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  • "Welcome to the Entertainment section. Here is where you can read about a variety of subjects, ranging from performances here on Western's campus to the hot topics in today's entertainment world. We write about dance performances, plays, acts performing in Rice Auditorium, and book and movie reviews as well."

    - Entertainment Editor, Amanda McMasters

Volume 14 Issue 19


Open Mic Night: Open to Talent

Erik McFarland|Freelancer

Western’s second “Open Mic Night” premiered Tuesday, May 6, in the Summit Room of Werner University Center.


From 6 to 730 p.m., the room was filled with singing, poetry and the light of the sun. The event, which was open to all students, offered a glimpse of the passions that drive much of Western’s student body.


For an hour and half, the room was filled with sunset light, singing, and poetry. Open to all students, the event offered a glimpse of the passions that drives much of Western’s student body.


The first performer, who didn’t give her name, played her guitar and sang original pieces that spoke of life, loss and a forbidden yet electrifyingly tempting love.


Next in line were two roommates, senior Barbara Ketchum, and junior Hailee Parker. With Ketchum on ukulele, the duo sang a melodic duet, covering Plain White T’s endearing song “1, 2, 3, 4.”


Following their act was another pair, senior Heather Worthing and freshman and Shelby Worthing. As Worthing played the ukulele, they sang a harmonious cover of Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am.”


Junior Jen Brummet, shared a poem about a small bee’s discovery of true love. The bee, who the audience later found out was Brummet herself, finally found a truly caring love in the support and sympathy of her friends.


Junior Sean Fujinaga, sang two country songs, “Amarillo by Morning” by George Strait and “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker, with a bit of a Hawaiian flair.


Jo Bruno, a senior, shocked the audience with a candidly uncensored and unapologetic spoken word poem about self-discovery in a rough and not-so-innocent life, titled, “#ACupOfJoBruno.”


Brandon Sherrard, a senior, finished off the performances with three, very personal poems about drunk driving, relationships and gender roles.


Another, possibly lesser-known, show of talent was of the two women who organized and pulled off the whole event: Cheyenne Standing-Elk, historian of student activities, and Kara Kelsey, a generous volunteer. They ended the night with an announcement about available positions in the ASWOU student body and encouraged students to apply.


Appearing only for the second time on Western’s campus, Open Mic Night was a marked success.


“There’s such a variety of students, it’s really cool,” said Nathan Stark, a freshman who attended the performances.


 “I thought everyone did really well,” Kelsey said. “We hope to have [an Open Mic night] on the first Tuesday of every month.”


Open Mic Night is open to any and all Western students who want to sing a song, recite a bit of original poetry or just want to make people laugh with some stand-up comedy. With the Wolf Grill serving tea, coffee and food, it is the perfect place to explore and share a bit of passion and inspiration.