This year, Davidson College is initiating a new budget-saving measure called "Singing for Savings." Since the start of the 2009-10 academic year, the administration has been converting every sports team, eating house, fraternity, and club into a harmonizing singing group, also known as a cappella.
"This way," explained project coordinator Delilah General, "students can have fun and participate in extracurricular activities virtually for free. A capella groups don't use any instruments—it's genius! We've already locked down our free pianist, and now this!
"We are especially proud of converting all the athletes. Now we don't have to pay for uniforms, bus trips, meals, rehab equipment or hotel rooms. We were able to convert Baker Sports Complex into an auditorium, and we will save hundreds of thousands per year by not paying coaching staffs, trainers or referees."
Formerly the football team, the new group Colossus looks forward to taking the stage later this month in their debut.
Principal performer Matt Guerrieri, whose stage name is now "Gooey," said yesterday, "There's a lot of chest-bumping. It fits well with the harmonizing of our former defensive line, which sings alto. And watch for my solo in ‘The Way You Make Me Feel'."
Colossus will be joined on stage by Legs (formerly men's basketball), Skirts ‘N' Sticks (field hockey), and SkinnySwift (track and field/cross country).