Imagine two hundred women squealing out the highest possible pitch all at the same time. This was my reality when I stumbled upon a Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated conference.
My fraternity brothers asked us to attend a performance at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, but we didn’t expect to be welcomed by some many Sigma Gamma Rho sorority sisters. However, I was able to experience for the first time a “call off.”
Each historically black fraternity and sorority has a set of distinct calls. This allows for brothers and sisters nation wide to audibly detect who is from which organization. All the sororities have eardrum-rupturing calls, while the fraternities utilize ground-shaking bass in theirs. A “call off” has a similar structure of rap battle. One organization starts off a call and another organization responds with one of their own.
The constant back and forth between the two hundred Rhos and the fifteen Alphas eventually lead to a concoction of noise. The roar of the room could be heard from across the whole campus. High-pitched calls were ringing my ears, but our call still made the air shake. It ended with both organizations holding their ground until the MC of the night abruptly stopped it. Partaking in something like this was amazing because it showed the unity amongst the each Greek lettered organization. Even though the Rhos and Alphas were from all over we still where able to unify with our calls.