Open mic with a cause: UPC joins with Beat Bama Food Drive
by Alethia Russell | Intrigue Writer
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Dave Johnson plays guitar at UPC's Open Mic Night in the Student Center. (Emily Enfinger | Assistant Photo Editor)
Dave Johnson plays guitar at UPC's Open Mic Night in the Student Center. (Emily Enfinger | Assistant Photo Editor)
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UPC drew in a full house in the Starbucks lobby for its Open Mic Night in conjunction with the Beat Bama Food Drive Tuesday night. More than 50 students gathered to hear guitarists, vocalist, spoken word and self-expression of all types from about 20 artists. Tonight’s Open Mic Night gave students the opportunity to turn in canned food items in support of the food drive benefiting the East Alabama Food Bank while simultaneously enjoying covers of artists like Sam Smith and Carrie Underwood sung by their peers. The UPC hosts open mic nights every third Tuesday per month, averaging around three per semester. “They’re basically a chill event where people can come out and showcase their talent,” said Catherine Scibetta, Director of Fine Arts for UPC. “I mean we have a range of everything from people who play guitar, spoken word, people who do comedy. It’s just a place where people can express themselves to an accepting audience.” The open mic night is what Scibetta called a “free for all”. Students can just walk up, sign in and go no matter the talent, or time or level of expertise like in the case of Tony Gomez, a senior in building science. Gomez said he started performing at the open mic nights his sophomore year when he first arrived to Auburn. “I used to do this every time but this past year I kind of stopped,” Gomez said. “I figured I would ignite that again. It’s my first time being back in like a year. I like the setting, the kind of coffee house feel where not everyone has their eyes on you. They’re sort of talking amongst themselves. It’s kind of what draws me here toward the more acoustic setting, because that’s what I play.” The event was just as much for the crowd as it is for the artists and an opportunity to give back to the community. Jordan Patton, a sophomore in Psychology said she is a regular at open mic nights. “I like music and I didn’t have anything else to do so I came to see what this is about,” Patton said. “I wouldn’t expect the typical open mic night to be as bright, but it’s still nice. If I had the time I would definitely do this.”
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Emily Jay from Tri Delta wins Miss Greek Week 2014. (Kenny Moss | Photographer)
Emily Jay from Tri Delta wins Miss Greek Week 2014. (Kenny Moss | Photographer)
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Dave Johnson plays guitar at UPC's Open Mic Night in the Student Center. (Emily Enfinger | Assistant Photo Editor)
Dave Johnson plays guitar at UPC's Open Mic Night in the Student Center. (Emily Enfinger | Assistant Photo Editor)
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Miss Greek Week 2014 takes the stage
by Kristie Martins l Campus Writer
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Emily Jay from Tri Delta wins Miss Greek Week 2014. (Kenny Moss | Photographer)
Emily Jay from Tri Delta wins Miss Greek Week 2014. (Kenny Moss | Photographer)
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The stomping of feet, hissing of shakers and echoing shouts of fans resonated through the drumming of music, but the Auburn Tigers were not on the field. The ladies of Auburn University were on the runway. Eighteen of Auburn’s different Panhellenic sororities gathered together on Wednesday night, Oct. 21 to see their sororities’ representative compete in the 2014 Miss Greek Week Pageant. Jillian Koch, junior in apparel merchandising and Sigma Kappa member, is close friends with Carly Galbraith, the sorority’s representative. Koch touched on Galbraith’s unique character. “She’s really outgoing and has a different personality,” Koch said. “She’s not your typical pageant girl, but she’s really nice and cares about other people.” The girls supported their representative with posters, sorority t-shirts, colored shakers and lots of cheer. With an atmosphere that shook the room, the contestants shook the stage through the game day wear and evening wear modeling. Following the modeling, each contestant then answered an onstage question pertaining to a unique aspect of Auburn life or her personal life. A panel of judges critiqued each lady’s performance on stage as well as their on-campus interview from earlier in the day to decide which contestant would be crowned Miss Greek Week 2014. At the end of the night, the judges came to a consensus to ultimately give Emily Jay from Tri Delta the title of Auburn’s 2014 Miss Greek Week. Faith Woodruff-Blinn, senior in social science secondary education and member of tri delta, was very proud of Jay’s performance. “She’s so charismatic and genuine, and you can tell by every move she makes,” Woodruff-Blinn said. Woodruff-Blinn believes that those were some key factors in Jay’s success. “It’s just exciting. It was nice to see another award come our way and have our member shine.”

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