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By Katie Burke, Daily Staff Reporter
Published February 7, 2012
Denard Robinson in a nerd costume, live-action Angry Birds and numerous shirtless athletes are just a sampling of the spectacles that entertained audience members at the 14th annual Mock Rock Student Athlete Variety Show at Hill Auditorium last night.
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Mock Rock is an annual charity variety show held by the University Student-Athlete Advisory Council, in which varsity student-athletes and athletic staff members perform skits and dance numbers. This year, the event raised more than $85,000 for the Child and Family Life program at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Student-Athletes Leading Social Change and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County.
The first show took place in 1999 to commemorate University wrestler Jeff Reese after his death during season training and to raise money for a scholarship in his name.
“Community service is something we believe in strongly,” Athletic Director Dave Brandon said during the event.
ESPN anchorwoman Dana Jacobson, a University alum, emceed the show, and men’s soccer coach Chaka Daley, M Club President; Mary Petrovich, Laura Hoke, wife of head football coach Brady Hoke; and Max Merget, brain cancer survivor and former Mott patient, judged the performances.
The men’s and women’s track and field and cross-country teams were jointly awarded best performance by the judges with a dance sequence to the tunes of “Roses” by Outkast and “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé. The teams earned the only perfect score of the night and received high praise from the judges.
“(The performance was) so good I wonder if they spent any time in class,” Petrovich said during the judging.
The football team came together with the women’s volleyball team to perform a series of dances, songs and raps as punter Will Hagerup played electric guitar. One football player tried to win over the affections of Jacobson by holding her hand, but was unsuccessful.
Brady Hoke said, in jest, that he wished the same effort and talent that went into the rap performance would carry over to the team's practices.
In its skit, the men’s soccer team jokingly criticized other University teams, but the commentary was not well received.
“(The performance had) little left to be desired, it was risqué at times,” Daley said during the judging.
Daley attempted to improve his team’s performance by rapping for the crowd after his critiques and received loud applause.
The team won the “Better Luck Next Year” award, and the women’s water polo was recognized for raising the most money as a team for the event.
The University athletic trainers, members of the marching band, cheerleaders and the dance team also performed. Women’s swimming, women's soccer and women's rowing teams performed skits that highlighted the University’s athletic and academic qualities compared to other Big Ten universities.
The show left the crowd cheering and attendees were visibly excited to see student athletes perform on stage instead of the field.
Engineering junior Nick Berlage said he enjoyed the performance and found it to be one the most humorous he had seen in his time at the University.
“Having been to the last few, this year was definitely the funniest and had the best dance moves,” Berlage said.