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October 22, 2003


Cavalier Daily

This is the second in a three-part series on relationships. Part one featured dating between athletes and non-athletes. Part two emphasizes dating between a cappella singers and non-a-capella singers. Part three spotlights athletes who date each other and a cappella singers who date each other.

Although Akhavan and Hicks have been dating for only two months, Hicks said he has gained a new appreciation for a cappella in that time. Hicks owns a copy of the Silhooettes CD and said he plays it for himself when Akhavan isn't around, and also for others when they ask about his girlfriend. Hicks said he also makes sure he never misses live renditions of the songs.

"Before I knew her, I kind of just watched a cappella and just heard it. It was just entertainment," Hicks said. "But by paying more attention to the group and her, I can learn a lot about a cappella. I watch everything and look at the details such as who is directing, the choreography and how the percussion fits in." Akhavan, a member of the Silhooettes, was runner-up for the Contemporary a Cappella Society's Award for best collegiate soloist in the nation.

Both resident advisors, Hicks and Akhavan know the dorms are not exactly an ideal spot to practice a cappella. So Hicks often takes her to the Rotunda to sing. "It gives her adrenaline, and it is more exciting to sing from the top of the steps," Hicks said More

Posted by acapnews at October 22, 2003 2:42 PM


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