‘Ram Factor’ competition to showcase student talent

Sarah King
Staff Writer

VCU’s own rendition of “X Factor” will take place for the second year in a row on Wednesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. in the Commons Ballroom to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Ram Factor is a singing competition hosted by Alpha Kappa Lambda. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the foundation, which aims to fight the genetically inherited lung disease. Cory Garnett, senior biology major and one of the event founders, is looking forward to seeing a large crowd at the competition.

“There are 400 available tickets at $5 apiece available in breakpoint, so we’re hoping for a solid turnout,” Garnett said.

Auditions to compete in the event were held online and in-person from March 2-9. The online auditions were conducted through the Ram Factor Facebook page, where contestants could post videos. The 10 videos with the most likes made the show. Christopher Guzman, a contestant selected through the online process, said he was happy to be chosen for the event.

“I’m so ecstatic that I was chosen, and got as many votes as I did,” Guzman said. “I’m shooting for the $100.”

Live auditions were held and judged by members of the fraternity. Garnett said this year the event grew to accommodate more competitors.

“The Ram Factor committee decides who we think should be in the show,” Garnett said. “We have 18 competitors this year compared to last year when we only had 16.”

A panel made up of the Ram Factor committee will judge the show. The first place winner will receive $100; second place will receive $50; third place will receive $25. Tickets for Ram Factor are available for $5 at Breakpoint in the Commons.

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