Oval.She didn't want to see it and spoil the surprise for Saturday's official unveiling ceremony.They're ready for this," O'Connor said."I've been so good about avoiding this spot!" Shivers said with a laugh.The Republican State Leadership Committee has reserved $2 million worth of TV ads that will air across Ohio starting on Oct.The students there with her couldn't blame her, though." More: Snow Patrol taking proactive approach following flurry of requests for help More: Are you a homeowner? If so, here's a list of things to do around the house in October Hurricane Ian to significantly impact Florida, parts of Georgia Hurricane Ian is expected to cause life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds as high as 140 mph and flooding in the Florida peninsula, reported USA Today.After nearly a century of students advocating for this space on campus, what were a couple more days of waiting for the big reveal? Ohio State students, administrators and alumni will unveil and dedicate the National Pan-Hellenic Council Plaza on Saturday at 11 a.Day was supportive, but tried to be cautious and stress the challenges of eschewing a senior year of high school.

m.Hundreds of thousands of Floridians faced mandatory evacuation orders as the National Hurricane Center expanded its hurricane warning along more than 150 miles of the state's Gulf Coast.In the Nov.The plaza recognizes the contributions and impact the council has made on campus, and celebrates and honors the nine historically Black, Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities at Ohio State, better known as the Divine Nine.The oval-shaped plaza features a garden terrace, large pavilion seating and pillar monuments of each National Pan-Hellenic Council sorority and fraternity.As of Tuesday night, power outages were already occurring in the Florida Keys and South Florida, according to Florida Gov.The pillars, arranged in order from oldest to newest, feature each organization's name, Greek letters, crest shields, mission statements and colors.The ads represent the first major spending from outside groups in this year’s Supreme Court races.All nine organizations in the council have charters at Ohio State: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.Georgia is also expected to be impacted by the storm later in the week.It’s hard enough for somebody who’s gone through four years of high school.

; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.Brian Kemp Tuesday for all 159 counties in anticipation of high winds.The RSLC spent $4 million during the 2018 election, and a spokesperson said it will spend at least $5 million nationally on state supreme court races this year.; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.About 600 employees and contractors will work with other utility workers from around the country to help restore power to Georgia Power and Florida Power & Light customers.; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.The RLSC, which focuses on electing Republicans to state-level office, is something of an equivalent to the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which was founded by Holder, the former U.He’s going to be a really good Buckeye for us.

; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.Crews will head to Atlanta first and then disperse to other areas when they receive direction from local utility companies, he said.; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.; and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc."In the utility industry we have a thing we call mutual assistance where any time there's a major event like this, utilities all chip in and provide help," he said.The RLSC previously has announced plans to spend at least $4.Coined"Project Excellence" by the university, Shivers said the plaza cost $1.2 million, which came from university discretionary dollars and fundraising." Hurricane Ian nears Florida landfall: Slow-moving storm on brink of Category 5 status Ohio Red Cross volunteers also offering support to Florida Marita Salkowski, the regional communications director for the American Red Cross Central and Southern Ohio region, said hundreds of volunteers from across the country are in Orlando, Florida, working in evacuation shelters and prepping supply kits.Contact him at.

Conversations about creating a plaza started in September 2020, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held in April 2021.Holder’s group has promised to invest in the state supreme court race in Ohio, one of 17 states where it is spending this cycle.But the story of this plaza goes back much further, according to Rayonna Booth, an Ohio State graduate student studying public health and a Zeta Phi Beta sorority member."After the hurricane makes landfall, then we will send additional volunteers from our region down there to help out," Salkowski said.Black Ohio State students have been pushing the university to create a space like this since the early 1900s, Booth said.Plazas like these recognizing National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations, often called plots, are commonplace at historically Black colleges and universities.mwalker@dispatch.Democrats also plan to put additional resources into the Ohio Supreme Court races, according to Matt Keyes, a spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party.But at predominately white institutions like Ohio State, Booth said, it can be harder for Black students to see spaces for themselves like this.

About 6% of Ohio State students are Black/African American.Research shows that creating spaces for Black students to find community is not a focus for many predominantly white institutions.“Ohioans have an opportunity this year to reject the extremism of Republicans on the bench and put the court back in the hands of judges like Jennifer Brunner, Terri Jamison and Marilyn Zayas who believe in the rule of law.Jordan Soltau, a senior studying health sciences and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, said the new plaza will be a space for current and prospective Ohio State students alike."When I was touring campus as a high school student, I was like, 'Wow, I don't see anyone who looks like me,'" she said.Now, students walking from the Ohio Union to Mirror Lake will pass by the plaza and see themselves represented on campus.This year’s cycle was the first under new redistricting rules state voters added to the state constitution in 2015 and 2018 as anti-gerrymandering reforms.

"This is Black history cemented at Ohio State," said Shivers, who is herself a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha The location is no coincidence, according to Shivers.The plaza is nestled next to the Hale Black Cultural Center, named in honor of Frank Hale, Jr., a civil rights crusader who advocated for opportunities for minority students at Ohio State.Republican state lawmakers have taken to effectively ignoring the Ohio Supreme Court , including letting a court-ordered deadline to redraw congressional map pass without action, signaling they plan to wait until after the November election to take up the issue again.The Hale Black Cultural Center and the new plaza are located along what was once a path used on the Underground Railroad.Christopher Scott, an Ohio State architecture student and National Pan-Hellenic Council president at the university, said he hopes the plaza will be a campus icon among other landmarks like Ohio Stadium, the Oval and Mirror Lake.

"It's a dream come true to see it completed," said Scott, a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission."It shows that Black students are here to stay." Sheridan Hendrix is a higher education reporter for The Columbus Dispatch.Sign up for her Mobile Newsroom newsletter.

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