The “Fabulous 50’s!” was the theme Homecoming this year here at Eastern New Mexico University. Songfest 2015 started a week-long celebration of homecoming on September 28th.
There were six groups who participated songfest this year, including Chi Omega, Kappa Sigma, Multicultural Affairs, Spanish Club, Safe Ride and Zeta Tau Alpha. All student organizations on campus have the chance to take part in Songfest and showcase their talents and ENMU spirit.
“Songfest is on Monday and it kicks off Homecoming week.” said Reydecel Coss, Campus Life Graduate Assistant, “Songfest sets the mode for the whole week.”
Songfest began at 7 pm on Monday. Around 6:30, there were hundreds of students waiting outside the ball room, eager to get in. At 7:05, the door was opened and students rushed into the ball room. It was hard to find a seat after a few minutes.
All six groups performed well and truly showed their ENMU pride.
Chi Omega was the first one to get on the stage. The girls were wearing green and white skirts and performed a dance with boys. They tore their skirts and began to dance dynamically, and the audience began to cheer.
Kappa Sigma had a group ended with the men tearing their shirts to show Kappa Sigma painted on their bodies. Safe Ride used a story telling style to combine the dances and songs.
“Songfest is a great event and a nice way to begin Homecoming Week and introduce the Homecoming candidates,” said Dr. Jeff Long, Vice President of Student Affairs.
Before the competition, all homecoming candidates for Queen and King were called upon stage for a brief introduction. There were 17 candidates in total running for the crown, ten for queen and 7 for king.
Songfest is always a part of Homecoming and it has become a tradition in Eastern. According to Coss, Songfest is a really competetive competition. Groups compete against each other for trophies, but also for bragging rights.
Coss recalled last time when his group won the trophy, when they put it on the head of the van in homecoming parade.
“I thought all the students did a great job at Songfest.” said Dr. Long.
Dr. Long was also one of the four judges in Songfest 2015, others including Dr. Mary Fanelli Ayala, the dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Robert Graham, Alumni Office coordinator, and Josh Lynn, Head Football Coach.
The judges picked, who were chosen by the Associated Students Activities Board, judged all groups based on their level of spirit, their theme, creativity and crowd involvement.
Kappa Sigma won the first place, while Safe Ride and Chi Omega won the second and third place, respectively.
“The student attendance was awesome and I could tell that the student participants spent a lot of time and energy preparing for their acts,” Dr. Long pointed out, “I think our students like to see each other perform and root for their friends. Although some students will have their favorites because of friendships or membership in an organization, all the students in attendance look forward with anticipation to what each student act will come up with."