Students performed with their organizations last week during the 69th annual Spring Sing competition.
Blue Key Honor Society organizes Spring Sing each year. Any student organization can compete by putting together a 10-minute long skit that features live singing.
“For some organizations, Spring Sing is a bonding activity between members, and for some, it helps them find pride in their organizations because they are representing themselves on the stage,” said Kristine Bachicha, dance management senior and Spring Sing coordinator. “The themes of some skits also often focus on life on campus, showcasing what OCU is all about.”
Six Greek organizations competed at 8 p.m. March 2 in Petree Recital Hall. Judges awarded:
– 1st place to Alpha Chi Omega sorority,
– 2nd place to Gamma Phi Beta sorority and
– 3rd place to Phi Mu sorority.
“It’s always really great to see what the other organizations have put together each year,” said Lauren Greb, dance senior and Alpha Chi Omega member. “Spring Sing was such a great experience that allowed me to bond with my sisters, and we really came together and killed it, winning our first ever 1st place trophy for the event.”
To watch Alpha Chi Omega’s Spring Sing video, click here.
Audience members voted Alpha Phi sorority “Best in Show.” Students voted via Twitter poll after the performances.
“I love Spring Sing because I get to know my sisters a lot better,” said Madelaine Heigele, vocal performance sophomore and Alpha Phi member. “I also loved how they did the Best in Show award. The support from the school voting was amazing.”
OCU Improv performed sketches for the audience while the judges tallied scores.
Spring Sing collects donations for a specific philanthropy each year. This year, every competing organization was asked to bring at least 10 school supplies from a provided list to donate to City Rescue Mission, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless community with food, shelter, clothing, and other necessities.
Spring Sing began as “May Day University Sing” in 1948, when Milton Kreuger, a student at the time, had the idea during a snowstorm.
Through Blue Key Honor Society, Kreuger organized his event, advertising it with bookmarks, posters and direct mail to students.
University staff set up 150 chairs outside Clara E. Jones Administration Building, and organizations performed on the lawn. While judges tallied scores, the audience joined the performers in community singing.
The location and month changed, but most of Kreuger’s vision is still in effect.
“Spring Sing was quite the adventure. In the end, it was totally worth it,” said Lindsay Steinberg, acting freshman and Phi Mu member. “I am so incredibly proud of each and every Phi Mu in the cast, and I wouldn’t have wanted to make my directing/choreography/writing debut with any other group.”