GSU dancing for a cause

Kenneth Lee

Next Monday, students will be able to watch their fellow Eagles soar in Georgia Southern University’s very own Dancing with the Stars event, which will contain a variety of dances from ballroom to hip-hop.

Dancing with the Stars is an upcoming fundraiser organized by the Eagles for Eagles team in cooperation with the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board. The Eagles for Eagles initiative focuses on raising money to distribute as awards for students so that they can continue their studies at GSU.

“This is an opportunity to help someone in extreme financial hardship all through the comfort and enjoyment of an amazing show. We have had a great time planning and we know that the audience is in for an unbelievably good time,” Azell Francis, newly elected SGA president and graduate assistant for the Eagles for Eagles program, said.

The stars of Eagle Nation, which consists of notable staff and students, such as Associate Dean of Students Kerry Greenstein, President elect of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., DiArron Morrison, and first runner-up Homecoming Queen, Sarah Brittany Sandbach, are partnered with students from the GSU dance teams, Euphoria and Dyverzion.

“I don’t have any experience dancing, so it’s going to be quite a performance to say the least,” Sandback said, whose dance will involve a mix of hip-hop and jazz.

The show will be hosted by Assistant Director and Minority Advisement Program (MAP) coordinator, Chris Pugh, and there will be a performance by the GSU Comedy Club, as well as from Ms. GSU Idol 2013, Sitovea Williams. In addition to the winner, there will also be a People’s Choice award given to the contestant who raises the most money on the night of the show.

Each dance team will perform one dance, which will be roughly around two minutes and 20 seconds. The judges evaluating the contestants will consist of SGA President Garrett Green, GSU’s 12th President Dr. Brooks A. Keel, and First Lady Dr. Tammie Schalue.

“It’s going to be a really great show. It’s for a really great cause. I think any time you have the opportunity to contribute to a charitable fund you should. It’s not all about dancing, even though it’s going to be really fun and I’m going to win. It’s about making a difference in our community,” Morrison said.

GSU Dancing with the Stars will be at the Russell Union ballroom at 7 p.m. and tickets will be $7 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at the Eagles for Eagles office in the Russell Union, as well as the Dean of Students office.