Heartfelt lip syncers

Ryan Wilkinson

Delta Upsilon fraternity members sing “I Would Do Anything For Love” to the Delta Zetas. One category for judging was incorporating Delta Zeta into the routine. KATIE ROUPE | DAILY KENT STATER

Credit: John Proppe

It doesn’t take much.

“Winning Lip Sync just takes a few pairs of pink tights, two bottles of baby oil and a whole lot of heart,” said Shane Clarke, Sigma Nu member.

More than 1,300 people, most from 17 fraternities and sororities, filled a line that wrapped around the second floor of the Student Center for Saturday’s 2007 Delta Zeta Lip Sync philanthropy event. They came together not only to compete in lip syncing and dancing, but also to raise money for the Delta Zeta Foundation, which provides assistance and grants to speech and hearing facilities across the nation.

Participating fraternities and sororities competed with three to five minute performances judged on creativity, choreography, Delta Zeta incorporation, lip syncing abilities and overall entertainment.

“Everyone did really well,” said Nick Straiter, Delta Tau Delta philanthropy chair. “You could tell most people really prepared.”

It was that preparation that made the difference.

First-place winners Sigma Nu took to the stage with a spoof of The Blue Man Group, but only after a short video played showing their members, dressed in 80’s workout gear, attempting to find each other to make it to Lip Sync on time. Their routine culminated with an original performance of “Cleveland Rocks,” dubbed to become “DZ rocks.”

“Everyone practiced all week long,” said Ray Campbell, Sigma Nu social chair. “It was really a team effort.”

Chi Omega, the first place winner for sororities, spent even more time preparing their performance.

With almost 30 girls on stage, Chi Omega did a Latin-inspired choreographed dance routine to songs by Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Lou Bega.

“We started practicing as soon as the semester started,” said Amy Kahn, Chi Omega campus activities chair. “We practiced Monday through Thursdays, then we had Friday off.”

This was the second consecutive year Chi Omega won first place.

Paula Hohman, Delta Zeta philanthropy internal chair and event organizer, said the event raised $2,549 to be donated to the Delta Zeta Foundation, doubling last year’s amount.

“All of the chapters worked so hard,” Hohman said. “It was a huge success.”

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