October 27, 2006

Groups 'yell like hell' to kick off homecoming festivities


By Kasey Hawrysz 


Cheering, screaming and hollering, about 550 students filled Alumni Hall in the Indiana Memorial Union to boost their favorite competitors to school-spirit glory in Thursday's "Yell Like Hell" spirit competition.

After the RedSteppers performed an exhibition dance, 10 student and performance groups vied for victory in the competition, which kicked off homecoming weekend. The winner earned points toward the overall competition for homecoming court, said Phil Blomeke, director of events for the Student Alumni Association.

Acts varied from skits to dancing or singing performances. Most denigrated Michigan State, IU's opponent in Saturday's homecoming game, and celebrated the history of IU sports.

IU Student Foundation earned first prize through a skit depicting famous IU alumni, including Jane Pauley, Trent Green, Mark Spitz, Trista Rehn "the Bachelorette," Jared Fogel "the Subway guy" and Herman B Wells, trying to de----termine the meaning of being a Hoosier. It ended with cheers when two Michigan State fans were inspired to rip off their green "S" shirts and become Hoosiers.

Competitors were judged on adherence to the event's theme, "Glory Days," props and costumes and audience response, said judge Jeremiah Shinn, associate director of student activities.

"We are looking for creativity and the number of ways groups can incorporate the theme 'Glory Days,'" Shinn said.

B97 radio personalities, including Aaron Shane, hosted the event, periodically ridiculing those who either did not realize or did not care that they had won raffle prizes. Raffle tickets were given away at the door, and prizes included gift certificates to various restaurants.

The Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity was the lone representative of the Greek community, which Blomeke attributed to the Greek community's own set of homecoming activities.

Freshman Justin Renfro and several other pledges represented DKE by singing "Indiana, Our Indiana" and performing a stomp dance. Renfro said he and other pledges were encouraged by fraternity members to participate in the event.

"The song was a train wreck," Renfro said. "It was just terrible. But the stomp dance was a huge success."

Other first-time competitors included Sequel Dance, a co-ed hip-hop dance company. Members performed several numbers with pop songs, including Justin Timberlake's "Sexy Back."

"Some of the guys dressed up as nerdy guys from Michigan State and were just doing a real lame dance," group member Ashley Bullington said. "Then we kind of pushed them away and were bringing sexy back."

Sequel Dance will also perform in Friday's parade, Bullington said. She expects the group to continue to perform at "Yell Like Hell" in the future.

"It was great just seeing all the different organizations at IU and what they can bring to the table," she said. "And having them yell like hell for you."

Renfro, on the other hand, was less than certain he'd return next year, though he did not rule out the possibility of future pledges taking part in the event.

"It was a good experience, and I'm glad I did it," Renfro said. "But I'll never do it again."




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