Community Life hosts Open Mic event to showcase talent

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Students perform on stage, sing covers and originals

Every semester, Open Mic Night is held in the Community Life Lounge where students take the stage and express themselves through their talents in front of their peers. This semester’s Open Mic Night was Feb. 24.

Amber Shelton, sophomore business major, and events intern for Community Life, said the event allows students to showcase talents.

“We do things like Open Mic Night to allow students to utilize the talents God has given them and share them with the rest of campus,” Shelton said. “It builds community as people can meet each other during things like this and share their talents.”

Shelton planned the food and decorations and made sure the event flowed smoothly.

Jonathan Fraser, senior psychology major, had the microphone for his last time, performing a song he wrote that celebrated the life of his late mentor.

“I wanted to go out with a bang; I love doing this. I’ve been discouraged for the past couple months in terms of playing, so I thought if I come here tonight maybe I’ll get that fire going in me again,” Fraser said. “One of the most important things about being a person, especially in this day in age, is your identity and being able to express yourself.”

Sarah Hom, sophomore psychology major, performed “Closer” by The Chainsmokers with Jake Roque, senior business administration major.

“Open Mics are special because they give students the opportunity to share their talent with the student body–people’s voices, ability to play instruments and add their own twists to songs. I would say those are the things that make open mics special, to show hidden talents,” said Hom. “Performing at this Open Mic was definitely a highlight of my sophomore year.

A lot of people and some of my friends did not know I could sing so it was cool to be able to see and hear their reactions.”

Ian Lambooy, freshman marketing major, said he heard about Open Mic Night from his friends and enjoyed the atmosphere of the experience.

“I was really impressed. Some of the acts were off the hook,” Lambooy said.

The event included 16 performances, ranging in genres. Overall, the dimly lit and relaxed atmosphere was full of positivity toward those on stage, making the Community Life event a success for both audience members and performers.

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