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Greeks battle for power in the annual step show

Sounds of stomping Greeks will be heard Saturday as they “Battle for Mt. Olympus” in the P.E. Complex during the 22nd Annual Homecoming Step Show.

Doors open at 6 p.m., but the show will not begin until 7:06 p.m.

The first place sorority and fraternity organization will receive a grand prize of $1, 500.

The Mu Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will sponsor, as well as perform at the event. Other participants include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Valdosta State will not be the only University that will have organizations performing. Teams are coming from University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology and Fort Valley University.

This year, the host will be comedian Steve Brown.

If students haven’t bought their tickets yet, they can do so at the door for $15 general admission. All Greek organizations pay $10, while the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. pay $5. Children under the age of 12 get in free.

To receive a free ticket, students are encouraged to attend Alpha Phi Alpha’s Annual Homecoming Blood Drive, which will be at Valdosta Donor Center at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Only the first 50 students who show up and make a blood donation will receive the free ticket.

After the free tickets have been handed out, 10 extra tickets will be raffled at the blood drive.

Nine alumni individuals that represent each fraternity or sorority in the National Pan-Hellenic Council are set to judge the event—all with stepping expertise.

Judging will be based on crowd participation, synchronization, creativity, style, complexity, transitions, enthusiasm and vocal clarity theme.

The “Battle of Mt. Olympus” theme is based off of Greek mythology and hints at 2012 being an Olympic year.

The Mu Omicron Chapter began sponsoring the step show in fall 1990.

According to Storm Richardson, event coordinator the Homecoming Step Show is the biggest step show in South Georgia and North Florida area with approximately over 4, 000 in attendance and different step teams who showcase their creativity and showmanship each year.

Over time, proceeds have added to philanthropic donations within the community, including the Boys and Girls Club of America.

For further information, students can contact Will Jimerson at wcjimerson@valdosta.edu or Storm Richardson at srichardson@valdosta.edu. They can also contact the Mu Omicron Chapter on Twitter @MuOmicron1906.

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