Alpha Phi Alpha to Present Miss Black and Gold Pageant

Nov. 20, 2002

by Phallan Davis, Student Newswriter

The Tau Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will present the Miss Black and Gold scholarship pageant, "Princess of the Pyramids," from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 23, in Barfield Drawing Room in Baylor University's Bill Daniel Student Center.

The pageant is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year at Baylor and remains true to its founding beliefs, said contestant coordinator Michael Hamilton.

"The purpose of the pageant is to allow young women to display their talents in a forum rich with tradition," Hamilton said. "It teaches you how to respond to the different situations that will be presented in life. You learn how to function under pressure. It forces you to be attentive to surroundings, but not let them interfere with what you are doing. It also enables you to think fast and respond appropriately."

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. is a historically African-American fraternity that was founded in 1906 on the campus of Cornell University. The Tau Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha was chartered in 1993, becoming the first historically African-American fraternity at Baylor.

Tickets to the pageant are $7 and can be purchased in advance at the student center ticket office.

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