ATO lunatics, United Way win at Step Sing

Two Alpha Gamma Deltas pose during a routine. The sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta won first place in the women’s division in 2011.

Josh Skaggs Staff Writer

The brothers of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity took home the Step Sing trophy for the second year in a row. The lunatics from “Norton Asylum” took over the stage with their versions of “Yesterday” and “Up in Here” to become the overall winners of Step Sing.

Among the other awards given out, Alpha Gamma Delta took home the first place trophy and Zeta Tau Alpha took home the second place trophy in the women’s division. In the men’s division, Alpha Tau Omega took home first place and Kappa Sigma took home second place. The Romans, a non-Greek group, took home the award for the coed division.

ATO Step Sing Chair Drew Mills said that everyone was really nervous prior to taking the stage. “We knew we had a good show, and we just had fun with it,” Mills said. “It is a neat feeling, especially because guys normally don’t do things like this. It shows that we have some really good, diverse guys in our group that are willing to do something for a good cause.”

Mills said that the competitive spirit is great, especially since the whole purpose of the show is to raise money for a great cause.

Lindley Bassham, University Program Council Service Chair, was very pleased with the event.

“Both nights went really well,” Bassham said. “The weather did not hinder anyone from coming out to the show.” Bassham said she keeps hearing from everyone that attended that the show was great.

UPC wanted to make the show more about the cause after Step Show last semester, according to Bassham. She said that the goal of the show is to earn money for United Way.

Bassham defended the events and the allegations from last semester’s Step Show controversy. “We wanted to incorporate United Way more into the show this year, because that is what the show is all about,” Bassham said. She said that this year the groups performing were expected to incorporate United Way into two of their songs.

Whitney Nichols a sister of Phi Mu, a sorority that participated in the event, was very proud of all the hard work the other participating organizations put in. “I feel Step Sing is a creative way to raise money for a positive cause, and the attention it generates is great for the local community,” Nichols said.

Nichols feels that Step Sing is a great way for organizations at UNA to help others in need. “I have learned from my experience this year that Step Sing takes dedication and, most importantly, is a great way to raise money for those less fortunate in our community,” Nichols said.

“I enjoyed the show. You can tell that they put a lot of effort into it,” UNA junior Kristen Robertson said. “The costumes, dance moves and the singing were well put together this year.

“It’s a good cause that they are performing for,” Robertson said. She said it was evident that the show was all about United Way. Robertson also enjoyed the speaker who informed everyone about United Way’s theme, “Live United.”

Although the final dollar amount raised has not been totally tabulated, Bassham could confirm that the People’s Choice Award Winner, Alpha Gamma Delta raised $972 for the cause.

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