Let the madness begin

Chi Omega will host the annual March Madness at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Braden Auditorium in the Bone Student Center.

Every year, this philanthropy event invites both sororities and fraternities to participate in a dance competition to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation. There are 20 groups competing this year for first, second and third prizes. Cash prizes are distributed to the winners to be put towards their philanthropies. All proceeds from the event will go to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“Last year we raised $30,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation and we are hoping to raise more this year,” Meagan Keenan, chairwomen of Chi Omega’s March Madness event, said.

The groups create a choreographed routine around two minutes long that is based on a new theme each year. This year’s theme is Artist Evolution. Competitors were encouraged to choose songs by artists that have made significant progress in their musical careers.

Four judges will critique the fraternities and sororities on their routines based on the theme. Chi Omega will perform first.

While the theme of the event is released, all sororities and fraternities keep their songs and routines as secretive as possible to maintain the suspense.

Alpha Gamma Delta’s Lauren DeRosier is one of four coaches for her group of 78 girls competing this year.  The sorority has been practicing twice a week for two hours to prepare for the event.

“We participate in March Madness every year,” DeRosier said.  “It is such a great tradition for the Greek community and all the money goes to a great cause.”

DeRosier said the girls are never required to participate, but they always have girls willing to participate in the competition.

“I am so unbelievably excited for March Madness this year,” DeRosier said. “It will be my last performance with my Alpha Delta Gamma girls which makes me sad, but I am so proud of all the hard work and dedication they put into our performance.”

Phi Sigma Sigma co-coach Emily Gibbons is also looking forward to the competition. Phi Sigma Sigma has placed several times in the past but Gibbons says she is more focused and excited when the performance turns out well.

“I hope we win but at the end of the day I just want us to do our best,” Gibbons said.

The group of 77 girls is also practicing for two hours twice a week until the performance. Due to the amount of groups competing this year, there was limited space to rent for practicing. The sorority has been practicing in smaller groups but has come together this week to finalize the routine.

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