Organizations compete in annual Step Off

The sisters of Alpha Delta Pi perform their winning nightmare-themed step show on Thursday night in Lovett Auditorium. || Taylor McStoots/The News
The sisters of Alpha Delta Pi perform their winning nightmare-themed step show on Thursday night in Lovett Auditorium. || Taylor McStoots/The News

The sisters of Alpha Delta Pi perform their winning nightmare-themed step show on Thursday night in Lovett Auditorium. || Taylor McStoots/The News

The Zeta Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha named Alpha Delta Pi the winner of their 14th annual Step Off.

Several sororities and fraternities lined up in front of Lovett Auditorium at 1 p.m. yesterday to save seats for their brothers, sisters and friends for the show.

“Waiting on the steps was worth it,” said Samantha Steinman, freshman from Edwardsville, Ill., “It was cool to see the Greeks come together with a competitive but fun attitude.”

On Tuesday, Alpha Phi Alpha hosted a stroll off in Racer Arena. The Stroll Off is a preview for the step off. Alpha Omicron Pi was named the winner that night for their preview. The idea of the Stroll Off is to get people hyped for the main event. The students that participate may or may not have be the ones participating in the Step Off. This option is up to the teams.

The step show had special guests Step Crew, ENT. preform an intermission representing the Crossroads Teen Center. The master of ceremonies of the night was Rick Daniels, the leadership adviser for Greeks at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and also alumna of Alpha Phi Alpha also spoke Wednesday on supporting a diverse campus. Daniels told the audience he’s never seen a show like the one he saw at Murray State’s campus.

“You see our (the stepping community) representation on how we are changing the world,” Daniels said. “Stepping is about using your body as an instrument to communicate. Stepping can better bring a campus together by bringing people together in a common interest.”

There were 10 different shows between sororities, fraternities and independent organizations. All of the groups began rehearsing early this semester and some started late last semester.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia began the fraternity division of the step show with a spinoff the Jabbawockeez called Singona Wockeez.

Following that, Sigma Chi presented their prison themed show.

Sigma Phi Epsilon showed off in their show with black lights and a Blue Man Group theme.

In the independent division, Alpha Kappa Psi matched their theme with “The Wizard of Oz.”

Finishing up the independent category, Sigma Alpha Iota performed a “Phantom of the Opera”-themed show.

The sorority division started with Alpha Gamma Delta and their rebel masquerade theme.

Alpha Delta Pi preformed their nightmare-themed step show in hopes to leave the audience with a sleepless night.

After that came Alpha Sigma Alpha with their freak show themed steps.

Sigma Sigma Sigma brought Egyptians to life with their show. Rounding off the night was Alpha Omicron Pi. Their show captured the essence of life on the streets.

“I’ve never been to the Step Show but think the energy is really exciting,” said Caleb Ellis, junior from Henderson, Ky. “I’ll definitely be back next year.”

To conclude the evening, the Alpha Phi Alpha’s walked onto the stage and presented the audience with their step­­­­ show.

The Zeta Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha uses their annual step show to raise money for their philanthropy, the March of Dimes.

Story by Kelsey Randolph, Staff writer.