Students dance through 100 years of Homecoming

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Members of the homecoming greek pairing of Chi Omega, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Phi Kappa Theta, Triangle, and Phi Beta perform at Wildcat Request Live on Oct. 13, 2015 in Bramlage Coliseum. As one of K-State's homecoming traditions, Wildcat Request Live is a lip sync and dance competition showcase that sororities and fraternities participate in. (Cassandra Nguyen | The Collegian)

Students packed Bramlage Coliseum dancing, chanting and cheering for their friends who showcased dance skills at Wildcat Request Live Tuesday night.

As cheers echoed across the room, teams brought original choreography to the dance floor.

Emily Cosgrove, senior in elementary education, said she came to watch and support her friends and sorority sisters.

“I am an alum of Zeta Tau Alpha, so I wanted to come and support (my sorority) and this great community as a whole,” Cosgrove said.

Cosgrove said her favorite part was not just the dances, but also the creative choreography and ideas put into the pieces.

“I just think it’s cool how everyone takes the homecoming theme and make it their own and make it come alive in the dance,” Cosgrove said.

Jennifer Watts, resident of Minneapolis, Kansas, said she came to WRL to watch her son perform.

“My son is in (Phi Delta Theta) and he danced,” Watts said. “It was excellent. There were some (dances) that were better than others but they were all really good.”

Watts said she was proud of her son, his friends and all participating students for their hard work.

“You got to commend them for doing it, taking care of class and everything else they have and jobs,” Watts said.

According to Brenna McQuitty, junior in life sciences, rehearsal for WRL started about three weeks ago.

“We practiced an average of two to three days per week (for) about two hours,” McQuitty said.

Staying consistent with K-State’s Homecoming theme, each group represented a different time period, starting with the 1900s and going all the way through the 2000s and into the future. Each group individualized its theme with more specific ideas such as “American Bandstand” for the 1960s, “The Fresh Prince of MHK” for the 1990s and a World War I tribute for 1910s.

WRL is not exclusive to the greek community; many students came to support friends and families and other groups showed off their talents as well. The cheerleaders and the Classy Cats fired up the crowd during a performance before the homecoming event.

Hilary Cosgrove, senior in elementary education and former Classy Cat, came to support her friends and former teammates.

“I am an alum Classy Cat, so I came to watch some of the Classy Cats that I know that are still dancing and support them,” Cosgrove said.

Cosgrove said it was strange watching the performances rather than performing. She said that when she participated, many of her friends cheered her on and she was excited to support them.

“As a Classy Cat it was my favorite experience, one of my favorite events,” Cosgrove said. “It’s a really fun family atmosphere to get everyone together for homecoming and excited for the big game on Saturday.”

WRL brought students from sororities, fraternities and other student groups together with a supportive crowd for an evening to celebrate 100 years of Homecoming. McQuitty said that this week of events is a great opportunity for the greek community to bond.

“I thought it was really fun how we got to interact with different people from different fraternities and sororities, and I like how we got to grow closer as a community,” McQuitty said.

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My name is Jamie Teixeira and I am a senior English and journalism with a minor in Leadership. I am the president of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, a tutor at the K-State Writing Center,and a member of the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble. My future plans are to become an editor or publisher of children's literature. Outside of school I love to read and cuddle with my kitten, Bert.