Greek groups compete for audience votes at annual fall frolics fundraiser


With an energetic performance to a mix of Rihanna and Smash Mouth songs, the women of the Alpha Chi Lambda sorority took first place at the annual Fall Frolics dance contest and fundraiser.

Fall Frolics was held on Thursday night in Laurie Auditorium and was hosted by the Bengal Lancers fraternity and Spurs sorority. The dance contest is held every year and serves as part of the two groups’ philanthropy projects.

Sophomore Kelly Burke is a member of the Spurs sorority and participated in a dance routine to a mix of 90’s pop songs. One of the most iconic parts of the dance was when they dressed in the classic Britney Spears school uniforms. Another group of Spurs dressed as the Spice Girls for part of the dance.

“It was so much fun,” Burke said. “I had fun bonding with my sisters and helping out a good cause.”

The Spurs’ will be donating their portion of the funds raised to the Silver and Black Gives Back charity, which supports youth sports and education organizations to enrich the community.

The Bengal Lancers, who co-hosted the event, will be putting their funds toward the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that makes a difference in the lives of injured soldiers.

“Wounded Warriors is a great cause,” said senior Caleb Green. “We hosted a concert with them last spring and have been building that relationship up. This is a great way to give back to them.”

The Lancers performed a suave and shirtless dance routine, complete with sunglasses and smooth dance moves.  

Not only did the two organizations that hosted Fall Frolics perform entertaining dance routines, but other Greek organizations joined in the fun and competed with crowd-pleasing routines.

“I think it’s important to support each other. It’s also for their [Lancers and Spurs] charities, so regardless of who you are it’s important to support each other’s charities,” said sophomore Marie Lutz.

Lutz is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau sorority, who did a routine to a mashup that began with the Hannah Montana classic “Hoedown Throwdown,” and included other throwback songs like “Crank That,” by Soulja Boy and “We’re All in This Together,” from High School Musical. The group dressed in bright neon outfits.

“It’s fun to see how the community comes to support each other and even all the people who aren’t in Greek life came to support,” said junior Alyssa Tayrien, who  was also in the Sigma’s dance.

At the end of the night, members of the audience used the tickets they received when they paid their admission to cast their votes for the winner.

Although junior Anne Ferguson said she was nervous about dancing in front of an audience, her sorority,  Alpha Chi Lambda, ended up getting the most votes.

“Fall Frolics is a fun way for people like me who have an extreme fear of dancing in front of large groups of people perform immersion therapy on themselves,” Ferguson jokingly said. “I love supporting other clubs and that is a huge part of being a part of the Greek community at Trinity.”

In addition to the group performance, one soloist, senior Evan Merriwether, performed a solo song and dance. After his performance the emcees asked him how he thought he did.

“I think I’m better when I’m alone in my room and no one is watching,” Merriwethr said. However, based on their applause after his performance, it is safe to say the audience would beg to differ.