By Dakoda Smith, Staff Writer
Members of student organizations have the option to use their performing talents for a cause.
The upcoming Spring Sing event is an annual fundraiser hosted by Blue Key National Honors Society, and any interested student organization is allowed to compete.
The event is 8 p.m. March 2 in the Petree Recital Hall. Admission is $2, but participating organizations can pay their admission cost in the form of canned food, said Lauren Gralton, dance performance senior and president of Blue Key.
“We’re donating these goods to the YWCA,” she said. “And then the admissions fee — however much we raise for that — we will be donating to the Ronald McDonald House.”
Each organization’s performance requires at least eight participants and two songs that cannot last more than two minutes. The event is different than the annual Lip Sync event, Gralton said.
“Unlike Lip Sync, they actually have to sing,” she said. “Since we have so many talented people on campus.”
Chosen faculty members will judge the performances, Gralton said.
“Typically, there are three to five judges that are often chosen for their musical experience so that they can critique accurately,” she said.
The judges are provided with certain categories to evaluate the students’ performance, Gralton said.
“Fifty percent of it is sound quality, 30 percent is presentation, which includes costumes, props and choreography,” she said. “The other 20 percent is their material and originality.”
Last year’s second-place winners are returning in hopes of first place, said Andrew Luzania, vocal performance sophomore.
“I co-arranged our Spring Sing and am semi-directing it with Justin White for Lambda Chi,” he said. “We’re coming back to hopefully improve.”
Spring Sing is a more positive competition since it is for a good cause, Luzania said.
“To me, it’s one of the more lighthearted events that we do in competition with other Greeks,” he said. “It’s still very competitive, but it’s fun to go and see what everyone’s put together.”
Luzania said he could not be specific in his plans for Lambda Chi’s performance but is sure that it will be entertaining.
“We’ll be doing a medley through the ages,” he said. “There’ll be something from quite a few eras of American music.”
In past years, the competition only was open to Greek organizations, Gralton said.
“This year, it’s open to all student organizations,” she said. “We hope everyone on campus comes out to support fellow students and donate to a good cause.”