They had begun to sing. The group’s sound didn’t glow like it does when singers hit the same pitch in unison. The sustained notes were awkward, as not every member could hit them.
It wasn’t pitch perfect. And it didn’t matter.
Outside the Juan Ramon Jiménez Room in Stamp Student Union on Monday evening hung a blue piece of paper with purple handwritten letters that read, “You Have Reached AWKAPELLA!”
Inside was a substantial spread: bottles of off-brand orange soda and cola, Lay’s potato chips, brownies and cookies. New members were scattered on chairs and on the floor.
“We started this group for anybody who likes to sing, regardless of how good you are,” said Shefali Shah, a junior biology and computer science major and one of Awkapella’s founders.