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Archive for Thursday, February 4, 2010

On the move for Rock Chalk Revue

Variety show by greek community to benefit United Way

Kansas University students John Goscha, a junior, center, and John LeRoy, a senior, at right, both members of Sigma Nu fraternity, practice for Rock Chalk Revue with members of Alpha Delta Pi sorority Wednesday at the Burge Union. The revue is the greek community’s annual variety show, which is a fundraiser for the United Way.

Kansas University students John Goscha, a junior, center, and John LeRoy, a senior, at right, both members of Sigma Nu fraternity, practice for Rock Chalk Revue with members of Alpha Delta Pi sorority Wednesday at the Burge Union. The revue is the greek community’s annual variety show, which is a fundraiser for the United Way.

February 4, 2010

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Organizers of the Kansas University greek community’s annual variety show to benefit charity hope to raise more than $70,000 for the United Way.

Rock Chalk Revue features five musical performances by members of fraternities and sororities at the Lied Center. This year’s theme is Full Speed Ahead, a nod to the success of last year’s performance, which raised a record $60,000, said Stephen Fessler, the show’s executive producer.

“Last year was our big 60-year milestone,” he said. “We just want to keep the momentum going.”

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. March 4, 5 and 6 at the Lied Center. Tickets can be purchased Monday by calling the Lied Center’s Box Office at 864-2787.

On March 4-5, tickets are available to KU and Haskell students for $15, and $18 to the public. Tickets are $25 on March 6.

The show is continuing to reach out to members of the business community in an effort to gain corporate sponsors, and has already secured some, including Silpada Designs, a Kansas City-area direct-sales jewelry company.

In addition to advertising on fliers across campus, the show is reaching out to area high school theater departments to gauge their interest in attending, Fessler said.

The performers are currently rehearsing and spending an hour seven days a week running through different songs and performances, said Patrick Peterson, co-executive director of the show.

Each of the shows will feature four different songs in a 25-minute performance, he said.

“The selection process itself was very, very close this year, which just speaks to the quality of the shows that are here,” Peterson said.

Comments

justathought93 4 years, 2 months ago

The concept and history of RCR is nice but I think they have lost their way. It is fundraising 101 to try not to spend more than you make.

  1. Groups literally SPEND Tens of Thousands of dollars creating these shows: recording studios, costumes, team building outings, dance studio rentals. Not to mention the cost of the tuition hours lost from not studying and rehearsing instead.

  2. They only raise about $60,000! When you think about how all the groups spend TONS more than that just to try to get in the show.....what a waste. They would be better off donating outright and so much more good could be done.

  3. They exclude groups. You have to audition to get in. At other campuses - like UK - they raise $110,000+, the show is ONE night only, and ALL groups get to participate. Granted, the shows are more like dance team meets show choir, but the bits are 4 minutes each, everyone gets to participate so all groups go and spend money to see and cheer on their team and they raise more dough.

RCR needs a new angle. They should open up, limit spending, and realize that pretty much the only people that think RCR really rocks is people at KU. True Philanthropy should extend beyond immediate community. They could do SO much more - I hope they think about that. The spirit of the philanthropy is lost in competition. Isn't this about charity?

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bromidrosis 4 years, 2 months ago

The Revue is steeped in tradition, so is the KKK.

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TriSigmaKS 4 years, 2 months ago

Awww, poor curmudgeon....couldn't find anything else to be constructive about. Sad for you.....so sad. Too bad you're not educated about fraternities and sororities.

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Danimal 4 years, 2 months ago

Not going to lie, I've always thought Rock Chalk Revue was a huge waste of money. I'm something of a curmudgeon so I've always thought that if people want to donate money to charity, they should do just that. That and I hate the elitism and racism inherent to traditional fraternities and sororities.

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