Weeks of preparation and practice finally culminated Tuesday night as CSU sorority and fraternity members danced routines in one of Greek Weekâ€™s biggest competitions: Lip Sync.
Almost 800 students and members of greek life gathered at the sold-out University Center for the Arts to watch as performers danced to mash-ups of Lady Gaga, the Pussy Cat Dolls and The Bangles at the annual event.
Proceeds from the $3 ticket sales went toward the Crossroads Safe House, a Larimer County program that offers free advocacy, legal assistance, transitional housing and education to its more than 300 residents.
â€œItâ€™s the biggest event (of Greek Week) because it requires a lot of work and a lot of time to get everyone together to practice,â€ said Jenny Quist, director of Greek Week and homecoming for the Panhellenic Council. â€œItâ€™s also entertaining to see the fraternity members strut their stuff on stage.â€
Sororities and fraternities from across campus were put into different Las Vegas hotel-themed teams and performed their routines before a panel of judges who rated the performances on a point basis.
The team who earns the most points over the course of the week becomes the yearâ€™s Greek Week champions â€” an honor that will be announced at Sunday nightâ€™s Greek Night Out Awards.
â€œI came to support our team,â€ said Phi Delta Theta fraternity pledge Ryan Conway while waiting for the performances to begin. â€œItâ€™s nice watching all of our hard work pay off.â€
Each team choreographed dances to songs related to their assigned hotel, which included New York-New York, the Venetian, Bellagio, Paris, Luxor, Treasure Island and Caesarâ€™s Palace.
â€œIt was a fantastic way to show healthy greek competition,â€ said Brian Roling, vice president of events coordination in the Intra-Fraternity Council. â€œIt brings everybody out, and they all have such a blast.â€
The competition, which started over ten years ago, is a Greek Week favorite, bringing in more attendance than other events, like the all-greek barbeque, Red Bull Chariot Race and Greek Olympics competition.
â€œItâ€™s the thing that everyone always looks forward to during Greek Week,â€ Roling said.
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