Campus News Blog: Sing Song Lacks Diversity

April 18, 2010  

Posted By Kathryn Sharkey

One of the main events in the spring at Southern Methodist University is Sing Song, a concert that organizations throughout campus put together and perform musical numbers in.

One thing I’ve noticed about Sing Song- the lack of campus diversity in which organizations are involved.

It’s gotten better in recent years, though. Besides the usual array of fraternities and sororities, the Christian fraternity BYX has joined the cast. In the past the men’s swim team even teamed up with a sorority (Delta Gamma) for a performance.

However, there is still no inclusion of the multicultural sororities and fraternities or any other organizations on campus.

This could be because those groups simply aren’t interested in participating or don’t have the resources to participate. It takes a significant number of members willing to devote a significant amount of their time to choreograph and practice the dancing, plan out and practice the singing, make the back drops, find costumes, and complete the many other tasks it takes to put on a good show.

Sing Song is a tradition at SMU that more organizations should be able to be involved in, if they’re interested.

So, either Program Council should help find a way to help other groups get more involved or they need to realize the potential Sing Song has at increasing their visibility on campus.

If the problem is that they don’t have enough members or resources, Sing Song can help attract more members. If the problem is that they aren’t interested in participating in Sing Song, then something needs to be done to make Sing Song more representative of SMU as a whole, rather than just SMU’s Greek organizations.

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