At times, meeting members of the opposite sex can prove a difficult task. To combat this trial, a group of men from Heritage Halls decided to prepare songs from Disney movies and sing them to the women in Heritage. What began as a goofy post-ward prayer activity became a thoroughly enjoyed tradition for both freshmen men and women in Heritage Halls.
Everything began about the middle of October. The men from one ward prepared a song for the women from their ward. The next week, the women prepared a song. This was followed by the men again. The next week, the women did not sing, but the men decided to keep the short tradition going and sang again. By the first week of November, the men decided to bring their songs to all the women in Heritage, choosing a different building each week.
Max Smith, a freshman from Cottonwood Heights planning to major in communications, was part of the singing group.
“We had to advertise ourselves to the girls in Heritage,” he said. “It worked. I know it’s kind of a cliche thing for freshmen boys to serenade women, but I think we pulled it off. I mean, every girl likes to be sung to.”
According to Smith, the 15 men who sang weekly had numerous dates which stemmed from the Sunday singing.
While the group of men who began the tradition kept it up weekly, they invited other men in Heritage to join the group.
“Our singing was kind of like the gospel,” Smith said. “All were invited.”
If men were in the women’s apartment, the group would invite the men to join in.
Matthew Maddix, another freshman from Heritage Halls who was part of the “Disney Singers,” said he enjoyed getting other people involved in the group.
“My favorite part about it was that it got a lot of guys to come and sing who normally wouldn’t,” he said. “It was a good camaraderie thing between everyone who participated.”
Maddix explained the process of singing to a given apartment. He said they had a specific list of songs they would sing.
“If the girls were good [receptive to the singing], we’d sing an encore of ‘Army of Helaman,’ ” he said.
Lindsey Howard, a freshman from King City, Calif., explained her apartment’s reaction to the singers.
“At first girls were mad because they were working on homework [when the men came],” she said.
The feelings of annoyance did not last long, she said.
“It ended up being a highlight of everyone’s week,” Howard said. “Their actions [with the songs] were so funny. They were actually good.”
Sarah Perkins, a freshman from Flower Mound, Texas, majoring in English, said she also enjoyed the performance of the group.
“It’s not so much talent as just fun,” she said. “It [the performance] was somewhere in between success and epic win.”