By Katherine Tavarez
Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity held its first Lip Sync Battle at the Hillwood Recital Hall on Nov. 2. The Lip Sync battle was held to raise awareness for the Children’s Miracle Network.
The Lip Sync battle consisted of three teams: “Tri Chi,” which included three brothers from Theta Chi fraternity; “Deez Nuts,” which included five members of Delta Zeta sorority; and “Xi Notes” from Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Each team signed up to participate prior to performing and were able to pick their own songs and made up their own dance. Some of the songs featured were “Wannabe” by Spice Girls, “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel, a remix of “London Bridge” and “7 Things” by Miley Cyrus.
A raffle was held in which students were able to win prizes such as snacks, a drone, heated blanket, and autographed New York Islanders memorabilia. The event cost $2 to enter. Some of the judges included Mickie Ramson, Matt Blanar and Ryan Day, who all work for campus life.
The event was well received by those who attended. There were approximately 40 people at the event.
Philip Lundgren, Philanthropy Chairperson of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, said, “It’s a fun event, to watch people perform and make a fool of themselves.”
Greg Vavrinec, President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, was the host of the show. “I might be doing this again in the spring, the turnout was great and I am hoping for an even better turnout in the spring,” he said. “On top of that, we were able to raise money for a great cause.
After the performances, the teams were judged on their performance, costume and readiness. “Tri Chi” took first place, winning a $40 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card. Second place was “Deez Nuts,” and third place was “Xi notes.” Both teams received candy baskets made by the fraternity.
Ryan Gioe, vice president of Theta Chi and winner of the Lip Sync battle, said, “everyone did a really amazing job, but I think what made us win was us just having fun with it. Between Aaron Copper being a theater major and Mehrdad Mohtarami stealing the show with his wig drop. The crowd loved us.”
The Children’s Miracle Network Hospital raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations go to hospitals around the area that are members of the Children’s Miracle Network. Sigma Alpha Epsilon chose this organization because they are nationally partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network.
“It doesn’t have too much to do with the fraternity, we thought it would be a really fun concept to get people involved to donate to a good cause,” Vavrinec said.
The event raised roughly $100 and went on for about an hour. The fraternity is hoping to bring the Lip Sync contest to campus again next semester with hopes to raise more money.