Greeks perform Shenanigans in new venue

Members of the Sigma Nu and Delta Tau Delta fraternities and Sigma Kappa sorority dance in the third act of Shenanigans, a philanthropy event hosted by the Kappa Delta sorority at Van Meter Hall on Wednesday night. These three Greek organizations were named the winners of the event.

Zirconia Alleyne

Correction: Due to a Herald error, information in this story was incorrect. Shenanigans was not the first Greek event to be held in Van Meter Hall. It was the first event to be hosted by a Greek organization in Van Meter.

Tonight the Kappa Deltas called on their fellow Pan-Hellenic Council sororities and fraternities to raise money for their fall philanthropy event, Shenanigans.

The crowd roared as the organizations took the stage and performed tunes from their favorite movie soundtracks.

In the end, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Nu, and Delta Tau Delta triumphed with their hip-hop moves from “Step Up 3D.”

Shenanigans began more than 20 years ago, according to event chair Caitlyn Pike, a junior from LaGrange.

It’s the first event to be hosted by a Greek organization in the newly renovated Van Meter Hall. In past years, the event took place in the Downing University Center theatre, which was easily overcrowded.

Pike and her fellow Kappa Delta chairwomen, Nashville senior Mandy Lowry and Springfield senior Sara Robinson, were happy about the change of venue.

Lowry said the chapter was excited to host the event at Van Meter because they had to turn some people away when it took place at DUC.

“It sucks to have to turn people away because it’s a philanthropy event, but I would love to have a thousand people here,” Lowry said. “It holds way more people than DUC.”

Robinson said she has watched the event grown over the past three years that she’s been involved.

At 7 p.m., Van Meter Hall was packed, almost to capacity, with more than 12 Greek organizations and spectators.

Each sorority was paired with two fraternities to perform an 8 to 10 minute dance routine.

The teams did a lot of poppin’, lockin’, sock-hoppin’ and acrobatics to songs from “Space Jam,” “Step Up 3D,” “Grease,” and “The Hangover.”

Sigma Kappa paired up with Delta Tau Delta and Sigma Nu to get down to “Step Up 3D.”

Lexington freshman Heather Buzard watched as her friends jived across the stage.

“I liked the Grease dancing the most because that’s my favorite movie,” Buzard said. “It’s good entertainment for people on campus and it’s great that they do it for a good cause.”

Angie Landon, a senior from Clarksville, Tenn. and Sigma Kappa’s foundation chair, said she loves participating in Shenanigans each year.

“We tried to invite as many people as possible to raise money,” Landon said. “It’s also really fun, because a lot of us are dancers and love to do this.”

The teams prepared choreography for more than three weeks and were thrilled to hit the stage.

Josh Mabry, a Louisville senior and Sigma Nu member, has participated in Shenanigans for the past four years.

“The practices were long, sometimes 10 to 1 in the morning, but it was worthwhile,” he said. “It’s a great philanthropy.”