What’s Good? Meet the Greeks – With Isaiah Showell

By: Isaiah S. Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host

Lambda Theta Alpha member Shirley Celi-Landeo talks about the Meet the Greeks event. Photo credit: Isaiah Showell.

BRIDGETON, N.J. — Hopeloft is a non-profit organization serving the families in the City of Bridgeton. The topic of college attendance is brought up often within the walls of the Hopeloft, so what better way to help move the conversation of college forward than to host a Meet the Greeks event!

Hopeloft, a nonprofit organization in Bridgeton, hosted Meet the Greeks, an event to encourage from the community to attend college. It’s What’s Good in South Jersey — with Isaiah Showell.

Meet the Greeks is a showcase of several members of Greek fraternities and sororities from Rowan University, William Paterson University, and Rutgers University (New Brunswick and Camden), to encourage more students from Bridgeton to attend college and encourage the community.

The host of this event was Marquis Sulton, a member of the fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi and Bridgeton native who brought several members of his organization to the event.

“My target audience is anyone thinking about going to college,” said Sulton. “A lot of kids don’t get a chance to go to college, and they’re missing out on what Greek life is about and what college is about.”

Omega Psi Phi Inc. member Derrick McCall at the Meet the Greeks event hosted by Hopeloft in Bridgeton. Photo credit: Isaiah Showell.

Sulton’s fraternity brothers were first to present the crowd with what their organization stands for which is achievement in every field in human endeavor. Kayana Clue of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was up next to showcase her organization which is full of women who are community oriented and strive for scholastic achievement. Neashally Luna and her sorority sister Jazlyn Batista represented Lambda Tau Omega, an organization based on unity, knowledge, and dedication.

There was time at the end of the event for each organization to answer questions about their experience in college, and among the Greeks, Aurelio Rodriguez answered a lot of questions, representing his fraternity, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, an organization focused on uplifting and uniting underrepresented communities by empowering tomorrow’s leaders.

“In Camden we have a little league and a hype program helping youth pursue excellence,” said Rodriguez. “This is why we came.”

Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Lambda Theta Alpha, and Iota Phi Theta were also in attendance and showcased to the community, making the Meet the Greeks event one that people are requesting to see again. It was definitely What’s Good in South Jersey!

Hopeloft is the parent organization of Follow South Jersey.

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