Step it Up: KD wins Unity Step Show

Members of Kappa Delta sorority celebrate Thursday evening in the Downing University Center Auditorium after winning the 10th annual Unity Step Show with their zombie-themed dance. Proceeds from the event, hosted by Kappa Sigma, went to the March of Dimes, an organization that seeks to “help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.”

Taylor Harrison

Energy and excitement filled the crowded Downing University Center auditorium on Thursday night at the 10th  Annual Unity Step Show. Kappa Delta sorority was the night’s winner, with Omega Phi Alpha sorority coming in second and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority in third place.

When the results were announced, the KDs burst into cheers and rushed the stage as the winners accepted their trophy.

Versailles senior Suzanne Adkisson said she couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out.

“Winning this kind of made me feel that I did my part and that I’m leaving KD with a good, positive note and a great memory to leave with,” Adkisson said.

The room was filled with sorority sisters wearing their letters and cheering on their step teams while they each gave their performances. Teams from Phi Mu sorority, Alpha Xi Delta sorority and Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity also performed.

A variety of Greek organizations on campus came together for this event, with chapters from the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association and the National Pan-Hellenic Council all taking part in one way or another.

The step show, hosted by Kappa Sigma fraternity, raised more than $3,700 for the March of Dimes.

The show began as the night’s co-hosts, Kappa Sigma President Robert Whittley and Alpha Kappa Alpha Vice President Sarah Root, welcomed the crowd and did a “roll call.” This gave the sororities and fraternities in attendance a chance to cheer and chant when their name was called.

Root also coached KD for the step show.

“To just see them come out and shine the way that they did tonight was really good,” Root said.

The first step was the only step performed by a fraternity — the men of Fiji started off the night with their “Unity Monster” step.

Each step had its own theme. KD’s theme was ‘Zombies’ with the performers sporting wild hair and makeup to appear like zombies.

Cincinnati senior Kayla Spelling, who performed in the step, came up with the zombie idea.

“I’m really strange and weird,” Spelling said. “And I love horror films, and we were trying to think of something that was going to be different and crazy and kind of scary and so I thought, ‘Why not do a zombie apocalypse that hit WKU?’”

A unique aspect of KD’s performance was the video footage of zombie attacks woven in throughout their step.

Another KD performer, Winchester senior Jessica Meibers, said the video was also Spelling’s idea.

“She just kind of took hold of that and just went with it and did an amazing job on our video, and we were just super excited,” Meibers said. “It was something different that no one else had, so that was what we were really looking forward to.”

Cincinnati sophomore Kristen Foltz said the team worked really hard at each practice to prepare for their performance.

“Every single time it’s been go, go, go,” Foltz said.

All the themes of the night varied greatly. OPA’s theme was “Most Wanted Steppers” featuring orange jumpsuits and a jailhouse breakout. AOPi’s theme was “Team Pandemonium.” Their theme featured their performers as secret agents, similar to Charlie’s Angels, and they had to “take out” the competition.