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KOT takes 13th win in 'All-University Sing'

March 4, 2003

By Stacy Lambert

Kappa Omega Tau brought home its 13th first-place finish in the 50th 'All-University Sing.' This year also marked its 39th consecutive Pigskin Revue berth.

The act, entitled 'Boone County,' was an account of West Virginia coal miners.

'It's almost unbelievable,' said Josh Black, a Longview junior and KOT's Sing chairman. There was a lot of competition with it being the 50th year, and we are honored to win.'

Kappa Kappa Gamma and Kappa Sigma's 'On the Bayou Belle' took second place, and Phi Kappa Chi's 'Show Me the Way' won third.

'It really felt good to place with how many great acts there were competing,' said Wes Longacre, an Abilene junior and one of Phi Chi's Sing chairmen.

'We really don't focus on winning,' he said.'We really strive to pursue excellence, so placing was an affirmation of that.'

Kappa Kappa Gamma members also felt honored to place second.

'It was really neat to see all the hard work we did over the semester pay off,' said Melanie Walsh, a Dallas junior and one of Kappa's Sing chairwomen.

The top three acts along with Lambda Chi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, Chi Omega and Delta Tau Delta advanced to perform in Pigskin Revue in the fall.

Lambda Chi will make its second appearance in Pigskin in the fall with its act, 'Dawn of a Revolution.'

'We really felt like an underdog, being one of the smallest groups in Sing,' said Ryan Hill, a New Braunfels junior and Lambda Chi Sing chairman. 'To go on to Pigskin feels rewarding after all the hard work.'

With 30-35 participants in the act, Lambda Chi had less than half the number of participants compared to most of the other groups.

This year was Lambda Chi's fourth year to participate in Sing since being re-chartered on campus.

These awards are chosen by the audience.

Best backdrop went to Kappa Delta, best musical selection to Sigma Alpha Epsilon, best costumes to Chi Omega, best choreography to Kappa Kappa Gamma and Kappa Sigma and best theme development went to the winner, Kappa Omega Tau.

While these awards do not determine which group goes on to Pigskin, the awards are special to the organizations because they reflect the audience's views.

'We strive to entertain the audience, so it's special to have the audience reward us with best choreography,' Walsh said.

Those groups chosen to move on will get a break from the stresses of practice but will pick up again with practicing for Pigskin Revue when school starts in August.