April 20, 2024

California Baptist University students gathered Feb. 27 to watch Open Mic Night hosted by Community Life in Lancer Plaza. 

The event featured students performing spoken word and singing covers or originals in groups, duos or solo. 

Jules Meeter, junior psychology major and Community Life activities intern, was one of two masters of ceremonies for the event and performed “Someone Like You” by Adele. Meeter encouraged students to come out to as many CBU events as they can.

“I enjoy seeing everyone come together and make relationships. I love it, and (I love) seeing people’s talent,” Meeter said. “There was spoken word tonight, some singing, guitar—some people are singing together. I love the community aspect; every event is so different.”

Students were able to enjoy free popcorn with a flavoring of their choice, as well as mocktails with silly straws provided by Community Life.

Todd Liddell, sophomore graphic design and Community Life activities intern, assisted at the snack table, greeting students who came to Open Mic Night. 

“(It) is super cool to see the variety of songs and performances. It is fun to see people who like to sing and see them expressing themselves to people outside of their friend group,” Liddell said. “I remember Open Mic Night as a freshman; it got me out of my dorm where I could meet a ton of people. It’s the sense of community that the events build.”

The event also featured a decorated stage with a colorful backdrop where students could perform in front of an audience. The tables around Lancer Plaza were decorated with records and flowers on each tabletop.

Isaiah Torres, sophomore film major, went to Open Mic Night for the first time and said he enjoyed the experience. He plans on going to more in the future and maybe even performing. Torris said he appreciates the opportunity for students to express themselves to everybody, not just their friend groups. 

“I love the vibe,” Torris said. “Everybody is having a good time and excited to watch these performers do their best. I got some cool snacks to go with it.”

The next Community Life event will be The Gathering on March 6. 

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