Chanting, hooded men march on campus late Wednesday to publicize fraternity event

New members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity slowly march through central University campus. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

New members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity slowly march through central University campus. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Posted by Emily Schiola on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7:53 pm.

The street by the amphitheater came alive Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. when a line of approximately 12 men walked by wearing white masks and black hoods, marching and chanting. Their reason? To welcome Alpha Phi Alpha to the University of Oregon.

“They are coming up soon, and we are introducing new members,” said Greylin James, a member of the organization.

Alpha Phi Alpha was the first intercollegiate fraternity founded by African-Americans in Ithica, N.Y., in 1906, according to the Alpha Phi Alpha website.

The fraternity will be at the University Place Hotel Ballroom in Portland on Feb. 22, at exactly 9:06 p.m. in an event called “Ice Cold Encounter.” They are looking for new members.