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A Cappella Fills HUB on State Patty’s Day

On a night many Penn Staters were stumbling down College Avenue dressed in green, music filled Alumni Hall in the HUB. The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinals played host to 10 ensembles, vying for the top two spots and a place in the semifinals. Now in it’s 16th year, the ICCAs attract hundreds of competitors from the North America and Western Europe. Competitors at Penn State included groups from as far away as Waterloo, Ontario and Buffalo, New York. Two Penn State ensembles, Shades of Blue and None of the Above, competed while Blue in the FACE served as hosts for the evening.

Around 600 people decided to spend the evening listening to some outstanding a cappella. At the end of the night, the 10 competitors were whittled down to three, with the top two advancing to the semifinals at Rutgers University. The Buffalo Chips, from the University of Buffalo, took home the top spot for their performances of recent chart toppers, “Gernade” by Bruno Mars, “Breakeven” by the Script, and “Lovers in Japan” by Coldplay. Penn State’s None of the Above took the #2 spot for their performances of “Firework” by Katy Perry, “Take On Me” by A-Ha, and a mashup of “Coming Home” by Diddy and U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name.”

The Buffalo Chips and None of the Above advance to the Mid-Atlantic Semifinals at Rutgers University on April 1. The winner of the Semifinals will compete in the finals at Lincoln Center in New York , NY.

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Chase Tralka is a Senior majoring in Information Sciences and Technology with a minor in Security and Risk Analysis. He is from Northern New Jersey and is involved in far too many organizations to list here. He enjoys photography, cycling, and listening to obscure free jazz music.


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