Clash of the Titans stomps Russell
Multicultural fraternities compete in a dance-off, hoping to continue the tradition next year
Russell Auditorium buzzed with energy on April 14 as stepping and strolling teams stormed the stage with force.
“It’s like a piece of Jell-O that coagulates together and that moves and shakes,” said Carlos Herrera, associate professor of museum studies.
Lambda Sigma Upsilon’s second annual Clash of the Titans dance competition brought chapters of various multicultural Greek organizations from all around the country. Junior economics and modern languages double major and president of LSU Antonio Barajas said that only three teams competed at COTT last year. This year, 13 teams came to Georgia College to showcase their skills. Although this second show was much larger, LSU still wants the shows to grow.
“I want this to be bigger. I also want to have similar shows for fall semester,” said Edwin Mendoza, senior management information systems major.
Many GC multicultural Greek organizations participated in the competition. Alpha Phi Alpha, Mu Sigma Upsilon, Kappa Alpha Psi, Delta Theta Sigma and Phi Mu Alpha all competed. Other organizations from around the state that joined in included Delta Phi Lambda from Georgia Tech and Lambda Theta Alpha from the University of Georgia. One of LSU’s national dance teams, the Nuo Step Team, closed the show with a high-energy routine.
“My favorite part was seeing all the different competitors strolling and seeing what they brought to the table,” said Javier Becerra, senior biology major and public relations chair of LSU. The GC chapter of LSU does not compete because it hosts the event.
Two non-Greek organizations also competed in COTT. The Sassy Cats brought a combination of stepping and gymnastics to the stage. Little Feet, a volunteer program through The GIVE Center, is a children’s dance group in Milledgeville.
“Little Feet was good,” said Javier Francisco, associate director of management enrollment. “I think it was really cool to see that energy and effort that they put into that group.” Francisco is also the coordinator of recruitment and retention of Latino students.
Herrera thinks that COTT helps promote diversity and plans to attend future shows.
“It’s a connection — a link — to past, to present and possibly the future,” Herrera said.
Francisco also expressed his joy about the success of the evening.
“I think that it was exciting that we were able to bring these students to our campus and to have a very kind of high-energy event,” Francisco said.
Although the evening was a great success for LSU and its brothers, attendance left much to be desired. The audience mainly consisted of other chapters of LSU, Mu Sigma Upsilon and the performing organizations.
“I was expecting a lot more mainstream fraternities and sororities to come out and support us,” Becerra said. He would also like more diversity in the crowd for future shows.
Tickets were $5 in advance and $7 at the door (maybe this should be at the beginning, since the event is over?).
“A lot of this money goes to HIV/AIDS awareness,” Becerra said.
First, second and third place were all awarded to GC chapters of Mu Sigma Upsilon, Phi Mu Alpha and Alpha Phi Alpha, respectively.