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UVic students get in synch

It was a challenge that couldn’t be refused.

BY JEANNE ARMSTRONG | SEP 13 2010

It was a challenge that couldn’t be refused. At least that’s what students at the University of Victoria decided when a school with a similar name had celebrities raving for their lip-synched pop song on YouTube.

It started last spring, when hundreds of students at Universitat de Vic in Spain were filmed dancing around campus as they mouthed the words to “Hey, Soul Sister” by the American band Train. Many held up signs that read “UVIC” (see photo above).

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton praised the video – more than 700,000 views so far – but he erroneously gave credit to Canada’s UVic. The mix-up gave UVic students an idea.

“Since we at the real UVic are much cooler than those students, we thought we may as well ‘one up them’… so to speak,” brags the Facebook group for the Canadian endeavor.

UVic students hope their version will win the Guinness World Record for largest video lip-synch participation – that would mean beating the Spanish UVIC record, which sits unofficially at 900. The video is set to be filmed this fall.

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