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Did you know that the winner of this year’s Midwest Greek Weekend was a Kappa who did a one-man show?

It is true and we have video! Last weekend, Phineas Clark, an initiate of the Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at the University of Minnesota brought out multiple Kappa Kanes and hit the stage, bringing home the gold for Kappa Alpha Psi.

We at Watch The Yard reached out to the Kappa Kanemaster and found out that he initially was waiting to perform with his team but couldn’t because of their schedules. Instead of having the Nupes drop out of the competition, he decided to do hold it down for 1911 and perform all by himself.

This is what told us in an email:

“In April, when I decided that I was moving to Ohio, I noticed some promotional material for the MWGW step show on social media. My initial thought was that some brothers from my chapter would be able to travel to Ohio and we could do the performance together. I wrote to the show coordinators and asked whether not they had a Kappa team yet. They told me that they didn’t, and that they had not had one for the last couple of years. In light of that, I registered in mid-June. I figured that I would have time to rally some of my chapter brothers, or possibly join up with a pre-existing team in Ohio once I got there in July. Worst case scenario, I could just give another team my spot, if need be.
 
As June became July and I made the move, I had had no luck connecting with any step teams in Ohio, and it seemed like the brothers for my chapter were all going have conflicts on Labor Day weekend. I didn’t want to give up hope, and decided that if it came to it, I would do the show has a solo act.  My thinking was, it was better to have one guy representing Kappa Alpha Psi then no one at all. I hate going to step shows and not seeing my fraternity represented. I feel immense pride and passion when it comes to Kappa, so I always want to see us represented and represented well on stage and out in the world.

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-3-54-56-pmOnce more, I checked in with the show coordinators to see if any other Kappa teams had applied, which they had not. I didn’t want to deprive a full team of my fraternity brothers the opportunity to
perform if they had been ready and able.

At this point, August was in full swing. Since I have been stepping for a long time, the challenge of putting together a show was easy for me to meet, because I had a lot of experience and choreography to draw upon. I figured, win, lose or draw, I would give the crowd a great shown in the name of my frat.

I chose to go with the theme of Nupey Mario because I had always love the games as a kid, and I also thought it was very relatable. Since I would be solo, and since pretty much everyone loves Mario, they might really connect with the character and become interested in seeing me succeed up there on stage.
 

I competed against a team of Alphas from Toledo, Omegas from Columbus, and Sigmas from Bowling Green University. I was backstage for most of their performances, yet I could tell that they were putting on great shows with creative themes, just based on what I was able to hear and how hype the crowd was. When it was my turn to perform, I unnamedreminded myself that Kappa had never let me down and just chose not let Kappa down, either. I hit the stage, did my best, and left it all out there. The crowd really connected with my performance and I definitely fed off of their energy.

When the show was over, I had no idea what the results would be, though I felt good about it. When the winners were announced, and I learned that I had taken first place, it was a great feeling. I have won many step competitions before as part of a team, so this was familiar, yet different. In truth, I had thought that this would be an even more special experience, but it turns out that having teammates to celebrate with is really what it’s all about. I walked away with the trophy, some prize money, and a great story. Even though I’m very happy that I was victorious, I can honestly say that I can’t wait to be part of a team again.”

We at WatchTheYard.com were able to get ahold of exclusive video of the performance that was taken by people who were snapchatting the show. We have combined the snap clips into one full video for you to see proof that this Nupe is a BEAST with the Kappa Kane.

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How Kappa Alpha Psi Helped Stop Richard Spencer’s White Nationalist Group From Speaking at Michigan State

A SPLC listed white nationalist group by the name of The National Policy Institute requested to reserve space for a speaker at Michigan State University and the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi were not having it.

On Wednesday, Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon released a statement saying The National Policy Institute wants to have a speaker on campus, and that MSU was “reviewing the request closely in light of the deplorable violence in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend.

While the statement didn’t say who the group wanted to have speak, the Lansing State Journal notes that Richard Spencer, the high-profile white supremacist who has advocated for a white homeland for a “dispossessed white race” and called for “peaceful ethnic cleansing” to halt the “deconstruction” of European culture, is president and director of the The National Policy Institute.

The brothers of the Northern Province and specifically the Delta Pi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi issued a letter to the Michigan State University President urging her to deny The National Policy Institute’s request.

“We urge you in the strongest terms to DENY the request for the white nationalist group to speak on our beloved campus. We recognize that Michigan State University is a public institution and that “free speech” is a right of all Americans. However, after the most recent incidents at the University of Virginia, the saftey of our students, faculty and staff are far more important. We also must realize that “free speech” must be responsible. Spreading a message of hate, bigotry and anti-Semitism is not healthy for the campus of Michigan State University, nor our country, nor our world.”

They followed by stating that the Kappas would be there in numbers to support the university president’s denial of the request.

“We are proud to be holding our annual leadership conference September 15-16, 2017 at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development on your campus. We will have over 200 Kappa Men from Michigan, N.W. Ohio and Western NY visiting the campus on that weekend. Please know that the more than 5,000 members of the Northern Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. are ready to stand with you and support you in denying this request.”

Other groups around campus and the community also issued their concern and this was part of a huge local outcry.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the university said it denied the request.

“This decision was made due to significant concerns about public safety in the wake of the tragic violence in Charlottesville last weekend,” the statement said. “While we remain firm in our commitment to freedom of expression, our first obligation is to the safety and security of our students and our community.”

We at Watch The Yard would like to commend these Kappas on standing up and speaking out. We believe that this letter can be used as an example for all D9 undergrad and graduate chapters when concerned about white supremacist at their schools or in their communities.

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Bust out the guitar, because its time for some Kappa blues!

Singer, songwriter and musician, Aaron Marcus Payne, posted the following rendition of the song “Standing Tall” to his official YouTube page to celebrate Kappa Alpha Psi’s Founders’ Day.

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Read the Official Letter Kappa Alpha Psi Just Sent to the NFL Regarding Colin Kaepernick

The Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. published a letter that he wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently supporting his fraternity brother Colin Kaepernick on behalf of the fraternity.

Read the full letter below.

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