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April 5, 2007

Greeks Make Music

Collegian Staff Writer


Musical groups played tunes ranging from Blink-182 to the Beatles last night at Delta Kappa Epsilon (DEKE) fraternity's Delta Sing philanthropy.


Even though creating a unique concert wasn't the event's main goal, "it was a neat show," DEKE President Stacy Lambe said. "We got a lot of good performers this year."


Along with DEKE, 500 W. Beacher Ave., Delta Delta Delta sorority co-sponsored the event in the HUB Auditorium. The Greek groups worked together to raise money for the SAM Spady Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to educate parents and students about the dangers of high-risk alcohol consumption and the symptoms of alcohol poisoning, according to its Web site.


The audience of about 30 people was not what musicians Jason Olcese, Class of 2006, and Nodd Morris (freshman-business) are used to. "We've been playing bar shows lately, so this is a nice atmosphere change," Olcese, also known as Jason O., said.


The duo has been playing together off-and-on for about three years. By this point, the two are able to switch instruments between songs, Olcese trading his drum for Morris' guitar and vice versa.


Shifting from Olcese's adult contemporary pop and Nodd's indie-acoustic pop rock combination, None of the Above (NOTA), an a capella group brought a change to the stage.


NOTA's music director Alexandra Porter said the group tries to perform at one or two charity performances each semester. "We sang at Thon, so I thought that was a good thing -- people would relate us to that," NOTA's business manager Michael Beck (junior-finance, French, and international studies) said.


Greeks and musicians alike were pleased with the show. "[The audience was] very receptive," Porter said.


The bands Swar, The Vintage and Winning Streak also performed.


Olesce had to leave before the end of the show. "I wish I could stay ... I'm actually on the clock right now at Wing Zone," he said with a laugh.


This is DEKE's second philanthropy concert and plans to host another in the fall.


The total amount of money raised was not available by press time.





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