One of Indiana State’s most enduring Homecoming traditions is Sycamore Sync, a massive event in which student organizations and residence halls compete in a lip sync and dance competition. While the rivalry is fierce, there is great respect and camaraderie between teams and among teammates. An example of this sportsmanship is seen in the joint team of sorority Chi Omega and fraternity Sigma Chi. Its members worked hard, all while having fun and making friends.
“When we first started practicing, everyone really didn’t know one another, but they’ve gotten more comfortable and have been doing really well,” said Sierra Patrick, a senior communication major.
“Cities” was this year’s Sycamore Sync theme. Teams selected a city and danced to music from artists from those cities.
“We went with Dallas, Texas, because we knew it was a good city and the Dallas Cowboys colors coordinated with ISU’s colors. We knew they had good artists like Beyoncé and Usher that we could use to have more of a pop vibe,” Patrick said.
Patrick along with junior business major Michelle White choreographed the team’s routine.
“Sierra and I both have dance backgrounds so coming up with choreography is something we love and enjoy,” said White.
Sycamore Sync was on Sept. 27, an earlier date this year, which gave the team less time to practice their performance. They made up for this lack of time with lots of hard work.
“Even though we’ve only been practicing for a short time, these practices last at least an hour, if not more, and we practiced as many times a week as our schedules allowed. Our team had all the moves down in a week, and everything has been great,” Patrick said.
The shorter training time might have been a boon for Sigma Chi and Chi Omega.
“Instead of having a performance between four and six minutes, this year it had to be two to four. It was hard to do justice to the songs and give all the performers stage time, but the shortened time helped since Homecoming was earlier this year,” said White.
Before the performance, the team was amped up and ready to go.
“I’m really excited to participate in sync. I used to do this kind of stuff in high school, and am ready to do it again,” said Marissa Clifford, a junior elementary education major.
The team placed fourth, with the joint team of Sigma Kappa and Lambda Chi Alpha taking first. While Chi Omega and Sigma Chi did not win, the cheers after their performance were for a first-place team.
“A lot of our sisters were at the performance so they definitely cheered loud for us,” White said.
The loss does not deter the team from wanting to participate again next year.
“We are very appreciative of our pairing, Sigma Chi, for making our homecoming experience so enjoyable. As always, I look forward to performing at Sync and I can’t wait for Remix spring semester,” White said.