Greek Sing takes the stage: 24 UK chapters raise money for Make-A-Wish



By Hope Smith

Walking into Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night before Greek Sing, guys in too-short jean shorts and girls in strikingly bright and glittery eye makeup were met with uncomfortable stares, but the view was everyone’s gain.

UK sororities and fraternities from 24 different chapters soon gathered separately onstage to perform four-minute dance routines to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“As a freshman, I was really excited,” Delta Gamma member Jen Deluke said. “I like to see the different ideas people come up with … There were some tough acts.”

The audience appeared too enticed to worry about the upcoming UK basketball game.

Weeks of work went into every routine. Last year, Greek Sing raised $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year’s goal was $115,000. The total amount raised will remain unknown until Wednesday, but Kaelyn Query, Chi Omega co-chair of Greek Sing, said the silent auction and ticket sales should bring them close to their goal.

The FarmHouse Fraternity bared it all in tight bikini tops and wigs for its production of “The Little Mermaid.”

The ladies of Pi Beta Phi showed the audience how to save the day with their own interpretation of classic superheroes, including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Alpha Phi Alpha members imitated suave secret agents in their routine.

Alpha Phi held its own in the sorority’s very first appearance at Greek Sing with their “A Phi’s On Phire” piece.

Delta Delta Delta was determined to be the overall champs with its flashy “Let’s Play a Delta Game” act. Characters from Call of Duty, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Mario all slugged it out onstage to bring home the win.

The smooth secret agents of Alpha Phi Alpha came in first place in the fraternity division, followed by Phi Kappa Tau in second and Sigma Pi in third.

Kappa Delta won first place in the sorority category for its “KD Anatomy” routine. Kappa Alpha Theta took second, and Delta Gamma took third.

For the first time ever, the highest points category tallied a tie. The judges could not decide between Delta Delta Delta and Kappa Delta.

Behind the many hours of practice each group puts into its routine, all of the participants keeps the people they will be helping in mind.

This year, Greek Sing raised money for a 16-year-old Tates Creek resident named Lauren who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Lauren had already organized a fundraiser last fall to raise money and awareness for those battling cancer, and the Greeks at UK are rewarding her hard work and fighting spirit with a trip for her and her family to Hawaii. Her father was happy to say the cancer is now in remission in his thank-you speech after the acts.

“This is just an awesome event because cancer really can touch everyone’s life,” Kappa Alpha Theta freshman Kristen Fries said. “Unfortunately, a lot of people I know are affected by cancer in some way.”