Posted by Philip Poole on 2007-02-19

For the third consecutive year, an independent group took home top honors in Samford University's annual Step Sing.

Dudes-A-Plenty took the sweepstakes award for the second time in three years. The group was first runner-up last year. As stated in their introduction, the group of men was organized several years ago "for the sole purpose of participating in Step Sing." Although some of the participants are members of Greek organizations on campus, most are independent.

Zeta Tau Alpha women's sorority took first runner-up honors after finishing as second runner-up a year ago. Last year's sweepstakes winner, Independent Ladies, took second runner-up.

Audience members on Thursday and Friday nights voted on favorites, with audience choice awards also announced on Saturday. Dudes-A-Plenty took audience favorite awards for best overall and best music. Zeta Tau Alpha won the award for best choreography, while men's fraternity Sigma Chi won for best costumes.

Winners in the 57th annual student-produced variety show were announced Feb. 17, the third of three consecutive sell-out performances. Twelve groups participated in this year's Step Sing. The theme of this year's production was "Red Carpet."

Alpha Omicron Pi women's sorority was recognized for best philanthropic support. Following a decades-old Step Sing tradition, organizations raised funds and gathered supplies for a local charity as part of their Step Sing participation. This year's charity was Birmingham AIDS Outreach.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.