Inaugural student athlete talent show features nine acts
By Lily Gordon
Published on Thursday, January 24, 2013
Trading the field for the stage, student athletes stole the show in the inaugural student athlete talent show at Spaulding Auditorium on Tuesday. The event, sponsored by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, featured nine student athlete performances, a panel of judges dressed in flair and even a surprise performance by athletic director Harry Sheehy.
While the event aimed to give student athletes a chance to have fun and demonstrate their talents off of the court, only one student athlete emerged victorious. The judges, members of the athletic department, awarded men’s soccer forward Eric Jayne ’15 the top prize — a dinner with Sheehy to a restaurant of Jayne’s choice.
Jayne’s solo performance of Andy McKee’s “For My Father” triumphed, but he said he respected the efforts of his peers.
“There were a lot of good acts out there,” Jayne said. “Playing and singing is a lot harder that you might think — I was too afraid to try it.”
Jayne said he practiced for “about an hour,” but hopes that performers are given more time to prepare their acts next year.
“I’ve been keeping that song in performance shape for a while now, so it didn’t take too long,” Jayne said.
Jayne was not the only athlete to entertain the crowd with a musical performance. Victor Williams ’16, a wide receiver on the men’s football team, played guitar and sang Musiq Soulchild’s “Don’t Change.” Freshmen members of the women’s volleyball team sang a parody to the tune of the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe,” the softball team, led by Alex Jarvis ’16, sang and danced to Taylor Swift’s “22” and the baseball team sang a medley of *NSYNC songs.
Dance was also popular, with a standout performance by the men’s swimming and diving team. Wearing nothing but their swimsuits and towels, they danced to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
The women’s lacrosse team danced to a mashup featuring “Stanky Legg,” “What is Love,” “Thrift Shop” and “Moving Like Bernie.” The skit began with a parody of the military-style training camp that the team has attended for the past two years.
“It’s all about leadership and working together,” Holly Foster ’14 said. “We took inspiration from that because a lot of other teams at Dartmouth have done that, so we wanted to get a laugh because a lot of people can relate to it.”
The field hockey team closed the evening with a rendition of Stefano’s “I’m on a Roll,” drawing applause and praise from all of the judges.
Sheehy surprised the crowd as the first act of the night, dedicating the song “Halleluiah” to his wife. Although Sheehy set the bar high for the rest of the performers, the freshmen from the men’s soccer team did not disappoint with Aaron Carter’s “I Want Candy,” the follow up act.
Associate athletic director for facilities and operations Shadara MacNicol said she hopes the event continues in the future.
“I thought it was a fun opportunity for us administrators to come see our athletes get out here and do a little something fun, and even have one of our AD’s up there as well, which was really impressive,” MacNicol said. “We hope to grow this event and get more students here as fans and as participants.”
The night ended with comments by the judges on each performance. A representative from each team returned to the stage to hear the judges’ feedback. The freshmen members of the baseball team, accompanied by Chad Piersma ’13, took second with its rendition of *NSYNC.
Performers and audience members said they enjoyed the evening and hoped the event will continue.
“We are definitely in it for next year’s show,” Foster said.