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September 25, 2003

Yale Daily News
Class of '07 joins a cappella scene

Covered in war paint and with bullhorns blaring, members of Yale's a cappella groups tapped their freshman classes last night in a ceremony that drew hundreds of nervous freshman and curious onlookers. The annual tap night capped a three-week-long rushing process in which hopeful freshman auditioned for the University's fabled singing groups.

As group members jostled for position behind High Street Gate, Whim 'n Rhythm and the Whiffenpoofs, Yale's senior singing groups, opened the night with a series of songs before helping to countdown to the beginning of the festivities. For Erika Shumate '06, a member of Proof of the Pudding and the person responsible for making sure her group reached their desired freshman first, tap night was about more than singing.

"I've been through an intense practice so far and I've been hurdling fences to warm up," Shumate said. "It's war and we need to use war tactics."

Eager freshmen were not the only people admiring the mayhem. Rita Braver, a correspondent for the show "Sunday Morning" on CBS, was on hand to film tap night for a story about the nation's a cappella scene.

Posted by acapnews at September 25, 2003 3:00 PM


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