Finer Womanhood Week
By Jasmine Carr
The ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Omicron Gamma Chapter celebrated their heritage and service during Greek Week March 2 to March 6.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority member Tracy Jackson on March 3 hosted "What does the Internet say about you?" Jackson asked the students in attendance, "Do you know who is watching you in cyberspace?"
The Internet is increasingly being used for background investigations of potential employees and other types of inquiries, Jackson said. Statistics show that 41 percent of people whose backgrounds were investigated via the Internet by potential employers were shown to have inappropriate photographs posted on websites.
Another threat posed by the Internet is identity theft, which can impact a person's ability to obtain and maintain credit. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority gave some tips for using the Internet:
- Choose your words carefully
- Think about the pictures you upload
- Be mindful of the websites you choose to visit, and
- Limit the amount of personal information that you make public.
"The program was very informative and made me aware of common internet threats," said Enitan Oyekoya.
Other events during the week included,
"Blame it on the Alcohol" with ATOD on March 4. ATOD is a sex and drug awareness program mentored by Vanessa Cooke, who presented the program. One of the messages that college students should know is that "while you are intoxicated all the things it leads to are negative, like unprotected sex and possible use of various drugs."
The week ended with Mix for Babies on March 6. This program had food, games, music, prizes and was lots of fun. During this program, attendees also received information about March of Dimes. March of Dimes has worked with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. for more than 30 years.
The sorority also has involved itself in the March of Dimes and the Stork's Nest program. Stork's Nest program is designed to promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during the pregnancy. The Stork's Nest prenatal education session provides information, educational material and referrals that help clients take good care of themselves and their babies, etc.
"The Mix for Babies" was a kick-off program to let students know about the team we want to start for the March of Dimes on April 18, 2009 in Watkins Park. This is a part of our National Programs Stork's Nest. Every Friday in April we will have a table in the Wiseman Student Center, so people can sign up for the March," said Alexis Janifer, vice president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Omicron Gamma Chapter.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is an international, historically black Greek-lettered sorority. Zeta Phi Beta has over 800 chapters, in eight intercontinental regions including the USA, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. In 1948, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. became the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc was founded on January 16, 1920 on Howard University. The founders of this sorority are Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie, and Pearl Neal.