By Bailey Clemmons ’14
What do a reflecting pool, a pergola and a library all have in common? These three components are features of a project now taking shape at the heart of the NCCU campus. A “Restore the Bowl” project is nearing completion in the area previously known as the Greek Bowl, and the plan includes making the area inclusive to all of NCCU. A pergola and patio with a seating wall are being added, along with a reflecting pool and fountain between the pergola and the James E. Shepard Memorial Library — an attractive refreshment to all who pass by it.
Robin Hanes-Featherstone, the assistant director for Greek Life and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority for 20 years, said, “The Greek Bowl is an important part of people’s lives at NCCU.” During homecoming, NCCU alumni gather around the fraternity or sorority that they are a part of and sing their ‘hymns’ with Eagle pride!
Kevin Jones, director of the Alfonso Elder Student Union, said that although the Greek Bowl has always been open to everyone, many people perceive it as being primarily for members of fraternities and sororities. “I hope the change of the physical structure of the Bowl will help change people’s mindset about what its purpose is and always has been,” Jones said. It will be more useful and more welcoming to people, he said, and “a central meeting place for everyone.”