October 26, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 81, Issue 3

Students Gear Up For Open Mic Night

Shown are NU students performing at Open Mic Night last year.

Shown are NU students performing at Open Mic Night last year.

Do you want to see Niagara University students display their unique talents on stage? Open Mic Night provides an opportunity to do just that.
This Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m., NU will hold its 36th semi-annual Open Mic Night.  The event is one of the more popular student sponsored activities.  Bill Newton, the advisor for the Campus Programming Board since 2001, said, We usually fill Under the Taps with approximately 150-200 students.  
There is a total of $1,000 given away as prize money to contestants.  This money is a portion of the student services fee that all of the NU undergraduates pay every year. Newton encourages everyone to come out. Students have already paid for the event, so they should get their money's worth!
The judges this semester will be Brother Martin Schneider, Adriano Gatto from the Theatre Department, Bernadette Brennan from the Study Abroad and Student Outreach and Support Office, Kristina Schliesman from Campus Ministry and Jennifer Keifer from the philosophy department.  The criteria for judging candidates are originality, stage presence, technical merit, and audience response. There is also an overall rating of the performance.   
A veteran of Open Mic Night, student Vince Schiano said, The judging criteria and the judges are definitely fair, giving everyone an equal shot at the grand prize.
Schiano will perform for the third time, singing from the heart ¦ a piece of music that almost everyone can relate to.  
Besides performing at Open Mic Night, Schiano also enjoys being a spectator of all the original acts.
Sophomore Susannah Kushner will be performing for the first time and is keeping her act a secret. She did say, It's going to be hot ¦ . You won't even be able to handle it.


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