March 19, 2010

Theta Xi Variety Show set at Shryock

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- One of the longest-standing and most popular traditions at Southern Illinois University Carbondale returns March 27. The Theta Xi Variety Show is set for 6 p.m. that day at Shryock Auditorium.

The Inter-Greek Council, a non-profit student organization that governs the 26 SIUC fraternities and sororities, is sponsoring the 63rd annual show. University students and student groups will demonstrate their artistry with song, dance and acting.

The program includes mini-musicals by some of the larger groups along with song, dance and more from individuals and small groups. The imaginative performances will illustrate the ingenuity and talents of the performers, according to Kathleen Dickey, director of the Theta Xi Variety Show and senior fashion design and merchandising student from Auburn.

The show typically draws an audience of hundreds including students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public. Everyone is welcome. Tickets are $15 for reserved seating or $10 for general admission. Get your tickets online through Ticketmaster ( or in person at Shryock Auditorium. If any tickets remain, you’ll be able to purchase them at the door the evening of the show.

The Inter-Greek Council uses a portion of the show proceeds to fund the prestigious annual Service to Southern Award. This annual award, the highest recognizing a student for involvement in co-curricular activities, goes to a graduating senior and includes a scholarship. Faculty and staff select the winner on the basis of participation, achievement and excellence of service in campus and community programs, fraternal activities and residence hall or living area activities. The presentation of the Service to Southern Award is one of the highlights of the Theta Xi Variety Show.