The Hulman Center was reverberating with cheers as two young men from Burford Hall took the stage. One was wearing a skintight superhero suit while the other was wearing a long, blonde wig. After a cute skit, more Burford residents stormed the stage accompanied by the hit song “Let’s Get It Started” by the Black Eyed Peas. The dance routine that followed was just one of many performances showcased during Indiana State’s beloved Homecoming event Sycamore Sync.
“Sycamore Sync has been held for several years. … It has been moved from Spring Week to Homecoming Week because it was so popular,” said Freda Luers, director of campus life.
One of ISU’s most energetic Homecoming traditions, Sycamore Sync is a massive dance-off in which the ISU residence halls and Greek organizations compete. This year’s Sycamore Sync took place on Oct. 7 and attracted nearly 2,400 spectators. In keeping with this year’s homecoming superhero theme, the performers were required to dance to songs from superhero TV shows and movies. The contestants used their talent to create performances that were almost as fun to listen to as they were to watch.
“Before I went on stage, I was fairly nervous as to what would happen, but after we performed I felt amazing,” said Abby Dorey, a sophomore graphic design major dancing for the Chi Omega sorority. Dorey and the other performers for Sycamore Sync trained intensely for their respective routines. “Rehearsals were actually a ton of fun because of the energetic vibes of our dance and the wonderful people that were involved.”
When showtime came, the performers were more than ready to display their talents to the audience.
“After all of my hard work in perfecting the dance routine, I was very pleased to hear the audience cheering our group on while we performed,” said Kristina Nunez, a sophomore psychology major who danced for Chi Omega.
The joint group of Phi Delta Theta and Phi Kappa Psi took first place this year, with Burford Hall snagging second. Although not every group could take home first place, the participants were just happy to have the chance to dance, laugh and sing with their friends.
“We all worked so hard and pulled off a great dance, and I could not have been more proud of everyone involved,” Dorey said.