Maysing promises to be more organized, ‘a good show’

Becky Bowman

Northwestern’s Greek community will showcase its talent tonight as 22 fraternities and sororities present skits, parodies and songs about life at NU in the annual Maysing performance at 8 p.m. in Cahn Auditorium.

The event, sponsored by Order of Omega, a Greek honor society at NU, involves members of the Panhellenic Association, Interfraternity Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council.

“The trumping spirit of it all is that all the houses are in this one room for a night,” said Bassel Korkor, Weinberg sophomore and president of Beta Theta Pi. Korkor chaired Beta’s group for the event last year.

Changes in policy for the program this year involved mandatory practices and dress rehearsals, said Bruce Spolansky, Weinberg junior and Order of Omega president. Participating chapters attended a mandatory meeting in late February and were paired up by early March, Spolansky said.

Groups working together for the evening are often paired up based on tradition, he said.

Scripts for the event were handed in at the beginning of the quarter, and required practices began about six weeks ago, said Elizabeth Kos, outgoing Greek area coordinator.

Skits for past Maysings often were thrown together the week before the event, Kos said, keeping the program less successful than it could be.

“We changed the policy to make the show better this year,” Kos said.

Although organizers downplayed the role of alcohol as a motive for implementing the stricter guidelines, the new rules could curb the historical practice of drinking before the event.

The policy changes have made a positive impact on the process, said Phil Ordway, Education junior and vice president of Order of Omega.

“All the groups are much more planned out,” Ordway said. “All the deadlines were followed. We’re expecting a good show,” he added.

The event will be judged by members of the NU faculty, including Mark Witte, economics lecturer; Susan Johnston, coordinator of student community service; and Daniel Barnett, area coordinator for Bobb-McCulloch Hall. The first-, second- and third-place winners of the evening will receive trophies.

During the event the Greek community also will announce the winners of Maycourt, an annual recognition of outstanding men and women at Northwestern, Kos said. Seniors will be recognized in art, community involvement, community leadership, service and philanthropy, scholarship, and club and varsity athletics.