Spring Sing kicks off Greek Week

Kelly Richardson

Members of Greek organizations aren’t particularly known for their singing or dancing abilities, but after this weekend, that may all change.

That change will come in the form of Spring Sing, an event that kicks off Greek Week at 7 p.m. Sunday in Van Meter Auditorium. Greek Week is full of various events for all members of fraternities and sororities.

In Spring Sing, fraternities and sororities each create a song-and-dance routine that abides by the overall competition’s theme. The winner gets points added to their total for Greek Week, and awards will be handed out at the convocation on April 25.

This year’s theme is “Big Red’s Broadway.” Each routine must include Broadway show tunes.

Although a rendition of “Singin’ in the Rain” may be easy, many Greeks don’t see it that way. The organizations have spent weeks or even months preparing for this one night by holding practices several times a week.

“It’s a lot of hard work,” said Shelbyville senior Morgan McLaughlin, president of Sigma Kappa sorority. “But we get to spend a lot of time together. And the theme this year makes it that much more fun.”

Emmie Bertelkamp, a senior from Brentwood, Tenn.; Louisville senior Lauren Massey; Emily Drumwright, a senior from Hendersonville, Tenn.; and Alisha Yates, a senior from Cross Plains, Tenn., all see the hard work aspect of Spring Sing, too.

The four Alpha Omicron Pi sorority members are the chairpersons for Spring Sing. Massey is in charge of props for the show, Yates takes care of the costumes and Bertelkamp and Drumwright organize the show’s choreography.

“I just wanted to be involved somehow,” Yates said of her taking the job as costume chair.

But while fraternities and sororities take it very seriously, they said they have a lot of fun too.

Leitchfield junior Brandon Kinkade, a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, likes “the fact that everyone can get on stage and goof off, but at the same time make some sort of impression.”

Joe Hiett, a junior from Carthage, Tenn., and a member of Farmhouse, which has won the fraternity portion of Spring Sing three years in a row, said that Spring Sing gives participants a chance to “show that you have a little bit of coordination about yourself.”

After Spring Sing, Greek Week will continue with a banner competition on Monday, a Jeopardy-like game called Greek Feud on Tuesday, a faculty appreciation dinner and a prayer breakfast on Wednesday, an Events Day on Thursday, a tug-of-war game on Friday and the convocation on Sunday.

Louisville senior Sara Peak, a member of Kappa Delta sorority, summed up what Spring Sing and Greek Week is all about.

“We just like that it’s all the sororities and fraternities coming together,” she said.

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