By Molly Atchison | Print Managing Editor
Baylor’s 2018 All-University Sing season came to a close this Saturday in Waco Hall with its final round of performances and the announcement of Sing results. The competition featured 17 individual acts, each of which were in the running for several “people’s choice awards,” as well as the opportunity to be one of eight acts to perform again in the fall for Baylor’s homecoming event, Pigskin. However, only three acts can claim bragging rights of being in the top three: Delta Delta Delta sorority took home third, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority placed second and Pi Beta Phi sorority and Phi Kappa Chi fraternity had the official first place act, and received the coveted Sing trophy.
At the beginning of the night, each of the Sing chairs — who plan, design and choreograph their acts — were presented to the audience and recognized for their accomplishments on stage. Kappa Alpha Theta sorority’s Sing chairs were specifically honored for their hard work and cooperation by receiving the “Sing Chair of the Year” award. For the first time this year, this award was presented to a group of Sing chairs as opposed to a single Sing chair.
After Sing chairs were introduced to the audience, they were sent to the wings to await the rest of the award announcements. The list of people’s choice awards, which the audience voted on during the course of two weeks of Sing performances, went as follows: Best Backdrop was given to Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Best Choreography to Delta Delta Delta sorority, Best Theme Development to Pi Beta Phi sorority and Phi Kappa Chi fraternity, Best Song Selection to Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Best Costumes to Delta Delta Delta sorority and Best Vocals to Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
As soon as each of the people’s choice awards trophies were handed out, the ceremony transitioned to the 2018 Pigskin nominees. The eight acts invited to perform at Pigskin this year were Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity, Chi Omega sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Kappa Omega Tau fraternity, Delta Delta Delta sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the paired act featuring Pi Beta Phi sorority and Phi Kappa Chi fraternity.
The Sing chairs for the eight acts chosen to advance to Pigskin patiently awaited the placement results for first, second and third places. Before this was revealed, the announcer shared with the audience a new landmark in Sing history — the creation of a new Sing trophy. The trophy, which weighs about 50 pounds, was created by Waco company Stanton Studios and is composed of glass, wood, gold leaf accenting and part of Waco Hall’s original stage at the base. All 66 former Sing winners’ names are inscribed on the base, as well as the 2018 winner.
Delta Delta Delta sorority won third place with their act “Back to Our Roots”, which was recognized for its sharp choreography and adorable costumes. Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority’s “Workin’ at the Carwash” won second, and dazzled audiences with shiny costumes and flashy vocals. Finally, Pi Beta Phi sorority and Phi Kappa Chi fraternity were presented with the first place trophy for their group act “The Tortoise and the Hare.” This act, with their over-the-top choreography and booming vocals, will be closing out the 2018 Pigskin show, and will forever be branded on the new trophy.
Sing is finally over; the performers can rest easy knowing they performed two weekends’ worth of sold-out shows, and that months of hard work have finally paid off.