'The Other Side' A Success

April 14, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. – More than 700 people turned up at the La Sells Stewart Center to cheer on their favorite Oregon State student-athletes in a different capacity than what they usually see them in for the “The Other Side” talent show and auction, hosted by the Oregon State Athletic Department and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) on Tuesday evening.


Representatives from all 17 intercollegiate teams performed routines ranging from comedy to dance to jump rope. And over $1,200 was raised for OSU Impact, a community based program that serves local children who are disabled and their families through movement activities. Dr. Jeff McCubbin of the College of Health & Human Sciences is the program Director. Many of Oregon State’s student-athletes major in Health & Human Sciences, Exercise & Sports Science, Pre-Therapy and Allied Health. They volunteer hours on Friday night working with these children.


Women’s crew and football won with perfect scores of 30, judged by Gabe Winkler of men’s crew, Dana Sorensen of softball and John Carney of gymnastics. SAAC committee members Robert Hannah of men’s crew and Katie Humm of women’s crew served as the night’s MC’s.


The night was dotted with a number of memorable acts. Volleyball’s dance was highlighted by sophomore Camille Saxton’s moves, while women’s golf showcased its possible talents in other sports. Freshmen Ally Kutz and Lea Cavestany from the softball team performed Justin Bieber’s song “Baby” with Kutz singing as Bieber and Cavestany as Ludacris, complete with Kutz jumping from the stage and mingling with the crowd.


Some teams did game shows like men’s golf did “Who’s Line is It Anyway?” and gymnastics involved the audience by pulling up participants to take part in “Minute to Win It” with sophomore Olivia Vivian serving as the host.


Men’s basketball reenacted commercials “Beaver Style’ in a video, and women’s soccer sang their own rendition to the song “Shots” by LMFAO. And wrestling performed the Chippindales skit from Saturday Night Live with redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum and sophomore Clayton Jack facing off. These were just some of the great acts by all of the teams from the event.


The Other Side began as a fundraiser to honor two very dedicated student-athletes who passed away during 2002; men's soccer players Stephen Hensor and Joe Zaher. Since then The Other Side has raised and donated money to local and national programs.


Silent auction items included Oregon State athletic gear, personal time with the student-athletes and specific skill building lessons donated by each intercollegiate program.


ABOUT OSU IMPACT -- IMPACT is a community based program that serves children with disabilities. At OSU about 80 children with varying disabilities come to campus each week to learn important movement skills and address ongoing concerns for healthy lifestyles. OSU student volunteers work as teachers-mentors to assist these children gaining new skills.


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