‘Finding Norma,’ ‘Phitanic’ and ‘Moonlight’: Greek Life parodies movies at philanthropy event

Juniors Ketzia Abramson and Claire Gatzke were the hosts of the Alpha Gam Movie Awards. Photo by Kaitlin Homan

Ketzia Abramson, junior integrated educational studies major, and Claire Gatzke, junior communications studies and political science double major, were the hosts of the Alpha Gam Movie Awards. Photo by Kaitlin Homan.

Complete with a red carpet and parodies of movies including a version of “Footloose” that mocked the Chapman expansion and party ordinance issue, the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority held its philanthropy event, the Alpha Gam Movie Awards, Oct. 27 in Memorial Hall.

The sorority has changed its philanthropy event the last couple of years, unlike other Greek organizations that opt to have a fixed event, like sororities Gamma Phi Beta’s Airbands or Delta Gamma’s Anchor Splash.

Sorority Alpha Phi sisters performed in their version of "Titanic," called "Phitanic." Photo by Kaitlin Homan

Sorority Alpha Phi sisters performed in their version of “Titanic,” called “Phitanic.” Photo by Kaitlin Homan

“There’s not really any particular reason. We just decided to try something new this year,” said sophomore Carrie Smith, who is Alpha Gamma Delta’s fundraising event coordinator. “It was just a decision our chapter made to change the event every year.”

This year, the sorority elected to have other Greek organizations create parodies of movies and submit them, culminating in an awards show event, where the submissions would be viewed by the audience and a panel of judges. The judges included Dean of Students Jerry Price, Greek Life Program Coordinator Jaclyn Dreschler and Resident Director of Glass Hall Nathan Worden.

Smith, a television writing and production major, wanted to give students of the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts the opportunity to put their film talents toward a good cause.

“I myself am a Dodge student, and amongst the very diverse Greek Life philanthropy events, there were none that gave Dodge students an opportunity to showcase their talents,” Smith said. “So I wanted to create a niche for students in that school to be able to reflect well on their chapters and contribute to all of the amazing philanthropic efforts of Chapman’s Greek community.”

Sorority Delta Delta Delta members performed in their version of "She's The Man." Photo by Kaitlin Homan

Sorority Delta Delta Delta members performed in their version of “She’s The Man.” Photo by Kaitlin Homan

The event started off with a video of the stars of each film lip syncing to Justin Timberlake’s song “Can’t Stop The Feeling,”which was followed up by movie viewings, a parody of the “In Memoriam” videos typically shown at award shows and the presentation of the awards.

“I thought they were really interesting. They were all really funny and had a good twist,” said Madison Raaf, a junior sociology major.

Sorority Alpha Phi’s film “Phitanic,” which was a Chapman-related parody of “Titanic,” won Best Picture.

Best Cameo went to the Delta Tau Delta fraternity for “Finding Norma,” a parody of “Finding Dory” that involved Norma Bolanos, a beloved Chapman employee who worked at Doy’s Place. The Fan Favorite award, which required audience members to send in their votes via text, went to the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority for its parody of “Paranormal Activity,” “Super Normal Activity.”

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