Staying in sync

Headline: Staying in sync

Subhead: Laker Homecoming wraps up with Lip Sync competition

By Austin Phillips

Homecoming is a Laker tradition that allows students to show their Laker pride by competing in teams for the week to complete challenges and gain points. The team with the most points at the end of Homecoming week is the winner but any team can take first at any event. Grand Valley State University ended its Homecoming week with a classic Laker tradition: the LipSync competition. Going perfectly with this year’s theme “Back in Blue: A Laker Legacy,” those watching were taken through multiple generations with each performance. LipSync was held in GVSU’s Fieldhouse Arena on Friday, Oct. 10.

Every year, LipSync is judged based on its creativity, costumes and props, each team’s incorporation of the theme, dance choreography, their lip sync ability and the overall performance of each team. Each team went all out creating choreography that was both captivating and followed the theme well. The first place team for this year’s LipSync, and overall Homecoming, was “decade DominATOrZ,” which included Delta Zeta Sorority and Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

“LipSync as a Homecoming tradition has meaning because all of those late night practices and doing a dance countless times over and over brings people together during weird, awkward and funny moments,” said Shannon Riffel, president of Delta Zeta and a member of “decade DominATOrZ.”

Riffel said LipSync brings people together because it forces individuals who might not normally spend time together to do just that. Add dancing to the mix and, though it sounds like it would be a total recipe for disaster and embarrassment, that’s what makes it fun, she said.

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