83rd Annual Greek Sing Rocks Olmsted Arts Center

Kayse Schmucker, Co-News Editor

Members from each of Baldwin Wallace University’s Greek organizations pulled out all the stops for this year’s rendition of the storied, annual event known as Greek Sing. The Olmsted Performing Arts Center hosted the musical affair in its 83rd year Saturday November 22.
Each year, at the end of the performances, one fraternity and one sorority are chosen as overall winners for the night. Fraternity Phi Kappa Tau and sorority Alpha Phi took home the top honors for 2014 with the themes “The Good the Bad and the Phi Tau” and “Circle of Life,” respectively.
“We incorporated all the pillars of Fraternity and Sorority Life to talk about how we all come together as a community to serve others and that we are all truly one,” Annette Fetter, a senior public relations major and former president of Alpha Phi, said. Their medley of songs incorporated renditions of “Cheetah Sisters” and “Hound Dog,” along with mashups of other Disney songs.
“Our chapter is full of phenomenal singers and dancers so we like to showcase all the talent we have. Overall, we try to just have a good time with it and try to do our best,” Fetter said of her fellow Alpha Phis, who have now taken home the title for the women three years in a row.
The Phi Kappa Taus did mixes of “Wanted Dead or Alive” and Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West” among other songs.
“Our Greek Sing director for the past three years, Vince Matia has always pushed the brothers to excel beyond what is expected of them,” Michael Mullaney, a senior Phi Tau and a member of the Greek Sing Committee, said.
More than a competition, the night serves as a chance for the men and women of BW campus’s Greek Life to show off their singing and dancing talent in front of an audience consisting of everyone from friends and family to BW faculty.
Well before the show, each chapter creates their own unique medley of songs based on a theme decided on by its members. For all chapters across the board, the preparation is the most important part.
“We voted on a theme, then Nick Traverso wrote the script and got it approved by Greek Life,” Kyle Susman, a junior broadcasting major and chaplain for Sigma Phi Epsilon, said.     Sigma Phi Epsilon came in third place, dancing to Avril Lavigne’s “Skater Boi” and R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix)” fitting into their theme, “Back to Middle School.”
Similarly, the women of Alpha Gamma Delta chose directors Jessica Sette, Erin Wienczkowski and Hedy Francescangeli and formed committees for props, lyrics, and dancers, to involve everyone in the planning process.
“Our theme was about fellow Gams traveling around the world and learning about different countries and cultures,” senior marketing and public relations major of Alpha Gamma Delta, Chelsea Glosser, said.
Other memorable themes included “High School Musical: The Awwww Jackets Story” from Delta Zeta, and“Pillars Assemble” from Lambda Chi Alpha—which won Most Humorous for its use of superheroes as the five pillars of Greek Life fighting the evil Doctor Hazing.
Above all else, Greek Sing provides a way for members of each Greek organization to get involved and grow closer to each other.
As Mullaney put it: “Who doesn’t want to put on a mini-musical with their brothers.”