Happening Scene at MCTC Open Mic

By Gabe Hewitt/ghewitt@citycollegenews.com
Features Editor

This article ran in an October 2013 issue of City College News.
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Student Crystal Cohen (Photo: Colin Beachy/Student Life)

Student Life is inviting students to participate in an open mic coffeehouse event on November 5 at 12 p.m. in H.1002.

The department has been hosting these sessions periodically for a few years.  Originally, musicians and comedians were brought in from the community to perform and it was held in the T Skyway. When the construction of the Helland Center finished in 2012, Student Life Director Tara Martinez saw the opportunity to aim the sessions at student participation and was then moved to the Multipurpose Room in the building.

So far this year, there has been two sessions, and according to Leadership and Advising Coordinator Collin Beachy, they’ve been well attended. The first session featured several musical instructors performing together. While both sessions have featured musicians and poets, Beachy encourages students with any talent to participate.

“If you can juggle, come out and juggle,” he said.

Students are also encouraged to come and watch their peers perform while enjoying free pastries and coffee from Dunn Bros.

Martinez sees the sessions as a good way of connecting students with current clubs like the MCTC Choir and Spoken Word Club, whose members have participated.

“Open mic is a nice platform for people to speak about what’s on their mind,” Martinez said.

Students interested in participating can email Student.Life@minneapolis.edu with their talent and any accommodations they may need. They can also visit the Student Life desk in the Helland Center.

Both Martinez and Beachy hope to bring students together in a relaxing, laid back atmosphere.

Photo of Crystal Cohen’s performance by Gabe Hewitt

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