Christine Abraham

Laughs, tunes, poetry showcased at open mic

SAPB invites students to show talents in student center

By Christine Abraham

The Student Activities Planning Board hosted their annual Open Mic in the Student Community Center Tuesday, Oct. 2, granting students a platform to perform a variety of different acts, including comedy skits, music performances and poem recitations.

Don Phelps, director of Campus Life said he looks forward to the event because it gives students a platform to showcase their talent in front of their peers.

“Open mic gives students an opportunity to share their talents with other students in a really low-risk environment and the audience tends to be super supportive ,’’ Phelps said.  “I expect to see singers, and occasionally a comedian or poet..I’m always blown away by the talent of our students …We’ve had a couple of artists that have performed and gone on to tour. Some of our students have gone on to do great things.”

Jessica Fraser, the SAPB vice president, said there is  extensive preparation that goes into this event.

“This event took a lot of planning such as creating flyers, planning when and where the event will take place, advertising and recruiting volunteers,” Fraser said.

Amy Albin, a liberal arts major performed an original acapella song titled “Life to the Power of Song.”

“The song has been about two years in the making, on and off,” Albin said.  “It came to me at this pre-summer college program where I was really sad and overwhelmed … I just kept building on it and I finished it this past August.”

Albin said singing is a passion of hers and plans on attending the next Open Mic.

“Singing is something that I love to do and I haven’t had the opportunity to perform since high school,” Albin said.  “I wanted to show CCM the musical side of me. I’ve been singing ever since I could talk. After I sang, I had people coming up to me, telling me I did a good job. I definitely plan to perform in the next open mic.”

Besides Albin, there were several other musical performances. Alexa Metro, a broadcasting major performed a duet song with Emmanuel Fotinis, a music and liberal arts major singing “All I Ask of You”  from the musical Phantom of the Opera.

“Alexa and I put something together at the last second,” Fotinis said. “I hoped the audience liked it. I sang all the time in high school. I was in the choir program at Roxbury High School, and I finally learned to sing a lot better with my voice teacher here at CCM. If I’m available for future Open Mics, I’ll definitely give it a shot.”

Following Fotinis and Metro’s duet performance, Andreas Mathikolonis, a game development major, performed a comedy skit. His act received a lot of laughs, beginning with his first joke, that he had never been in a relationship but always seemed like he was going through the worst breakup. He satirized his film class, saying the class was an excuse for his professor to make his class watch his rejected resume.

The last performance of the event was Tay Mathews, reciting a poem that she wrote herself, titled “What Depression Means.”

As the crowd dispersed, Fraser said she was pleased with the number of students who attended the event.

“The event had a really good turnout,” Fraser said. “There were lots of people with lots of talents. I loved Amy’s song, Emmanuel and Alexa’s duet performance, Joilenni’s song and Andreas Mathikolonis’ comedy skit. This event brings a lot of the students together and they’re able to connect more. I really enjoyed this as my first Open Mic and hope to see lots of people at the next event.”