The Tau Sigma chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. recently initiated 17 new members into the organization.

The Tau Sigma chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. recently initiated 17 new members into the organization.

New members include:

• DeMarkus Berry — junior, Alexandria, La.; son of Brenda Berry.

• William Brown III — junior, Chicago, Ill.; son of William Brown Jr. and Sarah Mayberry.

• Dennis R. Brunson Jr. — junior, Hot Springs; son of Cathy Sue and Dennis R. Brunson Sr.

• Cedric Burnett Jr. — sophomore, Pine Bluff ; son of Tawanna Dunlap and the late Cedric Burnett Sr.

• Timothy Campbell — senior, Little Rock; son of Angela Campbell and Lewis Jenkins.

• Demetrius Combs — senior, East St. Louis, Ill.; son of Dominic and Kim Combs.

• Jalen Dabner — junior, Pine Bluff; son of Henry and Felicia Dabner.

• Caleb Ealy — senior, Houston, Texas; son of Bruce and Pamelia Ealy.

• Travis Hebert — sophomore, Baton Rouge, La.; son of Toye Hebert and Vernon Day.

• Randall Hill — senior, Memphis, Tenn.; son of Reginald and Dolores Hill.

• Carlton Hughes — senior, Chicago; son of Reginald and Gwendolyn Hughes

• Gregory L. Hunter II — sophomore, Pine Bluff; son of the late Gregory L. and Glenda Hunter.

• Darrin Kidd Jr. — senior, Pine Bluff; son of Darrin Kidd Sr. and Andrea Tucker.

• Edlund Marshall — senior, Elaine; son of Edward and Lenora Marshall.

• Toddra Pamplin Jr. — junior, West Memphis; son of Angela and Toddra Pamplin Sr.

• Anthony Smith — senior, Rison; son of James Smith and Lucille Brown.

• Cameron Strong — junior, West Memphis; son of Harrison and Rosie Strong.

The initiation ceremony was supervised by Ray Sturgis, Omega Psi Phi Membership Selection chairman for South Arkansas, and Lyndon B. Lovelace, Omega Psi Phi state representative for South Arkansas.

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was founded Nov. 17, 1911, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., by three college students — Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper, and Frank Coleman — with assistance from their faculty adviser, Ernest E. Just. The Tau Sigma chapter was chartered March 11, 1945, on the campus of AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) by Butler T. Henderson, with assistance from Lawrence A. "Prexy" Davis Sr. The organization’s motto is "friendship is essential to the soul." The cardinal principles are manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift.