Mid-day on a typical Tuesday and Thursday, you can catch Auburn junior Shawn Lacey stepping in to the Foy computer lab to study for this classes in mechanical engineering.
Along with his academic work, every night this week, the member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity has stepped in to his stomp for the annual Tiger Stomp step show this Friday, March 5 at 6 pm in the Student Activities Center.
According to the Auburn University Web site, Tiger Stomp is an annual event held in the spring hosted by the Black Student Union. Tiger Stomp celebrates the African-American tradition of "stepping". "Stepping" is a traditional form of dance and song created by the members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. During this event, members of the Greek community compete for monetary prizes by displaying their unique stepping routines.
Lacey joined the Sigma Delta chapter of Omega Psi Phi in Spring 2008. Along with the fraternity’s principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift, he knew that stepping would be included in the social events of the fraternity.
Practice for Tiger Stomp began on Sunday, Feb. 28 for Omega Psi Phi after their win at a step show on Saturday, Feb 27 at Mercer College in Macon, Ga.
“I have not lost a step show or Greek-life competition of any kind while at Auburn,” Lacey said. “I plan to keep that a true statement after Tiger Stomp.”
Although Lacey and his fraternity started practice late in their preparation, they are confident in their work and creativity for the show.
Known as “Balboa” to his fraternity brothers, Lacey and his fraternity “created a theme and routine, learned the routine, gathered the costumes and props, filmed practices and synced music into their routine,” all in preparation for the step show.
“Our skit is based on a popular film from this past summer,” Lacey said.
According to Lacey, it only takes discipline to win Tiger Stomp.
Until Friday night, Lacey has a brief message for his competitors: “The Ques (Omega Psi Phi) will be in full effect, so bring your best show.”
Three Howard University men founded Omega Psi Phi fraternity on the evening of Nov. 17, 1911. For more information about Tiger Stomp, Black Student Union or the National Pan-Hellenic Council, contact the student services at 334-844-1389.