Sororities prepare all summer for the recruitment of new girls. Once the recruitment period comes to a close, new members are put straight to work in preparation for Lipsync, a two-night combination of lip-syncing and dancing sponsored by the Panhellenic Council.
In previous years, participating sororities were given a certain letter of the alphabet to base their routine and musical selection on, but this year they were given an entire word.
Preparations for the event start before recruitment is held. Each chapter picks their chairs, or coaches, for Lipsync. Once selected, these women get down to business preparing for the competition.
Lindsey Keller, junior in history, was one of the coaches for Lipsync. She worked with the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
"Our word was 'light,'" Keller said. "Our first idea about the dance and costumes was gold gloves, and besides that, everything just naturally came together."
The process of choosing music, editing songs to fit together perfectly, finding costumes to represent the word and choreographing a memorable routine can be a daunting task. Each sorority is given approximately a month to teach the three to five minute routine to the new pledge class.
"The biggest struggle was teaching girls who had never danced a day in their lives a full routine in just three weeks," Keller said. "Everyone was really cooperative and we had so much fun with it, especially once we knew the dance well, we could put our facials and personal flare on it."
Judges critiqued the costumes, choreography, the use of the given word and the pledges' actual lip-syncing. Unlike normal competitions, the judges didn't sit in the front row, which might or might not motivate participants to be extra enthusiastic and perform to the best of their ability in front of the audience.
Each participant's entire face and body must look the part. Costumes and song choice play a huge role in the selection of the winner of the competition. While the costumes must have a "wow factor" and emphasize the given word, the songs must motivate the participants and audience so they will get involved.
Because each sorority has their own word, the routines and song choice are very different.
"We were all proud of both performances, despite the fact that we did not place in the end," Keller said. "However, we all felt like we did Lipsync to the best of our ability and had an absolute blast while doing it."
The awards were announced at the end of the performances on the second night. Besides the traditional first, second and third awards, two other awards were given for "Crowd Pleaser" and "Best Costume."
This year Zeta Tau Alpha was awarded the "Crowd Pleaser" award.
"I think the girls did absolutely amazing," said Kelsei Longworth, junior in microbiology. "I couldn't be more proud of them, and winning 'crowd pleaser' is such an honor to me. It shows how fun our personalities are.
"The girls are so happy with the award they received and know they are closer, thanks to Lipsync," she added.
Sigma Kappa was awarded "Best Costume." Kappa Delta won first place, Alpha Omicron Pi won second place and Phi Mu won third place.