BC Open Mic NIght By Emily Sears | January 25, 2011 | RSS An eclectic blend of music, poetry, and speeches filled the SAC for the Open Mic Night on Jan. 17. Sponsored by the Residence Life staff, this was the second open mic session for the year. The first one happened last semester and was a big success. So, Res Life decided to host a second one. More people attended the second than the first. “You don’t realize how talented some of the people on campus are until you go to an open mic,” said Celia Jones, a junior from Brookneal, Va. Students who participated performed in a variety of ways. Some of the performances included Chris Keller who performed two classic country songs including David Allan Coe’s “You Never Even Called Me by My Name.” A new band called Hope for Yesterday, which includes members Shawn Howell, Chris Keller, Grant Thomas, and Josh King, performed two original songs. Jackie Boyer performed a Barlow Girl song while playing an acoustic guitar. Hannah Burgess sang “Waking Up in Vegas” a cappella. Lydia Freeman read two original poems. Codey Smith performed an original stand-up comedy act. Also, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Eugene Fitzgerald read the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. After all of the performances were completed, slips of paper were handed out to the crowd in order for everyone to vote for one act as a winner. Coming in first place was Derek “Schwetty” Wright and Jonathan Penn with an original rapping act. Second place was Grant Thomas and Becca Alamazar with their version of “Hallelujah.” Third place was a tie between Hope for Yesterday and Eugene Fitzgerald. “It is so amazing to see the talent that this school has,” said Devon Matthews, the RA who organized the event. “It was easy to set this up because everyone is ready to perform. They already have the talent and that’s the hard part.” Anyone is allowed to perform at the Open Mic nights. If you missed this one, check out the Kappa’s talent show on March 17 for your opportunity to be a rock star, comedian, writer, or whatever else you can do.