The Residence Hall Association and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., hosted a night of entertainment at the W's Got Talent show on Sept. 9 in Nissan Auditorium.
The purpose of this event was to get students engaged and step away from their comfort zone. The ultimate goal was to get the freshman class to break out of its shells and express themselves in front of a crowd.
There was an estimated 400 people at the event. A total of eight individuals performed, but only four contestants participated in the competition portion of the show.
The winners of The W's Got Talent are Laura Claire Moore, vocal winner; Lorena Surducan and Limbi Banda, group act winners; Alysann Simpson, miscellaneous winner; and Sashia Davis, dance winner.
"I thought all contestants were very talented and did a great job," said Samantha Johnson, Miss Phi Beta Sigma.
Contestants were separated into different categories, and all winners took home a plaque.
"It was a great event, and I would love to co-host another event with RHA," said Brandon Woods, president of Phi Beta Sigma.
RHA and Phi Beta Sigma have worked together in the past, and this particular event has become more like a tradition that the organizations have maintained through the years. This also gives both groups a chance to get involved around campus and build excellent relationships with each other.
"This was a great opportunity to co-sponsor with another organization to socialize and interact with our wonderful W community," said Kristopher Sullivan, president of the Residence Hall Association.
The RHA president is in the process of planning another event called "Take Back the Night," and it will take place on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Limbert Assembly Room. The main purpose of "Take Back the Night" is to raise awareness of sexual assault. It will be an educational program, and refreshments will be served.
In addition, Phi Beta Sigma and the Young Black Leaders Association will be co-hosting an event titled, "Sleep Out for the Homeless" at the Gazebo on Oct. 7 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The general purpose of this event is to spread awareness and, most importantly, donate canned food items to the Lowndes County Helping Hands Organization. All participants are encouraged to show up with a positive mind and to be prepared for chilly weather.