Men’s social club Frater Sodalis won its first Sing Song since 1982 on Saturday.
This marks their seventh overall win in the men’s division of Sing Song. Past wins include 1964, ‘69, ‘72, ‘74, ‘77 and ‘82.
Aside from placing third under Pi Kappa and Galaxy in the vocals category, the men of Frater Sodalis placed first in set/props, costumes, choreography and entertainment.
“A-Frat-Acadabra” was led under the direction of Tyler Cepica, senior biochemistry major from Lubbock, and his assistant director, Patrick Reed, junior history major from Austin.
Cepica said that since he wanted to be the director for Frats, he was thinking big picture and about the ability to make history.
“Since I was running for [Sing Song director], my goal was to win,” Cepica said. “From the very get-go, you have to be thinking across all the categories from the theme to the songs that will be used.”
Regarding this act, Cepica said he tried to incorporate something unique in every song.
“You have to have, at least, one big moment in your act. You have to be memorable and you have to be recognizable, so I tried to make a big moment in every song to increase our chances [of winning].”
Cepica also said he believed the biggest thing Frats had to think about was buying into the idea they had a chance to win but that they could always improve.
“Our motto for this Sing Song was ‘Your next performance is your best performance.’ I think we really did that and our club verse something to that,” Cepica said, “in the sense that we’re always seeking to better one another. ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another,’ Proverbs 27:17.”
To himself and the rest of the men in Frats, Reed said that this win was special and touching.
“It’s just a really big sense of satisfaction. Finding out that it had been 38 years since Frats had won, there was a big drive to win this year. So going from ‘man, I want this to happen’ to ‘wow, this might really be possible’ to ‘okay, it actually happened’ is just really satisfying.”
Reed said that even though Sing Song is unique to ACU, he felt that the world was focused on Frats in that moment.
“[Sing Song] is such a weird thing that only happens here, but when you’re in that moment, you just feel that the world is surrounding you.”
Along with Frater Sodalis, the overall winner of the women’s division was Ko Jo Kai, scoring first in each category, and the overall winner of the class division was the Senior Class.