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April 19, 2007


Students crowned 

as Greek royalty in annual pageant



"We're gonna party like it's Greek Week!" Heather Flanner, a Delta Gamma sorority member, rapped last night in HUB Heritage Hall.


Showcasing her talent, Flanner summed up the sentiments of participants and attendees of the second annual Greek Week Pageant.


"We wanted to show the entire Penn State community what being greek is about," Overall Programming Chairwoman Lauren Giovannitti said.


Anthony Estes, representing Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, and Amina Gilyard, from Zeta Phi Beta sorority, were crowned the winners.


"I feel excited. So excited," Estes said. "I'm looking forward to using this title in a positive way."

Ten students from all four greek councils -- Interfraternity (IFC), Panhellenic (PHC), Multicultural and National Panhellenic -- were nominated by their sisters or brothers and competed in the pageant.


"I think it's great to recognize what it is to be here in the sense that these are great people, they're a lot of fun, they have a lot of charisma and they enjoy being a part of the community," Delta Kappa Epsilon President Stacy Lambe said.


Laura McNally, representing Delta Zeta sorority, said she was "embarrassed" at first when her sorority sisters nominated her. But eventually, she said that she became really excited for the competition.


"At first it was embarrassing, but it's kinda cool now," she said. "It was fun. It was a funny experience."


The pageant consisted of a toga contest, a talent competition and a question-and-answer portion, during which the final six contestants were judged on their evening wear.


"The pageant is basically to show the four councils' greek pride that they use everyday," Giovannitti said.


Performances during the talent portion included belly dancing, stepping and, clad in a red suit complete with a single white glove, a dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" by second runner-up Anthony Bagnuola of Delta Chi fraternity.


The judges included football player Kevin Kelly, women's basketball player Charity Renfro, PHC Executive Vice President Katie Hatfield and IFC coordinator Rob Kameen.


In a twist of events in the middle of the competition, the Nittany Lion sat down to judge the evening wear and question-and-answer portions of the competition after a surprise performance.


Renfro said she enjoyed being a judge, especially because "athletics and greek life are two different worlds."


She said it was nice to combine them by being a part of the event.


"I feel excited. So excited," Estes said. "I'm looking forward to using this title in a positive way."




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