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If you are a member of Kappa Alpha Psi living in certain parts of the country, you know how stressful it can be to secure the materials to make a quality Kappa Kane. Whether it be preparing for a step show and trying to locate a store that has 15 canes in stock for your whole step team or being an alumni member who does not want to spend all day driving around the city trying to explain to people at the CVS that you need them to go into the back and see if they have any wooden canes in stock, the main problem that people face is getting the supplies to make the cane.

We at Watch The Yard have seen a recent decline in the amount of undergrad Kanemasters and thus we wanted to help promote the art of the Kappa Kane by making the materials to make a proper Kappa Kane easy to obtain with free shipping and something you can do with the simple click of a button. (Please remember that if you are not a Kappa, you are not supposed to own or twirl Kappa Kanes. They are not for you bro…close this tab on your browser and go on with your day.)

This is a public website so we are not going to give any secrets away on making the correct Kappa Kane. Most Kanemasters and chapters teach different techniques for cutting and wrapping based on the state/city they are in anyway. What we are going to do is give you the links to where you can buy all of the material and tools online at a cheaper cost than buying them in a store. We’ve made sure to find quality products for this list that any Kanemaster would agree with as well as secured links that offer FREE SHIPPING in order to make sure that purchasing the materials won’t break your bank.

Check out the list of materials below and share this with your fellow Kappas.

1. Wooden Cane

This is the classic cane used by most steppers and twirlers across the country. The Natural Ash Finish Wood Cane is sturdy and sophisticated and features the round handle that is signature to the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi who twirl. We really suggest buying these online because the alternative is going to health stores like CVS and Walgreens who usually only have a small amount in stock. This becomes a problem because before a step show, your team could spend the whole week scouring stores around your city trying to secure enough for the whole step team. (We suggest that before every step show, each member have two custom cut and wrapped canes that are specific to them, but you already knew that…) By buying these two weeks before the yard show, step show or event, you will be guaranteed to have enough for everyone and will save a ton on gas, time, travel and stress.

Here are two links for canes that you can easily buy online:

The Standard Carex Health Brands Round Handle Wood Cane, Natural – $15.47

  • This is the classic natural ash finished wood cane mentioned above. If you want to go with the classic cane this is it.

Carex Round Handle Wood Cane, Walnut, 1 Inch, 0.8 Pound – $10.70(Free shipping with Amazon Prime)

  • If you have Amazon Prime, this is a very economical cane because it is only $10.70 with free shipping. It has a sturdy walnut finish that reinforces it and keeps it from breaking. If you are buying in bulk, this might be the best move for you/your step team.

2. Red and White Electrical Tape

You can buy red and white electrical tape at most stores but by buying it on Amazon prime you can avoid having to buy it in bundles with extra colors like yellow that you will never use. Each roll of this particular tape is 66 feet long so we suggest buying two of each color so that you don’t end up wrapping a couple of canes and ending up with one cane that is only half wrapped.

Here is a link to buy this tape with free shipping for only $5.19 a roll. (Make sure that you pick the right colors when ordering): Red and White Electrical Tape – $5.19 + FREE SHIPPING

3. Scissors

To get the best wrap, you are going to need scissors that can cut the tape cleanly. Most people have scissors somewhere lying around but in the case you don’t, here is a link for some quality red Scotch brand scissors for $2.72 with free shipping included: Scotch Multi-Purpose Scissor, 7-Inches – $2.72+FREE SHIPPING

 

4. Stanley 20-526 15-Inch 12-Point/Inch SharpTooth Saw

Everyone has their own preferences on the length of their cane and you are almost never going to want to use the standard length of the cane for stepping and twirling. In order to cut the cane, you are going to want to buy a saw that will get you the right fit. We suggest the Stanley 20-526 15-inch 12-point/inch SharpTooth Saw. With Amazon prime, the saw is only $13.56 and they will ship it to your door for free. Just make sure not to cut your fingers off. Click here to buy the saw

Bonus: X-ACTO 2 Knife(For those who want to get fancy)

If you want to add designs, graphics, or words to your cane, the best bet is to purchase a quality X-ACTO Knife. This is not a necessary tool, but if you want to customize your cane, this is what you need.

Here is a link to purchase a quality one for cheap: X-ACTO 2 Knife $5.90 + FREE Shipping

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This Is How the Kappas Reveal New Initiates at Tennessee State University

The Kappas at Tennessee State University revealed a line that will go down in history!

The brothers of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at Tennessee State University introduced their Spring 17 initiates to campus and these brothers put on a show!

Check out their video below and show these brothers some love if you think they HELD IT DOWN!


Shot by @cbd_jonesy 🎥

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Kaepernick Just Donated $25,000 to Help Immigrant Youth Affected By Trump’s Repeal of DACA

San Fransisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick has decided to use his own money and the money he has made from his jersey sales to help the people of the Chicago area by supportingthe largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation to deal with Trump’s removal of DACA.

The 28-year -old member of Kappa Alpha Psi, who refused to stand during the national anthem during NFL games last year said he would donate the first $1 million he made from last season to organizations assisting communities affected by racial injustice and police brutality.

“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and be able to make the kind of money I do,” Kaepernick said. “I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in the position to succeed or given those opportunities to succeed,” he said last year.

“I will donate one million dollars plus all the proceeds of my jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities, 100k a month for 10 months,” he said on his website.

One of these communities just so happens to be immigrant children who are currently being threatened by the repeal of DACA.

For his recent pledge, which was announced yesterday,  Colin donated $25,000 to United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.

“We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status,” the about section on United We Dream‘s website states.

According to Kaepernick’s website, the $25,000 will go toward the following:

  • Addressing the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth. Over 100,000  members. Current focus: Organize and work for immigrant children to keep DACA in force.
  • 10k for upcoming travel. Air, hotel, lodging, and ground transportation.  United We Dream recently held event in Washington DC and sent 300 dreamers to lobby to keep DACA. This budget will pay for 75-100 attendees for a similar rally upcoming.
  • 10k for series of upcoming local gatherings in NY, CT, TX, FL, NM. Facilities rent and security, transportation, food, technology
  • 5k for text service for the network of over 100,000 members.

Along with this $25,000 donation, Kaepernick has donated to DREAM (Formerly RBI Harlem) a baseball program in Harlem, Coalition For The Homeless, and War on Children.

 

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The Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi in Houston Just Published This List of Things You Can Do to Help Hurricane Survivors

The Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. just released the following “Disaster Response Update” regarding Hurricane Harvey and the work that the members of the fraternity are doing to help survivors in the city. The message, which was penned by the alumni chapter’s Polemarch Ronald J. Lockett, II, covers FEMA, volunteer opportunities and ways that people can donate.

Read the full letter below

The Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is working with the other area alumni chapters, the Kappa Disaster Response & Recovery Team, FEMA, the Red Cross, and the City of Houston.  We have offered the Houston Alumni Kappa House as a POD (Point of Distribution) related to the flood recovery effort.  There are truckloads of resources that are already moving into position to service the area.  This will allow us to play a vital role in the response and the ongoing long-term recovery efforts.  At this time, the Kappa House (3349 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004) has not been activated as an official FEMA Point of Distribution, but we will begin accepting supplies from those able to donate starting Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11:00am – 4:00pm and continuing daily (*Suggested supply list attached)

There are many immediate volunteer opportunities at shelters in Houston and the surrounding communities where our assistance is greatly needed.  If you are safely able to leave your home to serve our fellow neighbors at a shelter, please do.  We encourage you to wear Kappa Alpha Psi paraphernalia. (Thank you to those who were able to volunteer over the past few days)

Monetary donations can be made directly to the Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi to purchase supplies, water, clothing, food for displaced members & their families along with the citizens of Houston communities: www.houkappa.com/donate 

We have recently spoken to the Polemarchs of the Beaumont & Port (TX) Arthur Alumni Chapters and they are dealing with the storm as well. They have several brothers who are currently waiting to be evacuated from their flooded homes while the rain is still pouring down. Please keep them and their families in your prayers as well as those in the Lake Charles, LA area.

We encourage affected individuals to immediately register with FEMA. Registering online at: www.DisasterAssistance.gov or www.fema.gov is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance.  Those who do not have access to the internet may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Those interested in becoming a part of FEMA’s standing disaster workforce should visit: https://careers.fema.gov/reservists-program

Please stay safe and heed the guidance and warnings of local authorities.  Keep the Faith and remember your life is more important than any material possessions.

Yours in the Bond,
Ronald J. Lockett, II
Polemarch, Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
info@houkappa.org
“Brotherhood, Achievement, Service & Social”

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