Signing off from the Coors Events Center – Jimmy Himes and The Campus Press.
The stands are sparse now. What was once a packed stadium is back to a skeletal shell – the Coors Events Center is empty again.
The Miss Greek 2007 pageant raised more than $65,000 for The People’s Clinic through donations and individual contestant sponsorships.
Each sorority raised money for their girl to participate in the event – more money does mean more consideration from the judges. In total the money raised reached in excess of $65,000 for The People’s Clinic.
The evening’s three finalists have been announced.
In third place is Pi Beta Phi’s Danika Brysha.
In second place is Alpha Delta Chi’s Ashley Moore.
And Miss Greek 2007 is Karsten Head from Kappa Alpha Theta.
A decision is about to be made. Miss Greek 2007 is standing on stage right now. It could be any of the nine candidates.
The MC’s are listing the donation marks reached by the girls’ sororities.
Back to the action: the judges have deliberated.
Intermission. Intermission indeed.
The sexy rapping continues with Danika Brysha. Sweet damn she represents. Wearing a Flava Flave-style neck-clock, Brysha flows like a pro. A back-up crew does a little crowd control and ups the intimidation factor already established by a super-gangster Brysha. That was actually pretty good.
Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Jordan Smith just did the most confusing dance. Stay tuned, I’m trying to figure out what just happened.
Ralfie’s on stage. Not the literal animal, mind you, but a costumed man. No word on whether it’s the official uniform or a mere knock-off. I’ll try to get someone on that as soon as possible. He is dancing alongside Karsten Head who has changed the lyrics to Fergie’s “Glamorous” (widely popular tonight) to reflect CU themes. Her Kappa Alpha Theta sisters have clearly been briefed – her tweaked lyrics resonate from the lips of her delegation in the audience.
Alexandra Kruger hits the stage now with a dance. Kruger spent a relatively short time on stage – up next is Boulder native Ariel Mata.
Mata is doing the cheer thing. Dance with shouting.
A music-less dance (due to technical malfunction) sees Mata and a backing dance team off stage.
Tri-Delta Joanna Webb is doing a dead-on Sheri Oteri alongside a male friend. The pair is doing one of the funniest spin-offs of the famous Will Ferrell/Oteri Saturday Night Live skit featuring the embarrassing “Trojan Cheerleaders.”
Kate Lesuer is keeping up with her aforementioned personality quota (the bar is high). Still shining in the literally reflective Goretex-like gold material, Lesuer and a delegation of back-up girls sing off-key to an apparent karaoke-style track. The song is a sultry yet sassy ode to Chi Omega. With a quick scene change, the music blares “She’s a very kinky girl…” and Lesuer bursts into the infamous dance moves from Little Miss Sunshine’s adorable elementary-aged pageant participant, Violet.
Tessie Tracy is taking a ride on the MC train in the footsteps of Krichevsky with a non-memorized (not good) rap – spitting CU’s praises to a beat-boxed undercurrent provided by a friend on stage. In a flash, Tracy is in the air – a pack of girlfriends flank her onstage now, snapping into formation and dancing furiously to a fierce back-beat. Cheers.
Ashley Moore hits the stage with a swing dance. Her male partner is spinning her all over the place. It seems hardly related to school spirit – no telling how the judges will react to that. Seems like a Miss Greek faux-pas to me.
The school spirit competition is underway – the women are presenting skits and talents on stage. Andrea Krichevsky is up first.
Krichevsky is puttin’ the hate down on CSU and Nebraska, the Longhorns and Jayhawks with a way-gangster rap. The Marc Ecko ensemble is making it totally legit for me.
Kate Lesuer from Chi Omega was born in Singapore. I think her personality is a huge advantage tonight – she wore a fake, oversized nose onstage and a homemade faux-fur dress over a reflective gold uni-tard. Her speech was filled with sorority-associated jargon – on purpose. What a comedian.
Tessie Tracy from Alpha Phi totally looks like Fergie – her walking music is “Glamorous.” There is no such thing, my friends, as coincidence.
Each girl has spoken about accountability and integrity as important aspects of sorority life. Those values are certainly coming across as core ideas in the community – a community that has seen a bit of controversy in the last few years.
Alpha Delta Chi’s Ashley Moore is on stage now. Her voice is wavering – probably nerves. Molly Ringwald – I mean Kati Polodna from Alpha Omicron Pi – loves Leonardo DiCaprio.
Andrea Krichevsky from Alpha Chi Omega asks, “What makes a memory?”
Struggling to keep her sash from falling off her shoulders, Krichevsky reads an ode to her sisters recalling memories from experiences as an Alpha Chi Omega sister.
The girls are making short presentations to the crowd – the presentations act as narratives written by the women to summarize who they are and how their life has been impacted by sorority membership.
Kappa Kappa Gamma representative Jordan Smith crosses the stage, citing her allergy to mangos as her interesting fact. Smith says she’s an expert with an epi-pen. Somebody should work that in tonight.
Candidates are making their way across the stage – individually introducing themselves to the crowd. They are giving an interesting fact about themselves and answering a question about CU history posed by the evening’s MC’s. The contestants are Andrea Krichevsky from Alpha Chi Omega, Danika Brysha from Pi Beta Phi, Ashley Moore from Alpha Delta Chi, Jordan Smith from Kappa Kappa Gamma, Karsten Head from Kappa Alpha Theta, Kate Lesuer from Chi Omega, Tessie Tracy from Alpha Phi, Ariel Mata from Gamma Phi Beta, Joanna Webb from Delta Delta Delta, Alexanda Krueger from Delta Gamma and Kati Polodna from Alpha Omicron Pi.
Holy Molly Ringwald! Kati Polodna needs to remake Sixteen Candles like, right now!
Celebrity judge, Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler is apparently stuck in traffic. Big let down.
An audience of probably about 500 community members, dominated by Greek members, fills the entire south side of the arena.
A unison scream erupts in the Center-the contestants have arrived. Nine girls, representing nine sororities, are participating to raise funds for The People’s Clinic, a non-profit health center in Boulder.
The stage is set beneath a sea of brightly dressed, screaming women, peppered by groups of slightly less enthused, suit-and-tied men. It’s April 11, and The Campus Press will live-blog CU’s Miss Greek pageant 2007. The coverage starts right now.