A massive pile of logs sits ready to be ignited in Wilson Park surrounded by Emporia State students, in preparation for the Homecoming game last Saturday. Atop the large pile is a Griffin, the mascot of Missouri Western. This is the setting for last Friday’s ‘‘Yell like Hell’ contest.

“Yell like Hell” is an annual shouting match held at Wilson Park to pump up the ESU student body before the Homecoming football game. Any student organization can enter, although the event is predominantly composed of Greek organizations.

A group of judges makes the final decisions on which fraternity, sorority or student organization has the best “yell” in their category. Kelley Colwell, Sigma Sigma Sigma pledge and freshman social science education major, said she was confident that her house would take home the victory.

“We’ve pretty much been practicing all week, I feel pretty confident we will get the win,” said Colwell. “I’d just like to thank God and Tri Sig. Duh, we’re gonna win.”

Once the lumber is blazing and the Homecoming king and queen candidates are introduced, the screaming showdown begins. Each organization takes their turn attempting to impress the judges, who are critiquing the yells based off of creativity, volume, clarity, spirit and pride.

“It was a little difficult (judging) because it was really loud and it hurts my ears,” said Lisa Foster, judge and senior business management major. “The results are in,” Munashe Mangwendeza, senior accounting major, said over the loud speaker. Sigma Tau, Sigma Sigma Sigma and the ESU Marching Hornets each won their respective fraternities, sororities and student organization categories.

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