Greek life raises funds

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Student members of the Sigma Pi Fraternity strike a pose, mid-dance during the annual Lip Sync event at the Center for the Arts on Nov. 7.

The sorority AOPi held its 27th annual Lip Sync battle in early November. This is the highest number of participants the organization has had to date with 18 Greek chapters participating. All of the proceeds made from ticket sales goes directly to the Arthritis Foundation to help provide funding for arthritis research. By the end of the competition, Greek life raised $11,600 solely off ticket sales and change wars donations made throughout the week.

Over the last month and a half, Greek life chapters have been choreographing and practicing a five-minute dance to a compilation of music for the theme they chose to do. On top of creating a dance, each chapter decorates a banner that goes along with their theme that is voted on for points that will be added to their overall score.

Vice President of Philanthropy Kate Richardson said, "It has been a blast getting to see every chapter put in so much hard work these past few months … Nevertheless a fun and enjoyable way to raise money."

The possibilities for awards fell under the following categories: top three of sororities, top three of fraternities, philanthropy, banner, AOPi choice and audience choice. The audience choice and philanthropy winner was awarded to Kappa Alpha Theta for raising the most money. AOPi's choice was Alpha Gamma with their Squirrel Scouts performance. The top three fraternities were Pike, coming in first with the banner competition also under their belt, following ATO and then Sigma Pi. The top three sororities finished with Alpha Delta Pi in first place and the winner of the banner competition. Kappa Delta followed with second place and Chi Omega landed first.

Lindsey McNamee and Hannah Burchell choreographed ADPi's heartbreaker routine that sealed them the win for the competition. There are a lot of little details that go into making the performance such as costume, makeup, hair, timing and even something as small as lip syncing the right words according to the two coaches.

"There is so much that goes into getting a routine down pat, but the outcome is always worth it," Burchell said.

McNamee agreed and said the win was a moral booster for the sorority.

"Winning Greek sing in the spring and coming back to win Lip Sync in the fall feels so good," McNamee said.

Pi Kappa Alpha finished in first place with their fun and entertaining performance of Clue. After not getting the first prize last Lip Sync, they knew they had to come this year and bring home the title. Griffin Sexton a three-time participant in the event, said one of the best parts about this event is "feeling the energy and excitement from the audience after doing a big move or hearing our music."

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