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Sing returns for 48th year

Feb. 16, 2001

By ZACK WIMPEE

Reporter

Tonight at 7 marks the first performance of the annual 'All-University Sing' in Waco Hall.

Once again students have spent precious time and energy to put on the performance. Tonight is club night, designated to encourage all of the fraternity and sorority participants to stay and watch the entire show.

Remaining performances include regular shows tomorrow, as well as next Friday and Saturday. Tickets for these shows are sold out, but there are still tickets available for $5 in the Bill Daniel Student Center ticket office for the dress rehearsal on Feb. 22.

'I am really excited to see this year's Sing,' Jimmy Nelson, an Austin freshman, said. 'It is a great Baylor tradition and I was worried I wasn't going to be able to get tickets. It's great that they decided to open up next Thursday's dress rehearsal.'

All four of the weekend shows will be judged, but Friday's score will not count in the final scoring. The top eight acts will go on to perform in Pigskin Revue in fall 2001.

Even though Sing is put on every year, different members of each group take on the responsibility of putting it together.

Kristal Dunham, a Plano junior, took the job for Pi Beta Phi this year.

'You always hear it is such a big job, but you can't understand it fully until you have your feet in it,' Dunham said. 'It's hard to carry a group for six weeks. But once you get on stage I think everyone agrees it's worth it.'

Even though they say it has been hard work, Sing gives a sense of accomplishment to the students.

'It was harder than I expected,' said Steven Tou, a Houston junior and Sigma Chi Sing chairman. 'At times I hated it. But now that we are almost through, I realize how much I enjoyed it. I have even decided to stay for a fifth year to be Sing chair two more times.'

Chad Peterson, the coordinator of special performances, is looking forward to this year's full Sing show.

'Sing was my favorite thing to participate in when I was at Baylor,' Peterson said. 'It is exciting that we have 20 acts this year. No more acts could have been in Sing, even if they wanted to. And one group is returning after a couple of years absence, and that's really good.'

Besides being a former Sing chairman himself, Peterson has also helped with the judging the past couple of years. Peterson started his position with Baylor in August, and he feels he got a warm-up last fall with the Pigskin Revue and is ready for his first Sing.

Because of the long practices every day, some students are glad Sing is coming to a close.

'It will be a relief when it's over because it is hard to balance Sing, school work and a job,' said Adam Bravo, a Houston senior and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. 'Sing is very taxing and can take up a lot, if not all, of your free time.'

Even though those who participate in Sing said that it is a long commitment with a lot of hard work, students continue to participate year after year and usually have fond memories.

'It is one of the things you remember most about your time here,' Bryce Erickson, a Baylor alumnus, said. 'Sing is a time where you hang out with your buddies and give something back to the school. I have very treasured memories from my years doing Sing.'