Greek Brief: Multicultural Greek Week finishes with Golden Explosion

The Alpha Phi Alpha and Lambda Upsilon Lambda fraternities, in conjunction with the Lambda Pi Chi sorority, will host their sixth annual Golden Explosion event this Saturday, capping off a week’s worth of Multicultural Greek Council events.

Named the Golden Explosion because each Greek-letter group sponsor considers gold one of its official colors, the event will showcase various types of music and dance. It will take place at 10 p.m. in the Marvin Center Continental Ballroom.

“This event is the conclusion for the MGC Greek Week, so it is a great way for the MGC and people that support us to come together,” said Rudy Rodas, a GW senior and president of the Chi chapter of the La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.

The Golden Explosion will feature hip-hop, R&B, reggaeton and salsa music, Bates said. Current members and alumni from the three Greek letter organizations and other chapters in the MGC are expected to attend. Bates said the event is also advertised at surrounding universities, including Georgetown, American, Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland. People come from as far as North Carolina and New York to attend.

“This event unifies organizations within the MGC,” said Amanda Bates, president of the Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi sorority. “It demonstrates that even with smaller numbers, we can organize and implement great programming.”

More than 400 people attended last year’s Golden Explosion, Rodas said.

“Last year you saw people like the (Student Association) president, members of the basketball team and other people that are highly involved on campus attend the event,” he said. “I think the fact that we can attract different types of people from GW is one of the party’s greatest accomplishments.”

Funds raised from the event will go toward other MGC programming and events for the year.

“As far as my individual organization is concerned, Golden Explosion is a fun night to share with my hermanas who come in from all over. We dance, we stroll, we have a great time,” Bates said.

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