By Adeline Wilson–
U of L’s Greek community has been putting on an annual singing competition long before show choir was popularized by the likes of “Pitch Perfect” and “Glee.” For 79 years, Fryberger Greek Sing has brought out the competitive side in fraternity and sorority life. Students spend weeks preparing for their four minutes of fame on the Louisville Palace stage, competing for money, scholarships and a raiseRED donation in their name.
Each year the costumes and performances at Fryberger get more elaborate. Best costume winners Phi Delta Theta and Chi Omega both donned lions manes, and Phi Kappa Tau and Kappa Delta illuminated the stage with flashlights.
Phi Delta Theta upset reigning champions Sigma Phi Epsilon to take home the gold in the fraternity division. Phi Delt stole the show when they held up a Simba stuffed animal, reenacting the Disney movie’s iconic scene for their Lion King-themed performance.
“We came in saying that we wanted to be number one, we wanted to be the best. We worked together, and we worked hard, and it really paid off,” said junior Phi Delt Nik Knipper.
SigEp placed second for their “Doctor Love” performance, and Alpha Tau Omega placed third for “The Evolution of the Boyband.”
Alpha Omicron Pi squeaked by with a narrow victory over Sigma Kappa. Winning by two-tenths of a percent, AOII’s prison-themed performance utilized handcuffs as an instrument. The women of AOII harmonized in black leather leggings.
“There’s no words, honestly,” said Starr Roberts about her sorority’s victory. “It’s just a great bonding experience for us, and that’s really all that matters. We became a stronger sisterhood.”
Sigma Kappa’s Beatle’s themed performance earned them a second place victory, and Chi Omega’s “Into the Wild” theme placed third overall.
U of L graduate Katie George was the master of ceremonies for Sunday’s event. Even though she is not a member of a Greek organization, the 2015 Miss Kentucky said she studied Greek life for weeks.
George’s only slip-up during the event was referring to the men’s division of Greek life as “frats.” The fraternities seated on the balcony were quick to correct George, yelling “fraternity” from above.
While there were many superlatives awarded on Sunday night, the newest was “People’s Choice,” which used Twitter hashtags to gauge the winner. Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Kappa both won in this category.