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Alphas dominate regional step competitions

By Kennisha Stowe
On November 12, 2012

For the Tau Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the month of October can be best described by using one word: successful.

They have made their mark this fall with a highly competitive step show routine that has landed them 3 first-place finishes along with several thousand dollars in winnings. Their popular routine was first seen at UTM's Homecoming Step Show on Oct. 6. Their act immediately gained them regional notoriety, which prompted them to take their show on the road.

Their prom-themed act consisted of five steppers DeMarcus Douglas, Lawrence Jennings, Josh Brewster, Jeremy Smith and Major Freeman. Having difficult steps, music and even an acapella singing the routine, the judges were thoroughly impressed and the audience was highly entertained.     

Tau Psi took their act on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksvile, Tenn. and Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark. where they competed against other NPHC fraternities and yet again, took first place. Their final show will be this weekend in Jackson, Tenn. at the Fraternity's district competition. Here, they will compete against other Alpha chapters for the title.

"We did not go out there for competition; we went out with something to prove to ourselves. We wanted everyone to see how hard we worked and to be proud. We stepped our hearts out and it paid off," said Douglas, a Senior Psychology major from Memphis, Tenn. who wanted to leave a lasting impression on the UTM campus for his final Homecoming step show performance.

Douglas was also the show's coordinator and choreographer for the winning routine of not only this year's winning routine but of the fraternity's 2009 winning "Alpha Airforce" routine.

Douglas says their inspiration was their genuine brotherhood. They inspired each other to do their best and stay encouraged.

When asked what their plan is for next year, Douglas responded that they plan to keep on succeeding.

"We'll keep this enthusiasm and use it as motivation to do our best next year and hopefully get the same outcome. We just want to continue to work hard, grow as a chapter and serve the community," Douglas said.

Douglas said that he has thoroughly enjoyed his time here at UTM and being a part of a brotherhood has only made him a better person.       
"We party hard; we stay up late, but most of all we graduate. We're scholars making dollars!"

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