Although many clubs will be dawning the classic red and black face paint and glitter-covered costumes, the women of Zeta Rho and the men of Sub T-16 will be absent from this year’s show.
This will be the first time in three years Zeta Rho will not participate in Sing Song. Mark Jackson, assistant director of student organizations and programs, said they originally wanted to perform, but felt they did not have the numbers.
Zeta Rho also decided not to take any pledges this fall, but received eight girls during spring pledging, a process which will cap off after Sing Song.
This will be the first time since 2007 Sub T-16 will not compete. Jackson attributed the club’s absence to disciplinary sanctions related to events that took place during this year’s fall pledge season. Jackson did not offer more detail about what led to the suspension.
“When the decision was made, one of the things that was taken away was Sing Song,” Jackson said. “Our hope is that next spring Sub-T will be back and be part of the show.”
The club will be able to apply for reinstatement as a social club at the end of this semester. If it is approved by the Office of Student Life, the club could be back on campus by the fall semester.
Sub T-16 president Garrett Coppedge did not provide details about the incident that led to Sub T’s suspension.
“As for moving forward as a club, I’ve never met a group of guys more willing to take responsibility for their mistakes and the mistakes of others,” Coppedge said in a statement. “You can’t keep a group of men like that down. We have a great crew, and the future of the club is bright. As for Sing Song, oh, we’ll be back.”
As of now, the maximum number of acts allowed in a Sing Song show is 17. With the absence of these clubs, the show will consist of 15 – 10 club acts and five class acts. But Tom Craig, director of student productions, said the atmosphere of the show is about more than who is performing.
“Typically, current students look at Sing Song within a framework of the three or four years they know, whereas alumni look at it over the course of 10, 20 years,” Craig said.
This isn’t the first time alumni will watch a show without a club, Craig said, and this scenario will be nothing out of the ordinary for those returning to campus this weekend.