Greeks gear up for an ‘awesomely bad songfest’

Ryan Wilkinson

It is likely to be a bad night – an awesomely bad night.

Songfest, sponsored by the Inter-Greek Programming Board, will take place tomorrow night at 6 p.m. in the Student Center ballroom. The event pairs fraternity and sorority organizations together to battle in a singing and dancing competition.

“This year the theme is ‘Awesomely Bad Songfest’ and all the songs must be from VH1’s Awesomely Bad countdown lists,” said Jeanette Kletzli, IGPB’s Songfest chair. “I think humor is important, and this theme should be fun.”

This year, all proceeds from the event will go to the NEWBEginnings foundation, an organization dedicated to conquering adolescent and young-adult cancer. It was created in memory of Jeffrey Newbauer Jr., a former Kent State student who lost his battle with cancer on October 25, 2006. He was 22 years old.

“Both of Jeff’s parents will be at Songfest,” Kletzli said.

Songfest is the largest philanthropy event of the year for Greeks as a collective unit. Through ticket sales and fundraising, they hope to raise more than $5,000 for NEWBEginnings this year.

“Everyone has worked extremely hard,” Kletzli said.

More than 20 Greek organizations will be participating in tomorrow’s Songfest. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $1.

Contact ROTC and Greek life reporter Ryan Wilkinson at [email protected].