Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian University, 2006 Page: 33
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Josh Castle performs the song "Time After Time" alongside hostesses Ragan Rhodes
and Jenna Lucado.
What began as a shocking end to the 50th Sing Song on Saturday
ended up causing confusion and a full range of emotions for Sigma Theta
Chi and Alpha Kai Omega as students and spectators waited almost
an hour after the official ending of the show for results to be recounted.
In the end, Sigma Theta Chi, Gamma Sigma Phi and the freshman
class were named winners for"The 50th Show," but not before Sing Song
officials re-tallied every score by hand and changed the results for the
Alpha Kai Omega, Gamma Sigma Phi and freshmen were first announced
as overall winners. Although excited about her club's supposed
victory, Alpha Kai director Mandy Nelson, senior youth and family ministry
major from Alvin, admitted the results were unexpected.
After winning the first three judging categories - originality, costumes
and presentation - the initial tally showed Sigma Theta Chi not placing
in vocals, which gave them third place overall.
Kendall Massey, director of Student Productions, said he was surprised
when he saw the results before they were announced, but he
trusted the judging system. When a judge later pulled him aside and
suggested a recount needed to be made, Massey and a handful of show
organizers and administrators recounted all the scores by hand.
"There were only a few changes that had to be made, but they were
major changes," Massey said.
After the recount, Siggies placed first in vocals instead of fourth, a
change drastic enough to push them ahead of Alpha Kai Omega in the
A minor change in the men's voting moved GSP into first for vocals
and Galaxy into second - a change not significant enough to affect the
Siggies and GSP have now won the competition five years in a row.
Alpha Kai and Siggie members alike hugged and cried after Massey
announced the change, and Nelson and Siggie director Kara Wilson, senior
interdisciplinary Spanish and vocational missions major from San
Antonio, talked for several minutes about the night's events. Both also
talked to Massey, and he said he saw club rivalries take a back seat to
cooperation and good will between the clubs.
Not all Massey heard and saw was positive, however.
"I had a lot of people say ugly things to me," Massey said. "'hat's all
right. I just don't want my students to be hurt."
Although the controversy was all most people could talk about after
the show, Massey said he hopes it is not all that people remembered.
"I hope that people won't remember [the show] for this," Massey said.
"I hope they remember the hard work the students put into it."
By: Jonathan Smith, adapted from the Optimist
Photo by Irnan Scnmeut
Crystal Hughes, Shannon Bailey and Will Smyth perform the song "We Live".
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