On Thursday, Nov. 17, the Residence Life staff at Transylvania University held a Lip Sync Battle event in the Campus Center gym in an effort to bring the Transy community together.
Organized by sophomore resident advisor Justin Garagnani, this year’s Lip Sync Battle was modeled off of the hit television show with the same name. Garagnani said that all of the events put on by Residence Life are meant to “bring the campus together as much as possible.”
“Everyone listens to music, and pretty much everyone enjoys cheese sticks,” said Garagnani.
Students signed up to compete tournament-style with either a solo act or with a group of friends, and the fun began.
While the audience munched on Mad Mushroom cheese sticks and washed it all down with complementary ice cold beverages, Garagnani started to call the contestants up to the stage. Assistant Director of Residence Life and Housing Hannah Piechowski watched attentively, as she was one of the judges for the night.
Performances ranged from classics, such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Carry on My Wayward Son,” to more recent hits like “Allstar” by SmashMouth and “Gold Digger” by Kanye West.
After the contestants continued to get narrowed down further and further, the judges were left with two people standing: sophomore Cole Lancaster and first-year Moira Hedrick.
When the judges could not come to a decision on who deserved the title, they decided to have the final two perform a duet in order to see who would take away all of the Lip Sync glory. Lancaster and Hedrick did their best impersonations of Troy and Gabriella from High School Musical in their rendition of “Soaring.”
The judges turned it over to the audience to decide the winner, and Hedrick was declared victor of this Lip Sync Battle.
“It feels strange,” said Hedrick on her Lip Sync Battle win. “It was so much fun because of all of the other contestants who competed.”