What a Difference a Campus Makes: #Campuses Matter when it comes to Greek Organizations

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Alpha Chapter members performing their ritual of chants and songs around the fraternity's sun dial -also known as the "Mother Pearl".

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Alpha Chapter members performing their ritual of chants and songs around the fraternity’s sun dial -also known as the “Mother Pearl”.

Notable differences arise between two Omega Psi Phi brothers because of racial make-up at their campuses. The other attends a predominantly white institution. One student attends a historically black university.

This story holds true to the elements of news because of the conflict in the conversation between the two schools and their Omega chapters. There are different things each of the chapters have compared to the other, but it seems as if one is more widely accepted at one of the institutions either Howard, which is a historically black university, or at the University of Illinois, a predominantly white institution.

Click here to listen to the audio story.

This story was a little frustrating. I struggled getting a story idea originally because I would be leaving for a trip to D.C. for the opening of the Smithsonian Institute’s newest member, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

When I arrived at Howard University for our college tour, I thought to myself, “There has to be a story here”. As I took my headphones off, I saw the Ques doing a type of tribal dance around some rock. I told myself to just go see what’s up. After they took a break, I was able to speak to one of the members and gather some good information from him.

The frustrating piece came into effect when I returned and thought our assignment was due Monday. But God!

During the script revising process, I was very nervous because I am a perfectionist, and I hate

being corrected. However, Dr. Collins didn’t cut me up as bad as someone else would have. I have revised my script at least three times now.

Recording my audio turned out to be very easy. I am becoming more and more familiar with Adobe Audition. I am taking JOUR 335. Both classes are helping me balance and grow my technological skills somewhat evenly. I am grateful.

Professor Collins also helped me fix my recorder before I bought another one. I’m grateful for that too!

One thought on “What a Difference a Campus Makes: #Campuses Matter when it comes to Greek Organizations

  1. Pugh, Kelsey Donovan

    Matthew,
    I am impressed that you were able to find this story and do the reporting while traveling. It took me listening a few times through to your piece to find some critiques.

    The audio quality on Smith’s quote is a little off. That may be a result of the technical issues you mentioned or the location of the interview. Then the cut off of the sound bite of Edwards is a little uncomfortable because he doesn’t quite finish his sentence before it fades out.

    The opening nat sound is very intriguing and a great intro to the story. I’d love to see this as a longer story if it weren’t for the time constraint.

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