Alpha Tau Omega claims third consecutive Step Sing victory

Alpha Tau Omega Step Sing Captain Brody Atkins performs the fraternity’s routine of Justin Timberlake hits called, “#JTΩ.” The group won first place overall for the third consecutive time at Step Sing.

by News Editor Anna Beahm and Associate News Editor Kaitlyn Davis

Norton Auditorium filled with the songs of eight student organizations as they competed to raise money for charity in the annual Step Sing show Feb. 5.

All proceeds from ticket sales go to United Way of Northwest Alabama, and each year Step Sing raises around $12,000 for them, said Director of Student Engagement Tyler Thompson.

The overall winner of Step Sing 2016 was Alpha Tau Omega with their performance of Justin Timberlake hits, titled “#JTΩ.”

“Step Sing is one of ATΩ’s favorite events, and we are very proud of our brothers efforts each year,” said ATΩ Step Sing Captain Brody Atkins. “United Way is such a great cause. We are honored to come away with a victory in this event, but it’s truly a privilege to work alongside other Registered Student Organizations on campus for this event.”

This is the third consecutive year Alpha Tau Omega won the title. Last year, the group took home the title for their “Mafia Men” routine.

Any RSO can participate, said Director of Student Engagement Tyler Thompson.

However, he said participation in Step Sing is limited to the first 16 organizations that sign up.

The theme of this year’s Step Sing show was, “The Roar Factor.”

Alpha Tau Omega also won first place in the men’s group, followed by Kappa Sigma in second place with their performance of Kanye West hits.

“I think our favorite aspect is getting to perform for everyone and work along side our brothers during the process,” Atkins said. “It’s always great to accomplish something beneficial to others while having fun at the same time.”

First place for the women’s group was Alpha Gamma Delta for their performance of Britney Spears hits, titled “Britney Kitts,” followed by Phi Mu in second place for their performance of Miley Cyrus hits.

“Not only do I get to bond with my sisters of (Alpha Gamma Delta), but we get to realize that, in the grand scheme of things, we are doing something to well represent our organization and to help others in need,” said AΓΔ member and sophomore Sabrina Samano.

The coed winner was the Honors Student Organization with their performance of Taylor Swift hits titled, “Party Like It’s 1989.”

“I mean obviously (Step Sing) is a good place to put your money,” said HSO member and senior Zach Swiatocha. “It’s a good way to be a part of the school community, and it’s fun.”

Raising over $1,019.81 for United Way, Zeta Tau Alpha took the People’s Choice Award with their performance of Michael Jackson hits titled, “King of Pop.”

Students should continue supporting the event because it is more than a show, Atkins said.

“I think it’s incredibly important for students to support our student organizations in Step Sing and Step Show because this event is bigger than any one RSO on the stage,” he said.