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February 26, 2014

Q5: Variety show slated at Oklahoma State University

STILLWATER, Okla. — Varsity Revue, put on by fraternity men and sorority women at Oklahoma State, will be 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased at Brandon Parduhn is executive director of the Varsity Revue.

1 How did Varsity Revue get started at OSU?

Varsity Revue is an all-campus variety show. Over the years, Varsity Revue has become a tradition OSU students look forward to. The story begins with a 1929 editorial by the Daily O’Collegian editor Joe Griffin. He complained that the band’s performances were lackluster and their physical appearance was poor. With the help of the Press Club, an agreement was reached. A campus vaudeville production was proposed. The show, along with the sale of “Beat OU” tags, would raise funds to buy university band uniforms. On Nov. 18, 1929, the first Varsity Revue opened.

2 What can the audience expect from a VR performance?

Each Varsity Revue performance showcases the talents of OSU students as they compete for charity. It features seven large group acts of 40 cast members and seven individual acts.

3 Why was the United Way chosen as the benefit organization?

When deciding on what cause that we wanted to support, the executive committee came to the conclusion that we wanted to choose an organization that supports and impacts our local community.


4 How is money raised by the event?

Money is raised through ticket sales, a silent auction and the passing of buckets during each show.

5 What is this year’s goal for Varsity Revue at OSU?

Our goal is $10,000. We are very close to exceeding it and would appreciate any support.


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