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REVIEW: Phi Tau stands out at record-breaking Greek Sing

Once again, Greek Sing blew expectations through the roof with the performances and fundraising.

This year, the ticket sales from Greek Sing 2017 alone raised more than $23,000 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This is $6,000 more than they raised from an entire Greekend and Greek Sing event in 2016, which had been the most the Greeks had ever raised for St. Jude in one weekend.

Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Mu Theta and Kappa Alpha Theta competed for the annual Greek Sing trophy by performing a 15-minute set with a variety of themes or — in Phi Tau’s case — no theme at all.

In fact, the fraternity’s confidence to enter the competition without a theme is what may have won the crowd over, according to Drew Kovacs, Phi Tau chairman.

“We’ll be ourselves and hopefully they enjoy whatever energy we’re putting off and they kind of feed off of that,” he said.

Part of being themselves included not being able to pick a theme.

“Basically we sat down at a table in the Beaman, just like we did in the movie, and we spat back and forth, like, ‘what are we going to do? what’s our theme going to be?’ and eventually we just decided we don’t know what to do, so we’ll do nothing,” Kovacs said.

The performance began with a video of the two chairmen of Phi Tau debating which theme to choose for the performance.

The first idea was a Bruno Mars showcase, which then turned into Belmont-related themes such as the caf, FitRec, Campus Security, Towering Traditions, Bruin recruitment and then, later,  a spotlight performance of the iconic ‘running man.”

Kovacs choreographed five of the nine songs featured in Phi Tau’s performance and says he and his chapter knew their competition.

“We know we’re never going to beat any of the sororities in terms of actual dancing. They’re phenomenal — these girls are ballerinas, they’ve been doing theater for years, all of these groups are so good. So I always tell to ‘win over the crowd,” he said.

Another exceptional chapter recognized last night was Kappa Alpha Theta.

On top of performing an intricate and high-energy evolution of Beyonce, the chapter received the Chapter of Excellence Award.

“When we were backstage, I just kept hearing so many girls talk about how much fun they were having, and that’s all that mattered to us. It was amazing,” said Cece Dawson, one of two choreographers for the Kappa Alpha Theta performance.

This article was written by Mia Gutierrez. Photo by Chandler Bado.

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