Monday, October 5, 2009

Shout-OFF! (and taking YouTube love to the next level)

I have long been a fan of the YouTube. It is a great time waster and there are a few gems out there. Like the wedding entrance dance that went so viral last summer it was shown on World News Tonight and all the babies dancing like Beyonce. Yup. Good times. But until recently I have only been a watcher, not a contributor. All that changed at the beginning of this semester.

Every year SCJ hosts a little competition we like to call "Shout-OFF!". Shout. OFF! Get it, get it. Yeah, well, maybe not. Anyway. Shout-OFF! is a competition between the six MBA1 sections. The challenge is to come up with two choreographed cheers (note Cheer is not made by SCJ ... it is made by P&G). Each section performs their first cheer in the middle of the U of M campus at 5pm on the first Thursday of classes. It turns into quite a spectacle. Based on those performances, two sections are chosen to face off in the final round.

How does this relate to YouTube you may ask. Well, this year I stopped by to watch the MBA1s make fools of themselves and happened to record the final performances. Which I will now be sharing with you (and the world) by way of YouTube. It occurs to me that these clips may not have the same impact on people who are not familiar with Ross or b-school. I hope this is not the case, but I acknowledge the potential. Please bear in mind that the performers contained in these videos are the future business leaders of the world. If any of them become well known during their career I hope that someone pulls up these clips. Because this is exactly the kind of thing that could come back to haunt you.

In the spirit of full disclosure. I participated in this event last year. I haven't seen video of it and I hope I never do.

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