Candlelit tables surrounded a simple stage in Stamps Courtyard for the first open mic night of the semester, presented by the Office of Community Life.
The event was from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 17 and included a myriad of performances.
Wanda’s offered $1 drinks, churros and fries to attendees. Hundreds of students gathered to show their support for friends and classmates.
“(Open Mic Nights) have grown so much that we now do them twice a semester,” said Merea Price, director of campus activities in Community Life. “Usually students perform acoustic and then we have lots of poets. Each student is able to pick their song of choice.”
Along with original poetry, students played song covers, medleys and original pieces. The event also had its first-ever beat box performance.
While some performances focused purely on Christian music, others did acoustic covers and original arrangements of popular pop songs by artists such as Adele, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Regina Spektor and more.
Connor Smith, accompanied by Eric Lee, performed his original song “Tattooed Heart,” along with a One Direction medley.
Performances were also not limited to English-language songs. Students also sang songs in Spanish and Chinese.
Monzaa Wilson, senior political science major, came to support her friend, Micah Valdez, who sung an acoustic version of “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys.
“That performance was by far my favorite,” Wilson said. “I didn’t plan to come originally (but) I’m definitely glad I did. This is my first one. Any time CBU has an event, it has a good turnout. People come out to support and they always put on a good show.”