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May 6, 2005
Contact: Ruth Stoner, Student Success, (785) 864-4061.

KU students produce Rock Chalk Revue variety show to benefit United Way

LAWRENCE -- Rock Chalk Revue, a student philanthropy and all-campus variety show, recently concluded its 56th year at the University of Kansas, recognizing the talents and volunteer efforts of several thousand KU students in three spring-semester shows at the Lied Center.

The annual satirical musical revue written and produced by KU students has become a major contributor to the United Way of Douglas County in recent years, according to Ann Eversole, longtime Rock Chalk Revue adviser and KU associate dean of students. Students from fraternities, sororities, residence halls and scholarship halls fill leadership, production and volunteer roles and compete for group and individual prizes.

Since 1983 the United Way of Douglas County has received Rock Chalk Revue proceeds. A record single-year gift of more than $52,000 followed the 2003 performance. A yet-to-be-determined donation from 2005 will be delivered at the start of the 2005 United Way campaign, which typically lasts from September to November.

In addition to the stage show, KU students' Rock Chalk Revue activities include volunteer hours at about 30 Douglas County United Way social service agencies. This year, students contributed 12,483 volunteer hours to benefit area organizations.

Activities are coordinated by a student-run advisory board that also selected a theme for each year's show. For 2005, it was "By the Numbers." Groups, either co-ed or individual, interested in performing in Rock Chalk Revue began creating scripts in the fall, then submitted synopsis notebooks and video presentations to an independent panel of judges that announced in late November the five shows for the revue. Advisory board leaders this year were Wade Carr, Wellington senior, executive producer; Erin Nied, Chesterfield, Mo., senior; executive director; and Craig Van Blaricum, Lawrence master's degree student, business manager.

Co-ed shows chosen this year were Chi Omega sorority and Beta Theta Pi fraternity for "Greece," an ancient-era version of "Grease"; Gamma Phi Beta sorority and Phi Delta Theta fraternity for "On Air" about ratings rivalries between two TV stations; Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Sigma Chi fraternity for "Keepin' Time," a story of attempts to revive a once-proud high school band; and Delta Gamma sorority and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity with "Double Booked," a skit about a vacation lodge mistakenly reserved the same date by two opposing groups, one dedicated bird watchers and the other die-hard hunters. In addition, Alpha Gamma Delta performed individually with "Die a la Mode," a murder mystery tale based on poisoned pie served at a ladies' club meeting.

"Double-Booked" won the best overall show award for Delta Gamma sorority and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. The show also won for best pre-show video, best production number, best use of costumes, best script, best use of sets and best choreography. Gamma Phi Beta and Phi Delta Theta won for best interpretation of theme for their "On Air" show.

Best original song went to Kappa Kappa Gamma and Sigma Chi for "Drum Cadence," composed and performed by Sigma Chi members Kevin Chaffee, Overland Park sophomore; Will Russell, Wheaton, Ill., junior; and Bryan Witry, Mequon, Wis., junior.

Katie Bushouse, Chi Omega, Lawrence junior, won the best actress award for her portrayal of "Sandri" in "Greece." Jason Murray, Pi Kappa Phi, Leawood senior, received the best actor prize for Remington, a bird-hunting enthusiast in "Double Booked." Alpha Gamma Delta's Lauren Schaffer, Dodge City senior, won best supporting actress award for her stereotypical lady-who-lunches "Jaclyn" in "Die a la Mode." For his Ronald Rump character, based on Donald Trump, Greyson Clymer, Phi Delta Theta, Prairie Village senior, won best supporting actor in "On Air."

Watkins Scholarship Hall was named the Most Community-Service Dedicated Organization with more than 895 volunteer hours, and Pearson Scholarship Hall was runner-up with 721 hours. Kristin Wilson, Watkins, Frontenac senior, received the Most Community-Service Dedicated Woman Award for donating 138 volunteer hours, followed with 117 hours by Stephanie Maerz, Sigma Kappa, Overland Park junior. For his 212 hours, Josh Sebree, Pearson, Salina senior, received the Most Community-Service Dedicated Man Award, with runner-up honors going to Jeff Larkin, Beta Theta Pi, Garden City senior, with 32 hours.

Rock Chalk Revue group volunteer awards are based on four levels of contributed hours. Gold awards for an average of at least 13 hours per person went to Douthart Scholarship Hall in addition to Watkins and Pearson scholarship halls. Beta Theta Pi fraternity received a silver award for its members' volunteering at the 11- to 12.9-hour level. Delta Gamma sorority earned a bronze award for its average of 9 to 10.9 hours per person. Cited for honorable mention were Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Gamma Delta, Chi Omega, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta and Sigma Kappa sororities; Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity; and Margaret Amini Scholarship Hall and Sellards Scholarship Hall.

KU students in positions on the advisory board or in leading or director roles as well as individual award winners are listed by hometown, level, major, parents' names, high school and Rock Chalk Revue achievement at


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