Five students took to the stage to compete during Delta Phi Epsilon’s (DPhiE) annual Iris Icon event Saturday, Nov. 19.
Ashlyn Labrecque, vice president of programming for the sorority, said the Iris Icon is a gender neutral contest that raises money for one of their philanthropies, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundations (CFF).
Originally known by the name “Deepher Dude,” DPhiE changed the event name to Iris Icon to make it more gender inclusive two years ago.
“What we really like about it is that it gets people in the community involved in what Greek life does and the things that are important to us,” Labrecue said. “It’s really fun getting to know new people who like want to do it and participate in it, and it’s just fun and a great way for everyone to get together.”
The contest had five different rounds for the contestants to showcase themselves: an introductory round, formal wear, talent, a Kahoot trivia game about the sorority and the CFF, and a final round to tally up the amount of money each contestant made from their own fundraising.
In between each round, there were two commentators at the podium entertaining the audience and commentating throughout the competition.
By the end of the competition, junior Deacon Cormier became this year’s Iris Icon.
“”It was a lot of fun, kind of stressful beforehand, but you couldn’t see anyone when you were on stage, so it made it a lot easier,” said Cormier.
Cormier said he prepared for the competition with his mentor from the sorority, junior Vanessa LeSage, going over facts about DPhiE and the CFF. LeSage also assisted him in coming up with ideas for the rounds.
He noted that he really enjoyed the talent round of the contest. During the talent round, he was able to turn a skeleton into a puppet by using hair ties and a rope to lip sync to a song, all while moving around with a makeshift boat.
When deciding to join in on the competition, Cormier said, “I really love philanthropy-type events, and knowing that it was like a pageant because I love the idea of a pageant combined with a philanthropy event, I was like, ‘I get to do two things I like.’”
As a member of KSC Fraternity and Sorority Life, junior Parker Miller knew a couple of the people in the contest and wanted to support the philanthropy event.
“I think it was great, enjoyed the funny competitions. I like to see the Greek community come together and really support each other,” said Miller.
Sophomore Ems Frontierro said she was part of a different sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, but wanted to come and support DPhiE and the other fraternity and sorority life members competing. Frontierro also mentioned that she went to the Iris Icon last year.
“I love the one that’s last year and I loved it even more this year. It had me laughing the whole time,” said Frontierro.
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