As the music arranger for all the acts involved in All-University Sing for 23 years, alumnus Jason Young has put in countless hours into more than 450 acts to ensure that each group has every opportunity to qualify for Pigskin Revue each year.
Behind the production of Pigskin Revue are countless hours of work from organizations across campus in order to bring the tradition back for the 55th year.
“It’s wonderful to see the immense amount of work that the groups as a whole put into the acts,” said Cheryl Mathis, assistant director for campus programs.
Mathis works with Sarah Pullin, graduate apprentice for Student Productions, in overseeing the planning and execution of the show. Pullin is serving as executive producer for Pigskin for the second year.
There’s a trick to making it to Pigskin Revue, and no, it’s not bribing the Sing judges.
When asked about the secret to making Pigskin, Cheryl Mathis, assistant director of Campus Programs, said that there is no one special formula for success.
Many school traditions start freshman year at Baylor, such as Line Camp, Welcome Week, learning the stories of the Immortal Ten and running the Baylor Line with a line jersey and slime cap. Some traditions, however, start long before students even think about applying to college. Some Baylor students are born into Baylor families.
Pigskin, one of Baylor’s most beloved traditions, presented four different opportunities for students and alumni to join in.
The opening act of Pigskin is always one way for crowds to generate excitement for the homecoming festivities ahead, and this year has participants and viewers alike looking forward to a weekend of talented musicians, colorful costumes and sleek choreography.
Thirteen acts were selected for the After Dark performance, set for Sept. 23. About 60 Baylor students auditioned Tuesday and Wednesday in Waco Hall for Baylor University’s After Dark student variety show.
In the fall of 1909, Baylor alumni received a surprising invitation from their alma mater. A postcard signed by three professors asked the graduates to return to campus to “renew former associations and friendships, and catch the Baylor spirit again.” With that postcard, Baylor Homecoming was born.
This may be their first appearance on the stage of All-University Sing, but they hope it won’t be their last. Bridging the gap between Greek organizations on campus, National Pan-Hellenic Council partnered with Baylor Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir for their inaugural Sing performance last weekend.