The annual Lip Sync Battle is in need of more performers

By: Alexis Stallard, Editor-In-Chief

Get your costumes on and your hairbrushes ready because the Lip Sync Battle returns next week.

That is, assuming that the Campus Activities Board can get anyone to participate.

The student-favorite event is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday in the Dugan Conference Center. Those who perform have a chance to win trophies, cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500, and highly-coveted bragging rights. Audience members will be able to play games organized by the Student Athletes Activities Committee in between performances and also will have the chance to win prizes.

The event, which in previous years was put on during homecoming week, almost didn’t happen this year because of staffing changes in the Student Affairs Department. Senior Mai Dao, CAB president, said that CAB was approached to host the event during homecoming this year.

“CAB did not want to suddenly host the Lip Sync Battle with less than two weeks of notice,” Dao said. “This would have not allowed students to have time to plan and practice their performance.”

So far, though, only one team has entered to compete in the Lip Sync Battle, but applications are still open. Last year, four groups performed.

The event is one that is usually well attended by students, but many have voiced their disagreement with previous years’ results. Dao said that the judges are always directed to score teams fairly and avoid all biases and that CAB members have tried their best to invite judges who promise to follow these directions.

“This year, we have invited alumnus that have graduated five years ago or more to avoid any conflict of interest,” Dao said.

Dao said that concern also has been expressed over the People’s Choice Award. Many students have said that, because of the use of paper ballots, which can be easily fixed, they don’t trust the outcome. Dao said that only those who attend will be allowed to vote. The winner will be announced at the Spring Fling on May 4.

Students who want to enter can scan the QR code on one of the Lip Sync Battle Flyers around campus, or they can visit

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