Alcorn State University hosted its annual BraveFest week from April 11 – April 18. This event is held every spring semester to honor students before leaving for summer break.
Saturday, April 11, 2015 kicked off BraveFest week with a Brave Life 5K run/walk in Vicksburg, MS. The walk began at 8:00 a.m. The event was a success with many students attending and participating. There was a $10 registration fee for students with valid a student ID.
Sunday, April 12 was the weekly chapel service at Oakland Memorial Chapel located on the main campus in Lorman, MS. Students are always supportive of the student ministry on Sundays.
Monday, April 13, after a long day of classes students enjoyed the Student Government Association (SGA) vs. the Alcorn Panhellenic Council (APC) in a basketball tournament. The game was held in the E.E. Simmons Gymnasium (Old Gym) at 5:00 p.m. In participation against the SGA were the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The APC and SGA played two halves and by the end of the second half, the score was tied 56-56. The game went into overtime and the Alcorn Panhellenic Council defeated the Alcorn SGA 63-59. The students were rooting on their peers throughout the game. Denzel Weatherspoon, a junior from Ruleville, MS, said, “I had an amazing time watching the SGA play the Greeks.” After the basketball game there was a talent showcase at 7:00 p.m. It was an event of good music, good vibes, and creativity. It was held at the library auditorium.
Tuesday, April 14, students had the chance to wear their red carpet outfit and attend the Braves Choice Awards. It was held in the James L. Bolden Campus Ballroom at 5:00 p.m. Many students were honored at this event for their hard work around the University. The Junior Class of Alcorn was named Class of the Year. The class has submitted the most community service around the campus and in the community. This is the class of 2016 second year in a row winning this title. Adrian McLain, The Junior Class President from Memphis, TN, said, “It is an honor to have served as this class’ president both times they claimed this title.” After the awards ceremony the brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity, Inc. had their “The Come Back” probate show.
On Wednesday, April 15, the GQ Modeling Squad had a fashion show. It was held at 7:00 p.m in the Campus Union Ballroom. Students of the modeling squad showcased different clothing lines. During the intermission there were performances by Alcorn student, Josh Waters.
On Thursday, April 16, the students had a block party in the E.E. Simmons Gymnasium. The party had music by the famous DJ T-Money. On Friday, faculty, staff, and students attended the Prayer Breakfast and Inaugural Ceremony in honor of Alcorn’s 19th President, Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr.
Saturday, April 18 was the biggest event of the week. BraveFest ended with a concert at the Davey L. Whitney Gymnasium. The concert featured a few of Alcorn’s very own artist for opening acts such as Lit West and Josh Waters. The headlining artists at the concert were Mississippi’s own Big Krit, Level from Baton Rouge, LA and Snootie Wild front Atlanta, GA. The gymnasium was filled with students and people from around the state. Alcorn’s BraveFest week is always a success and the students are always appreciative of this annual event.