By Angeles Melecio
Hundreds of students gathered in the Brower Student Center with one question on their minds: who will be named the best newlywed couple? The anticipation ate away at every attendee as nine couples competed in three challenging rounds to prove they had what it took to be named champions of The Newlywed Game.
The event, hosted by Theta Phi Alpha, was held on April 10 and featured couples who represented nine different Greek organizations from the College’s campus.
The first round of the competition consisted of a heated “Question and Answer” period, in which each couple put their knowledge of their partner to the test. In the next round, the couples were faced with an intricate challenge that involved working together to get an orange into their mouths without using their hands. In the end, only three finalists remained to battle it out in the final karaoke round, which proved to be a crowd favorite.
“My favorite moment has to be the karaoke competition. The songs were good picks and the best part was that everyone got into it and was singing along,” said Daniela Rodriguez-Luna, a sophomore economics major.
After deliberating, the judges’ results came to a tie between the couples from Delta Tau Delta and Sigma Kappa. The two finalists went head to head in a final “Question and Answer” section to prove how well the couples knew each other. The winners of the competition were Sigma Kappa sisters Mackenzie Hargrove, a sophomore secondary education and history dual major and her partner Paige Barmakian, a sophomore secondary education and English dual major.
“(Winning) felt so good! I was worried when we had to do the tiebreaker with Delta Tau Delta but once they asked the final question, I knew we had it,” Hargrove said.
The highly successful Newlywed Game was Theta Phi Alpha’s main philanthropic event of the semester. The proceeds for this event will go to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and Glenmary Home Missioners.
“TASK is an incredible organization that helps support people that are struggling within the city of Trenton, providing them with food and other programs,” said Kelly Ryan, a sophomore special education and English double major and sister of Theta Phi Alpha. “Glenmary Home Missioners is an organization that helps to build homes in impoverished areas of the country. We chose these organizations because they directly align with our overall philanthropies: hunger and homelessness.”
The night proved to be a win all around, as the event surpassed Theta Phi Alpha’s initial $500 fundraising goal — the sorority raised a total of $700 to fight against hunger and homelessness.
Editors note: Glenmary Home Missioners provides material and spiritual aid to impoverished areas in Appalachia and the south, but does not build homes as stated.