Published: Friday, October 5, 2012
Updated: Friday, October 5, 2012 12:10
Mariah Salazar, a theatre major and member of Alpha Omicron Pi, performs Thursday night at Bear Sync.
Four years after its inception, Bear Sync has become an anticipated Homecoming tradition at UNC. That was again the case Thursday night as spirit points were on the line for members of the university’s clubs and organizations.
The University Center Ballrooms filled with Greek Life teams, residence hall representatives and campus groups, all ready to compete for spirit points.
Each group showed off its school spirit by choreographing a routine to a popular song or medley of songs while lip-syncing.
“Bear Sync is definitely interesting and funny,” said Kelsey Murray, the University Program Council’s traditional events coordinator. “Seeing what the teams do and how they adapt to the UNC Homecoming theme, ‘Passport to UNC,’ is what is most fun about the event.”
Bear Sync has been a popular homecoming event as students often get involved to have fun with their community within their residence halls, sororities, fraternities, clubs and organizations. The songs chosen by the groups include a range of popular to novelty to many Disney songs.
“There were 15 acts,” said Kacie Thomas, UPC’s arts and entertainment coordinator. “They will be judged on creativity, performance, their costume and their use of the Homecoming theme.”
The competition was stiff, with a lot of well-synchronized choreography. Many groups used “California Gurls” by Katy Perry and “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus, but “Gangnam Style” by Psy undoubtedly became the most popular song of the evening.
“I think this event is so awesome, and all of the performances are really creative and hilarious to watch,” said Alexa Labozan, a senior elementary education major. “My favorite was Sigma Kappa and Pi Kappa Phi. I thought they were well put together. They had a great energy and they put excitement back into the audience. I love coming to events like these with friends I haven’t seen in a while.”