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RMU Greeks Lip-sync and Dance for a Good Cause

Monday, April 15, 2013

Pittsburgh - For more than 25 years, RMU Greek Life has held their annual Airband Show, which is a lip-sync and dance competition that marks the end of Greek Week. This show is both a chance for Greeks to show their talent on stage and raise money for a worthy cause.

This year, the show raised over $500 dollars for the Gavin Quigley Scholarship Fund. Gavin is the son of late Kristina Quigley, the head coach of women's lacrosse at Seton Hill University, who lost her life in a bus crash in March. The goal was to raise $60,000 dollars to help Gavin pay for college and since March 16, the fund has raised $74,125. 

"For the past decade we've taken advantage of the crowd we draw and raise money for charity," said Scott Irlbacher, RMU director of special programs and student community standards. 

The show has become very prominent since its birth in the mid 1980s. The first Airband was a small group of Greeks who came together and danced to one song in a ballroom in John Jay. This year, more than 1,000 people attended the event held in the Sewall Center, including students, parents, professors, siblings, and even students from other schools. 

"We've taken it up a notch and brought up the professionalism of the show by adding lights and sound, and bringing someone in to do a video. It’s become a very popular event here at RMU," said Irlbacher.

This years winners were the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha, whose theme was “The Wizard Oz,” and the brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa, whose theme was “Joining a Fraternity”. In second place for the girls was Delta Phi Epsilon with “Job Fair” and in third was Delta Zeta with “DZ-TV”.

For the boys, Alpha Chi Rho placed second with their theme “Alpha Chi Wedding,” while Kappa Delta Rho placed third with “The Suite Life of KDR”. Alpha Phi Delta’s show, “Time Machine” gave them fourth place, with Phi Delta Theta finishing in fifth with “The Life of Neil Armstrong.”

Chris Lockhart, a brother of Alpha Chi Rho, has been participating in Airband for three years and has always enjoyed raising money for charities through it.

“As much as everyone wants to win, we all know the main goal is to bring the community together and help out a good cause. I’m glad to see the Gavin's scholarship fund has already surpassed its goal and we are proud to have helped contribute to that,” said Lockhart.

To find our more about the Gavin Quigley Scholarship Fund or to make a donation, click here


Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.