As the lights dimmed, Dryden Hall filled up with excited students eager to see the student performances in this year's Lasallian Star Search. The show began with a solo performance by Sami Al-Asfour of the Ghost Busters followed by the Student Ambassadors singing Cindy Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

While there were many solo performances, a number of Saint Mary's groups also came together to perform. The Orientation leaders presented a sing-a-long to '90s favorites from the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and N'Sync. The students oohed and ahhed at the performers' costumes, like Kelsey Haverton's yellow-and-orange skin-tight dress in her rendition of the Pussycat Dolls' "Don'tcha."

Many of the performers mocked the songs they sang. The favorite among the crowd and the judges was "It's Raining Men," presented by DeLeys Hamm, Lauralee Jacks, Cally Morris, Kathleen O'Rouke and Chelsea Stevenson of the Lasallian Community, with a surprise appearance by Zach Farley, who threw pictures of shirtless men into the audience. The show's hosts, Farley and Molly Allen, offered up a musical interpretation of Kenny Rodgers and Dolly Parton, big hair and all, singing "Islands in the Stream."

The crowd also enjoyed the commentary from the judges. Taking a page from "American Idol," a panel of three Saint Mary's community members judged the event. Reuben Greenwald channeled Randy Jackson, Mary Volmer imitated Paula Abdul, and Chris Jones, with his English accent, gave a convincing rendition of Simon Cowell. After hearing the lip sync of Shania Twain's "Man, I Feel Like a Woman," Jones reacted with, "Man, I feel like a Vicodin," drawing laughs from the crowd.

In the end, the judges chose the top three winners, and the students determined a Students' Choice winner by cheering. First place went to "It's Raining Men." Assumption Hall's Feral Cats (Alexandra Carroll, Geno Urbano, Noah O'Conner, Emily Stuffin, Bridget Hanna and Charlotte Logdson) took second place with "Johnny Be Goode," and Kelsey Haverson and Rian Singh took third place with "Don't Cha." The Student's Choice award went to Gabriella Forster's lip sync of of Shania Twain's "Man, I Feel Like a Woman."

The event was co-sponsored by the Lasallian Community, Campus Activities Board and the Residence Hall Association. Throughout the evening, the hosts talked about the schools that will benefit from the Lasallian Star Search fundraiser and raffle for De La Salle Week T-shirts. Each contestant selects a school to support with a monetary award. The Lasallian Community selected Saint Martin de Porres in Oakland; the Feral Cats selected St. Mary's Boys School in Kenya; and Kelsey and Rian selected De Marillac Academy.

Kelly Fisher '11

View a slide show of the event.

Watch a very funny video of the emcees performing "Islands in the Stream."

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