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ALPHA PHI ALPHA

VOLUME 3; ISSUE 1

T H E

R O S E

O F

A L P H A

SEPTEMBER 29, 2010

TAU PSI CHAPTER SETS THE STANDARD WITH ICE BREAKER INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

BROTHER REFLECTS ON BERMUDA

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SPOTLIGHTING BRO. DEXTER ANOKA

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A CONVENTION PHOTO RECAP

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SERVICE A TOP PRIORITY FOR ALPHA

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SENIOR ART EXHIBIT FOR BRO. WILSON

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MISS BLACK & GOLD PAGEANT AD PACKET

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HOMECOMING

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The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha set out to create an event for the students at UTM and surrounding areas to enjoy that would offer a safe environment, great music, and good dancing. This goal was accomplished on September 25, 2010 when the Brothers hosted the ICEBREAKER: THE SEQUEL social event at Club Chaos. The facility was packed, the music was good, and most importantly, the students at UTM and surrounding areas had a really good time. We know that our guests appreciated the great security team that we had and also enjoyed the non-smoking facility in which our venue was held. All in all, we want to send a huge shout out to all of those students that have supported our

events...not just the parties, but mainly our programs and service projects. We also would like to extend the following words of thanks to several brothers that showed up or contributed in any form:

Daniel Kadeba Chris Glass Brian Bougard

Clint Anderson Sheldon Taylor Beta Xi Chapter Tau Phi Chapter Kappa Zeta Lambda Chapter Brian Walker Lawrence Godfrey Beta Pi Chapter 11 Immortal Sons Alumni Myron Driver

The Flyer was designed by James Berry out of Memphis, TN

Clifton Ford

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:  Purchase an ad for the 2010-2011 Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant  The Homecoming Game & Step Show is October 16, 2010  Poem to reflect on: IF by Rudyard Kipling  Re-invest in the brotherhood!

MEN IN THE MAKING YOUTH LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM COMING SOON! As invited guests to our Miss Black & Gold Pageant and our audience for implementing our National Programs, 12 young men from our 9 county service area and Memphis will convene at the University on the Weekend of October 29-31, 2010. The young men will participate in our national programs, receive training in etiquette and character building, and

enjoy a panel of college men who overcame adversity to get to this point in their lives...college students. The symposium is all expenses paid and is for high school juniors and seniors. If any brother would like to make donations to help fund the event, anything is appreciated. Next issue will reflect on how well it went.


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Though my guts were tossed, the wind brought ease there was no more heavy breathing...only knots of excitement. As I gazed upon this limitless ocean of wishes, I began to realize Some birds don't soar this high. Some have never seen these wonders... You tend to immediately get a new respect and appreciation for clouds. From my view point, they aren't just puffs of elements, but an exquisite structure ment to tickle the imagination in wonder... I swam amongst the clouds in the massive sky and soared beneath the crashing waves of the Atlantic. I've victoriously defeated the army of Portuguese Man-O-War...though they once thought the tide was their friend...it and I became allies. With every blink, I captured power and with every beam of the sun, I became enlightened. This wasn't a coincidence...I was supposed to be here. I found a totally new respect for the brotherhood. Goodwill was their monarch and cordiality prevailed. I sailed the great gusts of wind with a vigorous taste for conquest...these memories were mine to share, I just had to hold them captive... and then there sat, a lonely man, amidst a mural of life...embedded in his flesh, the "R" to forever tame his dream, but his soul was never conquered, for as they oppressed the very act of him escaping...they never could defeat the fact that he'd attempted...Even if he never saw freedom again...he'd already made his acquaintance. And as I gazed around, I saw all of the stories coming to life, from the beautiful African woman burned at the stake for "witchcraft" to the burdened wife looking Loathsomely on her husband as he courted their slave. Devishly in plot to get revenge! I hid in terror as the wild hogs that abounded slowly began disappearing...I wasn't hiding from the hogs, but from the men that raped the “even without wings, world. I saw the missionaries coming around teaching "their" gospel and witnessed a trade of spirits. And perhaps some birds still soar...� the most disturbing thing was seeing the actual vessel that was the can for black sardines...

-Anthony Prewitt

until the cahows return, I shall leave her as she was...in my eyes.


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Why We Must Never Forget By: Bro. Anthony Prewitt It has been at least five years now since I became acquainted with a beautiful ebony woman who froze me on site as she recited a poem that she’d penned; “A Black Woman Speaks…” It’d been a minute since someone had truly kissed my soul and somehow brought understanding and purpose to a gift that I’d hid in the depths of my being. Beah Richards was born in 1920, in the town of Vicksburg, Mississippi. As an African American female, she knew all to well the painful and destructive nature of racism in the segregated South. Despite the conditions of the country at that time, the community of Vicksburg was rich with courage and pride. This was the foundation from which Beah learned to love herself and to love her community. It was out of this rich culture that Beah learned that she was “self-created.” This realization influenced her in every aspect of her life and gave her the courage to pursue her dreams, de“You must not betray your people - you must obstacles that spite all of the she was forced to face. fight for them, they fought for you.”

-Beah Richards Brothers, Beah Richards teaches us that we must never forget the works and fight of those that have come before us. As a historian, I find that oft times we seldom understand the depth of knowledge that those who’ve come before us possess. Beah teaches you to recognize the potential that one has within, but also to never forget those that have paved the way for us to be where we are now. In short, I would like to say thank you to the 7 Jewels of our great fraternity and a special thank you to the charter members of the Mu Beta Chapter who paved the way for all brothers of Mu Beta, Tau Psi, and wherever a brother from Alpha crossed for paving the way for men like us all who make a positive impact in our communities and forever uphold the light of Alpha!


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BRO. PREWITT WITH CHILDREN FROM SOUTH FULTON ELEMENTARY DURING DR. SUESS’S READ ACROSS AMERICA

“THIS FOUNDER STILL BELIEVES THAT THE FUTURE SUCCESS OF THE FRATERNITY DEPENDS ON THE CONTINUED BELIEF IN AND THE CARRYING ON OF MOST OF THE IDEAS OF THE ORIGINAL SEVEN. THIS APPLIES ESPECIALLY TO THE BROTHERHOOD.” JEWEL GEORGE BIDDLE KELLEY, 1948

MARGIE DOWELL MEMORIAL CANCER WALK: BRO. PREWITT WITH MOM (MEMBER OF DELTA SIGMA THETA!


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THE INTER-GALACTIC ART SHOW STARRING BRO. JOSHUA WILSON, BRO. BRIAN CRAWFORD & BRO. CHRIS CRAIG (KAPSI)

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SPOTLIGHTING: BRO. DEXTER ANOKA We just want to personally congratulate Brother Dexter Anoka as he is now playing football with the Jackson, TN War Eagles. Please support this brother if you can and pray for his continued health and strength. For more information on the team and their schedule, please visit them online at:

Bro. Anoka on the field throwing the ball to his teammates.

www.jacksonwareagles.com

Brother Profile Dexter Odishika Anoka Line Name: Paradox Line Number: 4

Bro. Anoka and teammates

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

visit a fan in the hospital

UPDATE: BROTHER ANOKA IS CURRENTLY WORKING AT WELLS FARGO IN ATLANTA, GA. PLEASE KEEP THIS YOUNG BROTHER COVERED IN PRAYER

A SCOTTS THANK YOU

I would just like to take the opportunity to say thank you to the Scott Family for the beautiful flowers that I recently received. Brother Scott, I feel that after our conversation, this quote was something that I needed to live up to! Thanks for being a true friend and brother, even though sometimes, my head is hard and my heart can be even harder: “Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.�

with her newborn!


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TAU PSI, BETA PI, AND BETA UPSILON LAMBDA CHAPTERS OF ALPHA PHI ALPHA AT THE YMCA IN JACKSON, TN ON 7-192010

The brotherhood gathered at the YMCA recently to talk to the youth present about Greek Life and discuss their transition to college. Afterwards, the brothers taught the youth how to step and also a few strolls.

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BRO. PRESIDENT WILSON WITH J.R. SMITH OF THE NBA DENVER NUGGETS

My Dear brothers, the convention in Las Vegas, Nevada was one of History! I won’t get into all of the specifics of this convention, but I will say that as a historian, my heart moved to hear the ailing Bro. Past 26th General President Ozell Sutton induct the new officers and bask in the shadows of greatness as I shared our fraternal grip with Bro. U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young and Bro. Past 25th General President James R. Williams. Bro. President Joshua Wilson, Bro. VP Calvin Jones and Myself had a great time!


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CELEBRATING OUR HISTORY...

I was just wandering around the SGA Office and look what I came across. Reginald Williams became UTM’s first African American Student Government Association President in the year of 1985. This man broke a huge barrier by acquiring a position of prominence at a predominately white institution: meaning his influence transcended race. Blacks and Whites alike came together to make history by allowing our Brother to be their voice. On behalf of the brothers of Alpha, the 4 other black SGA Presidents that preceded you We salute you Bro. Reginald Williams and say thank you for opening so many doors.

Bro. President Joshua Wilson at the airport posing with Rajon Pierre Rondo of the Boston Celtics!


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BROTHERS IN HOUSING

Bro. Earl Mabry and fellow staff members

BROTHERS IN HOUSING

Bro. Ajani Starks and fellow staff members

University of Tennessee at Martin Housing Oft times, we don’t understand the impact that we have on those that we encounter in our lives. As I’m sure many of our frat brothers that have worked for Housing before could tell you. Impact is what occurs on a daily basis. We make a difference as counselors, mentors, disciplinarians, creative programmers, and so much more!


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ALPHA PHI ALPHA & UTM HOUSING HOST PARTY ON THE LAWN

The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha and UTM Housing hosted the Party on the Lawn at University Village Phase II. Live Music, Great Music, and Inflatables were all the craze for the 211 plus students that were in attendance. Big Thank you to Jolly Time Jumpers, the Phase II Housing Staff, and the Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha.. 9-8-2010 BROTHERS ASSIST WITH PEAY MOVE-IN

Brothers traveled to Austin Peay State University to assist the brothers from the Tau Phi Chapter with their Freshmen Move-In. The brothers received a lot of compliments for their hard work ethic...particularly from Austin Peay’s Greek Life Coordinator, who bragged, “I knew these Greeks could not have been from my school...because they have a great work ethic about them. “ I was so proud to be an Alpha at that moment, as I smiled and told her that that’s what we are all about...SERVICE to All MANKIND! 8-25-2010


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ALPHA PHI ALPHA & ZETA PHI BETA HOST REAL TALK FORUM

The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha and the Sisters of Zeta Phi Beta hosted a forum targeted at the freshman class. The forum consisted of topics ranging from relationships, academic success, party habits, greek etiquette , and the importance of having a good reputation. With approximately seventy-nine people in attendance, the conversations were never dull. The panel consisted of upperclassmen and D9 Greek Leaders! 9-15-2010

CAMPUS CLEAN A MAIN PRIORITY FOR 1ST SERVICE SATURDAY OF THE SEMESTER

It was an early start for the Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha and their campus guest as they prepared to clean up trash and debris around the main campus. About sixteen students spent an hour of their time cleaning the campus and gathering items to be recycled. Service Saturday is a chapter initiative where brothers and invited guest get together on the 3rd Saturday of each month and perform a service project. 9-18-2010


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GO 2 HIGH SCHOOL, GO 2 COLLEGE & PROJECT ALPHA IMPLEMENTED IN TRENTON, TN The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated through the chapters of Beta Upsilon Lambda (Jackson, TN Alumni), Tau Psi (The University of Tennessee at Martin), and Beta Pi (Lane College) convened at New Spring Hill Baptist Church in Trenton, Tennessee on Saturday (September 25, 2010) to implement two of our National Programs. The Go To High School, Go To College initiative debuted in 1920. The fraternity ignited the Commission of Graduate Work and Public Affairs which launched a movement towards influencing African American students around the country to go to school and to college. Go To High School, Go To College aims at reaching youth facing challenges in graduating high school and encourages them to not only graduate, but to proceed on to college and graduate. Project Alpha was founded to combat the burgeoning statistics involving teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, while providing frank, open discussions and factual information from a male perspective to young boys. The third National Program of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; A Voteless People is A Hopeless People, was implemented earlier in the semester. Voter registration and education is it's primary focus. The Tau Psi Chapter will host a Men in the Making Youth Leadership Symposium October 29-31, 2010, where 12 young men from our service counties will attend workshops and participate in our National Programs. The Chapter is also anticipating it's Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant on October 29, 2010. 12 young women will compete in a scholarship pageant that the fraternity has nationally mandated since 1976 where they will showcase poise, character, talent, and sophistication. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated was founded on December 4, 1906 in Ithaca, NY. It is the nations oldest inter-collegiate fraternity for African American males. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. 9-25-2010

Youth listen attentively to the Project Alpha scenarios being offered by the brothers!

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.


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AVOTELESS PEOPLE IS A HOPELESS PEOPLE The brothers of the Alpha Phi Alpha implemented the Voteless People is a Hopeless People national program on August 31, 2010 and September 2, 2010 at the University of Tennessee at Martin. In total, we registered approximately 151 new voters and assisted in updating 28 voter registration profiles. The purpose of A Voteless People is a Hopeless People is voter registration and education. Participants are encouraged to register to vote, understand zoning and districts as to prevent in-eligibility to vote in certain areas. They are also taught the do’s and don’ts of voting and campaigning and are educated on the platforms of candidates campaigning in their area. Another educational component is teaching registered voters how to properly vote, particularly explaining advances in technology when it pertains to campaigning and the actual voting machines.

MISS BLACK & GOLD CELEBRATES 23RD! On September 25, 2010, Tau Psi Chapter’s very first Miss Black & Gold turned 23 years of age. Ms. Leslea Robertson (pictured here in the blue shirt) is a Senior, Education major here at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Leslea was accompanied by “The Royal Court,” Irise Chornes (white top) and Stacy Mesfin (gold dress). HAPPY BIRTHDAY QUEEN!

My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there. ~Indira Gandhi


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BRO. JOSH WILSON HAS SENIOR ART EXHIBIT

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Dominique Wilson, Courtney Moore, Ashley Nichols, Mildred Lanier, Angel Fair and Brandi Campbell


ALPHA PHI ALPHA

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2010

WHO WILL BE OUR NEXT QUEEN? Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Tau Psi Chapter University of Tennessee at Martin Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant October 29, 2010

Souvenir Booklet Advertising 2010 marks a milestone year for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Tau Psi Chapter being a viable, contributing organization at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Since the reintroduction of Alpha to this campus and community, the chapter has exemplified our mission statement; to “develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.”

Many brothers have joined this illustrative organization since chapter inception in 1975 through the Mu Beta Chapter and currently through the Tau Psi Chapter. Presently, many members are now dispersed throughout the world impacting positive change. We shall gather October 29, 2010 in Martin, TN to renew old friendships, strengthen our fraternal bond and cast a vision for the future as we celebrate one of this fraternity’s most cherished events meant for the betterment of collegiate women. You too can contribute to this historic event.

Advertise your business and at the same time support the community service/scholarship fund for Alpha Phi Alpha. The members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will make every effort to promote your business to our members, sponsors, and supporters. Souvenir booklets will be distributed during our Miss Black & Gold Pageant. Advertise on a full page or an image of your business card can be placed in the program. You can also place a special message to a designated pageant participant, chapter or the organization as a whole. Ads range from $10.00 to $100.00. (See attached price sheet) If you have any questions, contact any active member of Tau Psi Chapter


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. University of Tennessee at Martin Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant

Souvenir Booklet Ad Order Form Name ________________________________________________________________________ Title _________________________________________________________________________ Company _____________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________ Phone ______________________________ Fax ____________________________________ E-Mail Address: _______________________________________________________________ Ad Size (check one) __________$100.00 (Full page) __________$50.00 (1/2 page) __________$30.00 (1/3 page) __________$25.00 (1/4 page __________$10.00 (Business card or Patron message) Signature of Advertiser _________________________________________________________ Date of Payment __________ Form of Payment (check #) __________ (Cash Amount) AD LAYOUT ATTACHED (check one) _____________ YES _____________ NO MESSAGE OR TEXT _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ (4 lines with a maximum of 25 words) Person Selling Advertisement _____________________________________ Seller’s Phone #_________________________________________________________ ------------------------------------------------------------------(Make checks payable to: Tau Psi Chapter or Alpha Phi Alpha) Return all checks, completed order forms, ad layout or business card and/or message/text to: Anthony Prewitt Tau Psi Chapter Advisor P.O. Box 235 Martin, TN 38237

Deadline for money is October 1, 2010


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If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; If you can dream---and not make dreams your master; If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim, If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same:. If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools; If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings, And never breathe a word about your loss: If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!" If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much: If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son! Rudyard Kipling


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SADDLE UP FOR A WILD WEST HOMECOMING

HOMECOMING WILL OCCUR ON OCTOBER 11-17, 2010!

MONDAY—OCTOBER 11, 2010 ROPEPULL

4:00PM

PACER POND

“To catch the

TUESDAY—OCTOBER 12, 2010 ROPEPULL

5:00PM

PACER POND

LIP SYNC

7:00PM

PACER POND

HOEMECOMING QUEEN CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED 8:45PM WEDNESDAY—OCTOBER 13, 2010 ROPEPULL

4:15PM

PRSAA WOMANLESS BEAUTY REVUE

attention, place an interesting sentence or quote from the

PACER POND 6:30PM

reader's

story here.”

WATKINS AUDITORIUM

THURSDAY—OCTOBER 14, 2010 ROPEPULL SAC COMEDY

5:00PM 9:09PM

PACER POND WATKINS AUDITORIUM

FRIDAY—OCTOBER 15, 2010 ROPEPULL CHAMPIONSHIPS

3:30PM

PACER POND

PYRAMID & PEP RALLY

8:30PM

ELAM CENTER

SATURDAY—OCTOBER 16, 2010 QUAD CITY FOOTBALL GAME VS EKU

10:30AM 2:00PM

QUAD GRAHAM STADIUM

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If you would like to make a donation to the chapter via paypal to assist and support chapter programs and events please log in and send to tau.psi.chapter@gmail.com

Brothers, Bro. DeMarcus Douglas is asking for donations for stepshow uniforms. The Stepshow will occur on October 16, 2010 and they need about $300.00. If any brother can help or if you know of anywhere with old band uniforms, please assist!

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The Official Newsletter of Alpha Phi Alpha at the University of Tennessee at Martin

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