Students Lip Sync for annual contest

By Jessica Plessner

DeKalb | Phi Rho Eta’s Lip Sync contest, hosted annually during Homecoming, will give organizations a chance to come together to entertain through creativity and expression tonight.

Participating groups practice between four to seven times a week, and performances will range anywhere from skits to lip syncing to strolling and dancing — or all of the above. The performances will be rated by a panel of judges with a cash prize and bragging rights for the winning team.

Phi Rho Eta’s Marlon Haywood took a trip to Eastern Illinois University six years ago and was inspired by the lip sync contest it held, said Jonathan Woods, senior media communication major and second-year president of Phi Rho Eta.

“Marlon Haywood contacted all of Phi Rho Eta’s brother, sister affiliates to come together and put on a powerful performance like the one he saw that day,” Woods said.

More than 10 student organizations have been a part of the contest each year since the event’s inception. Members of the competing organizations said most of the contest is in good fun, but there are always competitive feelings lingering.

Present Perfect Modeling Organization (PPMO) has earned the top two spots for the past three years.

”We have it more than others dynamically and creatively,” said Oba Daniels, senior communications major and member of PPMO, “With practices two to three times a week, PPMO is looking forward to demonstrating their creativity, energy and maybe a little shade.”

The Lip Sync contest will also include performances from new organizations, including Final Warning Dance Team.

“[Final Warning Dance Team] stands out from the other teams because we incorporate multiple dance styles, we have a relentless attitude and dance moves to match our winning spirit,” said Terrance Mitchell, sophomore sociology major and Final Warning Dance Team President. “We are a family.”

Members of the competing organizations said they want to keep what they have in store a surprise, but assured an entertaining show.

“This year I’m excited to see who wins: PPMO or another team,” Woods said.

Doors for Lip Synch open at 7:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at