by: MSC Communications Interns, Steven Rodriguez & Eric Newble
This year marked the first annual UW Madison Multicultural Homecoming and there was quite a lot to celebrate! The weekend consisted of several events including an Alumni Reception, Brunch, and a game watch party to cheer the Badger Football team on to victory. The Alumni Reception Friday night and Saturday morning brunch made space for multicultural alumni from over the years to come together.
The events also served as a great time to reconnect with former classmates, friends, colleagues and interact and network with other UW Multicultural Alumni. The Game Watch Party was a great success as we watched our Badgers triumph over the Northwestern Wildcats 35-6. Friday nights step show proved to once again be a great success, as multitudes of people arrived and enjoyed all the performances that occurred.
On Saturday night the weekend culminated with the 2013 Stomp Da Madness in the Overture Center for the Arts, which featured performances by Step Afrika and various other student Multicultural Greek organizations. Stomp Da’ Madness, a long-running National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show tradition here at UW-Madison, made its triumphant return as a part of the UW Multicultural Homecoming Celebration this year.
Although, the step show has been absent for the past few years, the spirit of stepping has not left UW Madison’s NPHC fraternities and sororities. This year’s event featured an opening performance by Step Afrika!, a sorority step show competition for $500, and a fraternity step show competition for $500.
Step Afrika!, the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, opened the event with a showcase promoting how the values of teamwork, discipline, and commitment are essential to success in stepping and throughout life. Their performance was heavily based on the history of stepping, crowd participation, and how stepping was influenced by African culture. Considering that several members of Step Afrika! started stepping during their college careers as part of Black Greek Letter Organizations, they perfectly set the stage for the two step show competitions that followed.
Stomp Da’ Madness was successful not only because of how intense the competition was between the fraternities and sororities, it was a success because of what the audience symbolizes. It was amazing to see the current community of multicultural students bridged together with alumni and young, future badgers. Furthermore, the fact that there were so many people in attendance who traveled from other cities to support their fraternity brothers or sorority sisters speaks volumes about what having an event like Stomp Da’ Madness means. In my opinion, it deserves to be a staple of the UW Multicultural Homecoming Celebration.
Also, if you were one of the 1,000-plus people who attended Stomp Da’ Madness, you are automatically eligible for a scholarship that they award to undergrads pursuing their academic goals. More information on the scholarship can be found here: http://www.stepafrika.org/arts-education/scholars-program/
Click here to Check out this video, made by the MSC Communications Team & don’t forget to check out the FULL homecoming photo gallery at flickr.com/uwmulticultural
How can we make the UW Multicultural Homecoming even better next year? In order to make the UW Multicultural Homecoming Celebration a successful event that is inclusive to all students, the Multicultural Student Center acknowledges your input is open to any suggestions and new event ideas for next year (especially those that extend beyond the reach of Greek Life). Let’s strengthen the tradition in 2014!