open mic

Laughs, tunes, poetry showcased at open mic

SAPB invites students to show talents in student center

By Christine Abraham
Contributor

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.”

Students demonstrate comedic, musical talents at open mic

By Katie Coyne
Contributor

Comedy

CCM student Nate Martucci performs stand-up comedy at CCM’s open mic.
PHOTO BY KATIE COYNE

Fifteen students had signed up for the event hosted by the Student Activities Programming Board.

The SAPB’s goal is to do one open mic day per semester and there is no charge for students to sign up.

“Everything here is free,” said SAPB treasurer Angela Galviz, a business administration major at CCM. “Any activity that SAPB does takes one or two dollars out of your tuition, so technically, you already paid for everything.”

Galviz said she was satisfied with the turnout.

“We actually have a pretty good turnout right now, so I’m pretty happy about that,” Galviz said.  “People are starting to show up for the acts.”

Galviz chose not to perform.

“I do not have talent,” Galviz said.  “I like playing sports.”

Broadcasting major Ethan Herzinger performed “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” by The Beatles. He has been playing guitar since seventh grade.

“It felt good because I wanna do these things but I’m at college, you know,” Herzinger said. “It’s always busy.  I have to keep up with work, so it’s great to do these kind of things.”

Nate Martucci, a business administration major in his third semester at CCM, performed comedy.

“I always liked comedy and stand-up comedy, things like that, so I decided I’d try to go up and try my hand at it,” Martucci said. “I think it was a really good way for everybody to kind of show what they think they are good at and show off their talents.”

Martucci accidentally knocked over the microphone when he took the stage, but his nerves did not stop him.

“I got nervous; I’ll be honest,” Martucci said. “It was my first time doing a comedy act in front of people.”

Chris Rock is one of Martucci’s favorite comedians.

“He’s one of my favorites just because of the way he delivers his material,” Martucci said.

Other students performed musical pieces with instruments such as the harmonica and keyboard. Some performed rap, blues, and jazz pieces.

Some students danced along to the rhythm of the music. Nachos and salsa were served in case students wanted something to munch on while enjoying the entertainment.