Greeks go Hollywood for Shenanigans

Adriane Hardin

Sweat poured down the faces of the six men on Van Meter Auditorium’s stage.

Dressed in skirts and knotted t-shirts showing their hairy stomachs, they swayed their hips suggestively and stomped mud-caked boots to the tune of “Summer Lovin'”.

Farmhouse was one of the groups representing nine Greek organizations in Kappa Delta Shenanigans Tuesday night.

“People get crazy-involved with Shenanigans. It’s a big deal,” said Union senior Lauren Millard, KD’s president.

This year’s event even featured surprise guests Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity who performed an unplanned step routine.

The theme was “Lights, Camera, Shenanigans,” so all acts featured movie soundtracks.

While some organizations chose to showcase soundtracks from different movies, Farmhouse took a slightly different route.

“We wanted to stick with one certain movie and do all our stuff from it,” said Anon Goins, a freshman from Bedford, Ind.

The nappy wigs and mismatched costumes of Farmhouse members posing as the ‘Pink Ladies’ of “Grease” brought the crowd to its feet to deliver a standing ovation.

Alpha Omicron Pi won first place for sororities with a dance routine centered around the Austin Powers soundtrack, transforming one member into the super-swinger himself.

“They had showmanship, smiles, were well-rehearsed and costumes were good. The girl dressed as Austin Powers had so much stage presence,” said judge Ed Robertson.

Participants were evaluated on creativity, theme, staying within the six-to-eight-minute time limit and appearance.

The Kappa Alpha Order fraternity came out gyrating to the “Ghostbusters” soundtrack, packing rifle-sized water guns. Those members of the audience who crouched on the floor to get a better view screamed as KA members faced the audience and fired.

“We get nervous about what fraternities will do,” Millard said. “Sometimes they surprise us.”

Some Greeks, like Sigma Phi Epsilon Mike Bauers, a sophomore from Louisville, just came to enjoy the show.

He was disappointed with Sig Ep’s fourth place showing but said Shenanigans was a good time.

“I thought all fraternities and sororities did a great job. AOPis were my favorite,” Bauer said.

Alpha Delta Pi received second with a performance that included rollerskating and a “Coyote Ugly” routine.

Chi Omega placed third with a dance centered around movies like “Mission Impossible.”

Sigma Kappa finished fourth.

In the fraternity competition, Phi Delta Theta presented the “History of Hollywood: Phi Delt Style” and received first place.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon danced half-naked down the aisles for a “Full Monty” routine and finished second.

Sigma Chi received third place with songs from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Some who took the stage weren’t listed on the program.

The Alphas requested stage time to perform a step show. The result was a mesmerized crowd whose screams and cheers echoed throughout the auditorium.

Everyone who saw the show paid $3. Money raised from Shenanigans goes to the Family Enrichment Center of Bowling Green.

“It’s basically a center that prevents child abuse, and helps parents who have abused their children by giving them counseling,” Millard said.

Shenanigans raised about $3,000 last year. KD estimates this year’s total will be similar.

Most left with nothing but pride, but Hawesville freshman Brandon Johnson had regrets.

“It was a lot of fun,” the Lambda Chi Alpha brother said. “But we’ll get ourselves in shape next year. We’ll do better next time.”

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