Brown: In defense of Dudes

Congratulations to Dudes-A-Plenty on your third Step Sing Sweepstakes victory in a row. This is commendable, and you deserve it.

Now, to the people beleaguering you for winning. Most of the complaints issued against you have not been about your dancing, or your singing, or your theme. In fact, people enjoyed all of those, especially the judges. No, complaints center around the fact that you have already won two years in a row, and the swarming masses want a change. Not change because DAP has fallen from grace. Not change because any other particular group definitely outshone Dudes. No, opponents simply want change for change’s sake.

This is a dangerous wish. In his Meditations, Marcus Aurelius cautions, “Change: nothing inherently bad in the process, nothing inherently good in the result.” Wanting change for its own sake is somewhat pointless in this Stoic’s mind. A change for change’s sake seems, instead, to end with no actual change.

We have seen change made for change’s sake in politics as well. As we all know, President Obama’s 2008 campaign was based on the ideals of “Hope” and “Change.” Hmm. What changes have we really seen? The government is still in debt. The American public is still dissatisfied with Washington. And as with any president, campaign promises were still unfulfilled.

So, to everyone who wanted another group to win only so Dudes would lose and not gain their three-peat victory, I kindly ask you to reconsider your reasons. Find fault in their musical choices. Like another group’s show more. But do not want a change in a completely arbitrary competition simply for its own sake.

Like Johann Sebastian Bach said, “If it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it.”



Zach Brown is a sophomore history major from Franklin, Tenn. He can be reached at

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