Amid all the studying and preparations to transition back to online classes, Newman University Student Life recently put together a beloved annual event.
The Lip Sync Battle, held this year on Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m., is “an event where students on campus can form teams, create routines, and lip-sync against other teams who have signed up,” said Graduate Assistant Joshua Woods.
This event is something that Newman has done in the past, and it has become a favorite among students.
COVID-19 presented some challenges for the event. However, with some clever planning, Student Life was able to circumnavigate these difficulties.
“We had to come up with a way to do this event in a pandemic and that is what brought me to hosting this event outdoors in a parking lot and renting a stage for the teams to perform on. We had to secure judges to help decide who the winner was based on a judging sheet. We also brought in a food truck and supplied hot chocolate for the attendees of the event.”
Woods went on to explain a bit about the rehearsal process.
“The teams prepared and practiced their routines on their own time. I offered times the day of the event for teams to come and practice their routines if they wanted to.”
With $1000 as the grand prize, four teams worked hard to stage their best performance and had fun along the way.
“My favorite part of the event was getting to see each team’s performance,” Woods commented. “It is very exciting to see the teams and how creative they are.”
Providing a lovely evening of entertainment, the event was well-attended, attracting many student spectators.
The ultimate winner was the team that the Asian Student Association put together. They performed a solid mashup of three different songs; “Bang Bang Bang” by Big Bang, “Boombayah” by Black Pink and “Mic Drop” by BTS.
“Overall, the event was a huge success and everyone had a great time,” said Woods.