CAB wraps up the year with Open Mic Night

By William Watson
Staff Writer

The Campus Activity Board closed the curtain on this school year’s events as they hosted Open Mic Night on Thursday in the Argo Galley.

“The idea behind starting Open Mic Night was to give students a way to express their talents and various abilities in performing in front of a crowd, which includes their peers,” said Jericka Hunter, junior and CAB Hospitality Chair. “From singing, spoken word, to even playing an instrument, the talented students we have here at the university love to come out to enjoy a great night and expressing themselves through their creativity.

“One doesn’t have to be strategically talented to participate; just come hang out and enjoy the company of others,” she said. “We are very supportive of each participant.”

This is the second time the CAB has held an Open Mic Ni

ght. Refreshments were provided for attendees.

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The first performers were Rashad Holmes reciting a poem; AyeJay with his original song “She Bad”; and an acoustic cover of Maroon 5’s “This Love” by Julianne Curnin.

Curnin, sophomore biomedical sciences major, said, “It was invigorating. I haven’t performed on stage in a while and I loved it. Always come out and support the arts.”

Freshman AyeJay said, “When you’re up there, it’s either go hard or go home. Also, be looking out for my new album, ‘Ladies’ Man.’” Anyone wanting to hear more of his music can go to his SoundCloud channel: FAB_AyeJay.

The next performances were Jodye Joe singing a cover of “Blue Monies.” Next up, Larry Wells read a poem with harsh language. Wells provided a disclaimer and said, “This is a disclaimer for strong language and that I just wrote it yesterday. I hope it doesn’t sound stupid.” The message was so twisted, one of the hosts joked, “We have the Wellness Services on campus.”

Dontell Reshaun Curtis, freshman hospitality and tourism management major, performed

Khalid’s “Location.” “It was very exciting, and I really like to sing,” Curtis said. “My friends were here and they really enjoyed it. I think it was a great chance for everyone to hang out with their friends and hear all the cool talent.” As for why he chose to perform “Location,” he said, “I felt like it fit my personality as it is calm, and I feel it is still popular and that people still like it.”

The hosts announced the performances of DeAndre Marcellus, aka “Mr. Marcellus,” with his “So Gone Challenge” and Jared Watkins to sing with Jordyne Gatson on piano. Following them were Teremis Boykin, junior communications major, singing a cover of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” with a reprise from Marcellus.

The final act for the night was a cover by Gatson to sing John Legend’s “All of Me.”

Boykin said, “I love getting in front of people. I wish the campus was more outgoing, like back in the day. Everyone was more involved then. However, I love it. It’s like a drug to me. I love singing and I see a lot of people do it and I’m blown away. I just hope that CAB brings it to the next level next year.”

For some students, it was their first time to attend such an event.

Sofia Lopez, sophomore journalism major, said, “I don’t usually come to these. This is my first event on campus. Everyone was outgoing and I wish there were more people.”

This was the last CAB event for the semester. Hunter said, “We as a board are still in the process of creating our fall schedule and calendar.”

For more photos from the night, visit CAB’s Facebook page, UWF Campus Activity Board.

For more information on the CAB and its future, visit the official CAB page.