Cardinal rally cries

Cheers, music 'pep' up football team at rally.

The sounds of music and cheering students echoed off the walls of Worthen Arena Monday night at the Homecoming pep rally.

The marching band, University Singers, the jazz ensemble, the football team, cheerleaders and other groups combined to bring out Ball State spirit in full force.

Also, the first-ever crowning of the faculty and staff royalty took place. The title of faculty queen was awarded to Terry Whitt Bailey of the Office of the President. Rob Tyler, of the department of finance, was named king.

Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham helped pep up the crowd for the upcoming football game on Saturday.

"We are having a great season this year and have a great team," he said.

"I want to thank the student body for coming here (to the pep rally) and to the football games," Cunningham added. "You make a difference in the atmosphere."

The University Singers performed two medleys of song and dance numbers backed up by the jazz ensemble. Songs included "Greased Lightning," from Grease and "Mambo," from West Side Story. Also, Code Red danced to two numbers.

A five-man rap and dance group from Alpha Phi Alpha received the biggest response from the audience as well as a standing ovation. Performing to rap music, the group moved with a style reminiscent of the modern group Stomp. After the festivities of the pep rally, the team events finished off the rest of the night.

Teams consisted of groups from fraternities, sororities, residence halls, churches and other organizations. Approximately 12 teams participated in a relay and tricycle race and a Twister competition.

Sigma Phi Epsilon was one team that competed in the relay race, which consisted of spinning frantically around a baseball bat, worming through a red fabric tunnel, hopping in a sack and dashing up a set of stairs.

"I had fun and it was a blast," said Alex Santos, of Sigma Phi Epsilon. "More people should have gotten out here because it was a wicked great time!"


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