By: TAYLOR WEITER
progress@eku.edu

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Ginuwine, Britney Spears and Lil Bow Wow blared throughout the Coates Building as Eastern’s Alpha Omicron Pi (AOPi) hosted it’s Lip Sync Competition to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation on Friday, Nov. 20.

While students and parents filed in and put money into their favorite sorority or fraternity’s change jar, participants waited their turn to perform on the second floor. Some girls quickly ran to the bathroom to make sure their lion makeup had not smeared. Boys ran over the difficult parts of their routine. Everyone waited nervously, praying they wouldn’t fall flat on their faces.

Then it was time, the lights dimmed, the event coordinators welcomed everyone and the emcee called out for the first chapter. Go time.

Each chapter performed a different dance routine to a theme they had selected alongside their AOPi coaches. For some, like Alpha Delta Pi’s “Proud to be an American,” the theme was evident. Girls dressed as Lady Liberty and Rosie the Riveter, danced to songs that spoke about American history such as Kendrick Lamar’s Backseat Freestyle, which professed “Martin had a dream.”

Chi Omega and Delta Zeta also stayed true to its themes, Rags to Riches and Fight Night, respectively. Girls from Chi Omega dressed as waitresses while lip syncing to Gwen Stefani’s hit If I Were a Rich Girl, while Delta Zeta had everyone laughing as their chapter’s sweethearts pretended to wrestle during the performance.

Beyond costumes and props, the level of dancing, especially from various fraternities, shocked most audience members. Tau Kappa Epsilon new member Greg Schrack twerked like Nicki Minaj during their #Hashtag-themed performance, while Matthew Poyle and the rest of Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) showed off their creativity—and synchronized jumping push-ups.

National Pan Hellenic fraternity Alpha Kappa Alpha got in on the fun during intermission, walking in to the Migos song Handsome and Wealthywhile entertaining the audience with its fraternity’s steps and chants.

In the end, there could only be two winners: one fraternity and one sorority.

ATO won the hearts of nearly every girl in the audience, young and old, with their doctor-inspired routine, earning itself first place among fraternities.

Only days after Veteran’s Day, ADPi’s “Proud to be an American” performance undoubtedly charmed the audience and judges, winning both first place among sororities and AOPi Favorite.

No one fell off the stage. No one’s music abruptly stopped playing. The night was a success for everyone: participants, spectators and AOPi, especially, who raised more than $11,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.