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Coffee shop hosts 'Open Mic Night'

Tuesday, February 5, 2008  
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By Kimberlee Rhodes

This past Thursday, Open Mic Night made a comeback on the Oklahoma Christian University campus. Drew Chancey, a junior, is helping to bring it back.

"College life dies after lunch and it should be picking up," Chancey said. "I think it's silly that the coffee shop closes at 5. We could be using it for so much more."

Junior Taylor Walling is one of the students who performed Thursday night.

"I play at Open Mic Night because I like to write and play music," Walling said. "It's just fun to jam and play for friends and for other people."

Derek Waugh, a 2005 graduate of Oklahoma Christian, remembers performing at the event.
"I performed at Open Mic Night because it was really the only outlet anyone had on campus," Waugh said. "It didn't really matter what skill level you were, you could actually play in front of a crowd."

On average, 2 people will perform their musical talents for the audience every Thursday night. Among several options on a Thursday night on campus, Open Mic Night offers a different type of atmosphere.

"Different consistent things going on [on campus] would be good," Chancey said. "Maybe good connections will be made."

Most nights will have performers who have scheduled to perform that night, but some nights will be different.

"We might have a night where 6 or 7 people get up there with shorter performances," Chancey said.

Mike Rhodes, a freshman counselor, is doing his part to help make Open Mic Night a success this year.

"I'll be opening the coffee shop for students to buy coffee," Rhodes said. "It helps create that music atmosphere that everyone loves to be apart of."

Like Waugh, Rhodes has fond memories of Open Mic Night.

"I'm helping because I remember how much fun Open Mic Night was when I was a student," Rhodes said. "I looked forward going to a fun atmosphere on campus to listen to some great music."

Several people hope Open Mic Night will be a huge success.

"Open Mic Night will impact the campus in many ways," Rhodes said. "This gives the students an opportunity to express their talent through music and poetry."

Students are excited as well.

"I would love to see Open Mic Night becoming an event that people come to regularly and are excited about being there," sophomore Wil Norton said. "I am thrilled to start an event that showcases OC's creative musical talents. There's really not anything like that right now at OC."

The event allows students to know about the talents of their fellow students.

"A few of the times for me I didn't know there was that many people that sang or played," said Waugh. "It was nice to get to meet some new people that played."

Open Mic Night started Jan. 31, and will be held every Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. in the Magic Bean Coffee Shop.

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