Feelin’ the MUSIC

Sigma Alpha Iota hosted the 57th annual All Campus Sing Wednesday

IMG_3850_EDITUmbrellas, tarps and an estimated 1,000 spectators covered the Quad Wednesday to open the 57th annual All Campus Sing.

The event began with an introduction to the judges and a featured guest, Judy Hill, member of Sigma Alpha Iota, who participated in the first All Campus Sing.

Guests honored the flag when the Racer Men’s Choir sang the National Anthem and supported Murray State with the singing of the fight song led by the Murray State Football team.

Independent groups began the competition portion of the show with the Euclidean Math Club “bringing nerdy back.” The National Panhellenic Council performed songs in a performance titled, “Soul Train.”

Other performances included the International Student Organization who incorporated various flags from around the world as well as Sigma Alpha performing a “Sisters before Misters” act.

Residential colleges rocked the stage with a variety of acts ranging from romance in a Romeo and Juliet performance by White & Elizabeth Residential Colleges to a Clue mystery performed by Springer-Franklin College. Hester College entertained the crowd with a “Space Jam” tribute. Members danced in uniforms and sweatbands and sang around a large scoreboard and basketball goal.

To suit the occasion, Regents College performed an a Capella performance mimicking the movie, Pitch Perfect.

The sun began to shine as sororities took the stage. This year’s sorority division had a variety of themes including love, money and secrets.

Alpha Delta Pi performed a Mary Poppins themed act complete with chimney sweeps, umbrellas and Mary Poppins herself. Alpha Omicron Pi threw punches and highlighted fight songs including, “Eye of the Tiger” and “Hit Me With your Best Shot.”

Ellen Goff, sophomore from Leitchfield, Ky., has performed twice with AOPi during her time at Murray State.

“At first, you’re really nervous,” Goff said. “But once you get up there, all your nervousness goes away.”

Four fraternities closed out the competition this year. Alpha Sigma Phi flashed back to previous decades and Alpha Gamma Rho made dreams come true with their Disney songs and castle backdrop. Pi Kappa Alpha, dressed in bow ties and suspenders, sang classics from the Motown era and Sigma Pi took the audience an adventure exploring the world.

Some performers were members of multiple groups who performed. Apoorva Vashisht, sophomore from New Delhi, India, performed in two groups, the International Student Organization and Springer/Franklin College.

“We were afraid that the rain would be a buzzkill,” Vashisht said. “But it turned out pretty good and everyone was in the spirit despite the weather.”

With the sun shining on the steps of Lovett, the exhibition excitement began with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia performing songs from The Lion King. In their opening song, “The Circle of Life,” a member lifted a cat into the air to imitate Rafiki lifting Simba.

The crowd roared with excitement as “Hakuna Matata” was performed and the cheers continued as SAI performed “All That Jazz” with brass instruments and solos from members wowed the crowd.

Three guests were pied in the face by students picked from the crowd. John Fannin, director of Racer Band,  Don Robertson, vice president of Student Affairs and President Bob Davies were all pied in the face as a result of a philanthropy event to raise money for Sigma Alpha Iota’s philanthropy, The People-to-People Project. The group raised more than $2,000 from Change Wars.

As an added bonus for the guests using social media, two Geofilters with an All Campus Sing 2015 decoration surrounded selfies, videos and group performance photos on SnapChat. 

Guests were encouraged to use the appropriate hashtag to vote for their favorite performance of the afternoon for a Spectator’s Choice award. The group with the most votes tallied was Kappa Delta.

Awards began as the sky began to gray with the first place Independent organization award given to the Euclidean Math Club. The Residential College first place trophy was received by Springer-Franklin Residential College.

Regents Residential College took second place honors. Sorority division honors were taken by ASA.

ADPi followed in second place and AOPi took third. Alpha Sigma Phi took first place in the fraternity division followed by AGR, in second place.

ASA was named grand champion.

“I performed in two groups. The first one, International Student Organization, won 2nd place for independent,” Vashisht said. “My second group, Springer-Franklin won 1st place for residential college so I’m pretty pumped.”

Miscellaneous awards were given to groups for outstanding performances.

The Honor’s Program was given the Director’s Choice award, while the Best Costume award was given to Alpha Gamma Delta. AOPi won the Best Choreography Award.

The best soloist award went to a trio from ASA who rounded their trophy case with the Spirit Award.

Despite the cloudy conditions, guests and students were still in awe of the performances and most students tended to have smile on their faces.

Tansia Mehrin, a senior from Belize, enjoyed the performances.

“It’s just my second time watching but I had so much fun even though it was raining,” Mehrin said. “It was fun watching my friends dancing.”

Story by Tiffany WhitfillStaff writer, and Gisselle HernandezContributing writer