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By Alecia Sexton

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The Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) held its annual Media Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 7 at the Woodbury Country Club. The formal gathering attracted more than 250 representatives across Long Island, and the award finalists came from organizations ranging from Newsday and News12 Long Island to novice reporters from Patchogue-Medford High School. The night commended the art of news reporting and the relationship between the individual and his pen – or in modern society, his computer.

The Pioneer had a successful night, winning four awards in three different categories. Jada Butler, news editor and co-managing editor, who couldn’t attend the ceremony, won second place for the “Student Journalism: College Newspaper Reporter” category.

Butler contributed her success to those who shared their truths with her and allowed her to share their stories.

Anand Venigalla, the assistant features editor, won first place in the “Student Journalism Narrative – Feature story” category for his story “Professor David Hinchliffe Creatively Explores His Recovery from Childhood Abuse.” Ashley Bowden, the arts & entertainment editor and co-managing editor, won second place in the same category for her story “Broadway Dancer Joins Dance Faculty.”

L-R: Anand Venigalla, Caroline Ryan, and Alecia Sexton were in attendance for the 2018 Media Awards.

Bowden, who also could not make the ceremony, said she is extremely proud of The Pioneer and its success.

Along with individual staff members being honored, The Pioneer newspaper and staff won second place for “Best College Newspaper” on Long Island. Competing against institutions like Stony Brook, Adelphi and Hofstra, this award solidified The Pioneer as being a paper of integrity and versatility while delivering accurate and reliable news. The award was accepted by Caroline Ryan, recent Post graduate and editor-in-chief of The Pioneer.

Bowden and Butler will be co-editor-in-chiefs of The Pioneer in the fall, and Venigalla will assume the position of features editor.

The dinner concluded with remarks from Harvey Aronson, 89-year-old novelist, former Newsday Editor and current journalism professor at Stony Brook University. Harvey was inducted into the Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame this year and is eager to continue teaching “the students that [he] loves so much.”

Aronson spoke about the lessons he learned about life, love and of course, writing. He also gave tribute to his wife, Irene Virag, who had worked under him at Newsday. His last words touched many guests, and are relatable to anyone who has had the pleasure of writing from the heart.

“There’s nothing more beautiful in life than a sentence where all the words blend and dance together as if they were made for each other – that’s true journalism.”


By Jazlyn Beltre

The citizens of New York will be introduced to a new voting system on election day this year. Although according to the Board of Elections, the new voting system is as simple as 1-2-3, questions have arisen concerning the new systems integrity.

Why the change? According to the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), that was passed in October 2002 by Congress, it is required that all States implement voting systems that produce a permanent paper record which can be used in case of a recount. This was done in order to improve some flaws seen in the election of 2000, according to EAC.gov, which is the website for the United States Election Assistance Commission. The lever machines were replaced by this system in all poll sites beginning in 2010.

On Election Day, voters will be greeted by poll workers to help with the new paper ballot system. What is it? According to VoteTheNewWayNY.com, a website certified by the Board of Elections, we will now be using paper ballots.Voters will be given these ballots by poll workers. The website describes voting in three simple steps. First, get your ballot. Second, mark your ballot. And third, scan your ballot. “The scanner then tabulates the votes after the polls close on Election Day. This poll site voting system provides a verifiable paper record and allows all voters, including voters with disabilities, to vote privately and independently at their poll site,” according to the same website. But there are a few steps in between that can further help voters new to the system.

According to the instructional video on VoteTheNewWayNY.com, we will be given a paper ballot and be moved to the privacy booth. Essentially, it is a desk with three long boards rising from it, in order to prevent others from seeing your ballot. You will have to use a pen to mark your choices, a familiar system for college students since the ballots layout is similar to scantrons, except you will not need a number two pencil to vote. Like scantrons, it is important you fill in the bubble for your candidate. Putting an X or a check or circle the bubble next to your candidate’s name, or making stray marks on the paper will result in your ballot not being counted, since the scanner would not be able to identify your choice. If you would like to make a change to your ballot, it is best you request another; voters can request up to three ballots if they make mistakes. Magnifying sheets are also available at each booth to help voters better view the text of the ballot. Privacy sleeves, which is a folder to place your ballot in for privacy, are also provided to shield your ballot after you have marked it.

There are also Ballot Marking Devices (BMD) for voters who may need assistance. There are two ways for voters to access the BMD and that is by viewing it on the screen or listening to it. There is a touch screen, sip and puff device, key bad; also in braille, and a rocker paddle device to help voters that may not be able to mark their ballot otherwise.

The third step is scanning your paper ballot into the scanner. It is recommended that only the voter, and not the poll worker, enters the ballot into the scanner. It is also important for the voter not to rip or fold his ballot before entering it into the scanner, or it would not be read. But, any way you insert your ballot, it will be read by the scanner, if properly filled out. Then the voter can go on with his day.

But, there are a few gaffes in this new voting system. On the website, they answer the question, “What if I mark more choices for one contest than I am supposed to?” The answer is simple. You can ask for your ballot to be returned to you and you can request a new one to complete, or the scanning screen will ask you if you would like to leave your ballot “as is.” If the voter decides to leave their ballot “as is,” than the scanner will stay with the ballot, but your vote will not be counted.

This is a major flaw, since voters with poor eyesight or even healthy voters, can mistakenly press the “as is” option, without knowing their vote will not be counted. Especially since making a mistake won’t be such a challenge, since the font on the ballots are so small, candidates’ names could be hard to see, which is another flaw of the system. According to a September 17 article in the New York Times, “Voters Annoyed by Hard-To-Read Ballots” by Michael M. Grynbaumon, “Voters….were handed ballots with candidates’ names printed in an eye-straining 7-point type, akin to the ingredient list on the side of a cereal box.” Grynbaum also described that some voters questioned why the instructions on the ballot were displayed in larger and clearer fonts than the names of the candidates and the offices they were running for.

But, it seems as if using the BMD may be easier than filling out ones own ballot by hand. After the voter selects his option on the BMD, his candidate will be highlighted in yellow, and he even has the choice of writing in his candidate’s name. After the voter has reviewed his selections, he can click ‘Mark Ballot.’ Then HIS ballot would be printed and a poll worker can assist him in scanning the printed ballot if needed.

A major problem that has not been widely publicized as the election approaches, is who owns the new scanner machines that will be used to decide our new President? A 2009 CBS article “Can Voting Machines be Trusted?” by Joel Roberts stated that it may not be a coincidence that the softwares being used in this election by Diebold, Sequoia and Electronic Systems and Software, are all owned by Republican contributors. The problem with this is that there may be loopholes associated with this new electronic system. According to the same article, Roberts stated that there are rumors that these companies are capable of doing ‘dirty tricks’ by “using computer software purchased under proprietary contracts that make it illegal to examine the equipment, votes for Democrats are lost, changed or disqualified.” This is an issue because it could put a President in office based on false ballots, swing electoral colleges, and rob the people of their constitutional right to choose who they want in the oval office.

Recently, FreePress.org has addressed this issue as well. According to an article published a few days ago, on October 12 “Will H.I.G.-owned e-voting machines give Romney the White House?” by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman stated that “Electronic voting machines owned by Mitt Romney’s business buddies and set to count the votes in Cincinnati could decide the 2012 election.” According to their article, it was the alleged manipulation of electronic voting that won George W. Bush his second term in 2004.

The votes of New Yorkers will be tallied by the Poll Site Voting System also known as PVS. “A Poll site Voting System (PVS) is a portable electronic voting system that uses an optical scanner to read marked paper ballots and tally the results. This system allows for paper ballots to be immediately tabulated at your poll site,” according to VoteTheNewWayNY.com. To learn more about the new polling system before Election Day, visit http://www.votethenewwayny.com/en/community-outreach/learning-center.aspx where you can choose a center to vist near you, where trained staff will be available to walk you through the new process.


Ryan Derham is a wide receiver for the LIU Post football team. Last season he played in all 11 games of the season and started in one of them. This season, he has 13 catches for 218 yards and three touchdowns. To open up the 2012 season, Derham had a touchdown reception in each of the first three games of the season.

Q: What was your personal best moment (career highlight) as a member of the Pioneers?

A: My personal best career highlight was probably during a big game my junior year against the #2 ranked team in the nation at the time, Bloomsburg University, in a foot or more of snow catching my first career touchdown for about 30 yards, and I’m pretty sure I started my first game as well. It just created a great vibe and confidence for the rest of the season, it also put trust in my coaches that I can help my team win.

Q: What was the most memorable game you were a part of as a member of LIU?

A: My most memorable game at LIU Post had to again be my junior year beating the #2 Bloomsburg University. We had no one that believed in us to win, we were the total underdog, plus we are a spread passing team which is supposed to be very hard to do in a foot or two of snow. Especially against a team who was supposedly a great running team offensively. We stopped their running attack and passed the ball in the snow just as good as if it wasn’t even snowing. To be a part of that and contributing a decent amount is a great feeling and memory to this day.

Q: What has being a Pioneer meant to you?

A: What being a Pioneer means to me is just holding yourself accountable for your actions, good or bad while creating a bond between students and athletes to exemplify Post Pride.

Q: What are you going to miss most about LIU Post?

A: What I’ll miss about LIU Post is the great people I’ve met and been lucky enough to become friends with. There are so many good memories that have gone on either on the football field, in the dorms, or going out with all your friends from Post. Just going to miss the great learning experiences you come across as I’ve grown from a freshman to a senior. I don’t want to say I’ll miss the people I’ve met here and became friends with because I truly hope to stay friends with mostly all of them even out of college. I’m going to miss the brotherhood, the team, the sacrifice given everyday to achieve a certain goal, and the relationships created with good people that I may no longer see.

Q: If you could be a part of any NFL team who would it be with and why?

A: The NFL team I’d like to be a part of is the New York Giants just because Eli [Manning] is such a clutch player and leader and you don’t really get anything better than being in NYC.

Q: What do you hope to do in the future after this season?

A: What I hope for in the future is finishing school getting my bachelors in Business Management, as well as do more and more social networking meeting more and more people. I’d like to start great internships, getting my masters which everyone needs nowadays to get a good job. I want to create successful opportunities for myself and other people around me earning respect with any move I make. In addition to staying healthy, I want to provide for my family and maybe meet a nice girl on the way.

Q: Most memorable quote/best piece of advice you’ve heard while being a member of the Pioneers?

A: Best advice I’ve been given and understood as being a Pioneer is just be real with what you do and say. Honesty may be harsh at first but the other genuine people in the end will fully respect you for doing so. Also, don’t hold back your emotion in anything competitive in life and strive for the best. Don’t let anyone embarrass you or your family.


By Jazlyn Beltre

There were over 51 million viewers watching the Vice Presidential debate in early October. According to an October 12th article in the Los Angeles Times, “Nielsen: 51.4 million people watched Joe Biden-Paul Ryan debate” by Meg James, how can one not think that the debates strongly impact the voters of our nation, especially when social media is overflowing with public opinion. The debates give Americans an opportunity to compare and contrast the candidates, their policies and styles, by listening or watching on T.V. It is also a chance to see how our leader deals with pressure and conflict, which are important things to consider when voting.

Yet, despite the apparent interest, according to various studies, debates do not make or break the elections. According to the Washington Monthly, in his article “Do Presidential Debates Really Matter?”, John Sides states that “Scholars who have looked most carefully at the data have found that, when it comes to shifting enough votes to decide the outcome of the election, presidential debates have rarely, if ever, mattered.” The effect of the debates on eventual votes are likely mild, and, in most cases, nonexistent.

Journalism major Dorianna Valerio, does not believe that the debates can have a significant impact on the elections, yet she still follows the Presidential debates. “I believe the debates are useful in showing character. You get to see how each candidate acts and you get a sense of what they are about.” said Valerio. But, she also believes that the debates can be difficult for Americans to decipher. “I think the debates are useful in keeping Americans educated in general. However, I believe watching the debates can be overwhelming; as you try to separate truth from embellishment.”

But, how so if immediately after the first Presidential debate, polls indicated that President Obama’s lead began to decline? “Analysts criticized Obama for a weak performance, and Romney has since seen a bump in the polls among likely voters,” according to the James article in The Los Angeles Times. Also, even though Biden was seen as the victor in the Vice Presidential debate against Paul Ryan, according to an article in Reuters, “Fiery Biden sets stage for Obama recovery attempt,” by Patricia Zengerle on October 12, pollster Julia Clark said, “Vice presidential debates don’t change electoral outcomes, but it may have done a little bit to stem the tide.”

Yecenia Tapia, a Senior and Child Education major believes the debates are still very important to watch. “It’s a way for people to get to know their politicians a little more” she said. Tapia will be voting on November 6. Ashley Abney, Vice President of the NAACP club on campus and senior Public Relations major, watched the first presidential debate and half of the vice presidential debate. “I believe the Presidential debate has way more impact on the country,” says Abney. “because you’re hearing from the future head of state.” She also believes they are important because, “You see how they [the presidential candidates] respond to questions with details about their platform,” she states. “And how they interact with their competition.”

Even though political scientists claim that the debates do little for the election, it does not mean that they are no longer important to watch. Because, what effects do exist are most likely caused by factors beyond the content of the debates, like media coverage and the candidates’ appearance, according to an October 3rd article in the Washington Post “Do presidential debates usually matter? Political scientists say no” by Dylan Matthews. It is for this reason that the debates are important to watch, so we are not as easily persuaded by the media to lean towards the side of a candidate without being fully informed of all the issues.

Election Day is on Tuesday November 6. Vote 2012.


By Eirik Bjorno

The women’s soccer team held the top seed in the East Coast Conference going into the playoffs. But the Pioneers fell to the number four seed, Dowling College, in the semifinal on Friday, November 2 at Golden Lion Field, Brookhaven, relocated due to Hurricane Sandy.

The women’s soccer team had a great season , and claimed the number one spot in the conference, and earned the right to host the ECC Playoffs. Due to Hurricane Sandy, the soccer fields at LIU Post were not in good enough shape for the tournament to be played at the Pioneers’ home field, and the back up plan, both for the men and the women’s soccer teams, was to choose Golden Lion Field, at Dowling College as their home field for the playoffs.

The Golden Lions used 17 minutes to put the first ball behind senior goalkeeper Nicole Fierro, as Alexandria Abruzzo headed a corner kick into the left corner. Dowling continued to pressure the Pioneers, and doubled the lead after 39 minutes when Lindsey Thompson broke away from the Pioneers defense and scored from 15 yards out. Neither teams managed to score again before halftime, and Dowling went into half-time with a solid 2-0 lead.

The Pioneers gained momentum right from the get-go in the second half, when freshman Susanne Vistnes scored her 19th goal of the season only 2 minutes into the half. Vistnes brought the ball down inside the box, and scored with a clinical finish into the lower left corner.

Dowling played good defense to deny the Pioneers another proper shot on goal, as they won the game 2-1, outshooting the Pioneers 19-10.

Vistnes was devastated after the loss: “I’m really disappointed. We worked hard and tried our best, but today it was not really good enough. I really wanted to reach the conference championship game,” said Vistnes.


To the Editors:

This Wednesday I picked up the latest issue of The Pioneer and to my surprise, I was presented with a refined and improved layout. As a weekly reader of The Pioneer, I have to say I absolutely love the new look, especially the new masthead. I find it simpler and more relevant for a student newspaper. I also noticed the addition of weather, a Top 10 Billboard chart, and box office results to the paper. These are the features students care about. Keep up the positive changes!

I look forward to reading future issues of The Pioneer and seeing our student newspaper evolve into a better and more informative piece of journalism.


Bernie Fabig
’13 Public Relations Student


By Cristina Foglietta

Imagine a day with no running water in the shower. This happened on October 15, when a pipe burst at approximately 9:30 a.m. in Post Residence Hall, and was leaking in the HEOP computer lab. Post Hall consists of both the residence hall, the first three floors and offices, in the basement, including the Higher Education Opportunity Program. The Facilities Department responded by shutting down the water in the entire building, including both the dorms and offices.

The water was turned back on that night, but it was cold. “I was being tutored [in the HEOP lab] and there was a sound like a shower was being turned on, drops of water came down from the ceiling and about a minute later it was like a waterfall,” said Yisselis Ottenwalder, a junior Speech Pathology major, who goes to the HEOP building every Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Ottenwalder said the water was coming down from three tiles on the ceiling. She and her tutor moved right away because they and their belongings were getting wet. They went into another room nearby to finish their session, but she said that water was coming down like a stream in the entire building. “I never witnessed anything like this before,” said Ottenwalder.

“Tutoring was going on, there was a leak, minutes later we found it was gushing like Niagara Falls – and it was hot water,” said William Clyde, Jr., Director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) Office. There was a stream of water coming down from the ceiling to the entrance of the basement of the building for half an hour, said Clyde. He said you had to roll up your pants to avoid getting wet. The lobby of the International Student Services offices and the entrance of Post were soaked. “Facilities were here in a heartbeat to fix the problem,” he said. They soaked up the water with three wet vacuums, found the source of the leak and shut it down, said Clyde. He said the leak in the pipe was caused by an overflow in the heating-cooling system. There was a leak in the HEOP office six years ago from a different source of water, Clyde said.

Due to the leak, the HEOP computer lab was not fully functional on October 15. This lab is for all students on campus, but mainly for students in the HEOP program. “There was a little disruption for the day; with tutoring students and other students not being able to print,” said Clyde. He said he is thankful it didn’t happen at night, then everything in the office would have been ruined. Facilities fixed the ceiling by replacing the tiles the next day. He said the Facilities Department takes pride in their work. “If you go in the computer lab now, you can’t tell that there was a problem,” Clyde said.

Many residents in Post Hall were inconvenienced with no running water in the showers during the day. As a Post Hall resident, the incident made me feel uncomfortable all day. The water actually got shut off while I was in the shower with conditioner in my hair, unaware of the situation. Many others had a negative experience. “It was terrible, I had to pack up all my shower stuff and go to Riggs. I had to wait to get in there to shower because I don’t know people in other buildings,” said a student who did not wish to give his name. Several others agreed that they were inconvenienced. “It was after lacrosse practice, there was cold water in the showers, I took one anyway,” said Katie Ventrella, a freshman Accounting major. Others were forced to take a cold shower as well. “Better to take a cold shower after practice than smell,” said Jessica Marsh, a sophomore Math Education major.

Some Post Hall residents, though, were not affected by the incident. “I took my shower the night before; I was gone all day,” said Cathleen Joseph a senior Digital Art and Design major. “It didn’t affect me; I was in class while it happened. I came back at the end of the day and it was back on,” said Veronica Hemmimger, a junior Criminal Justice major.

Clyde said he knows it was inconvenient for residents of Post Hall, but knowledge has been gained from this incident. “Two lessons have been learned, the value of water, hot water when we take a shower and wanting water to flow freely but not in places where we didn’t expect it-in the ceiling,” said Clyde. The Facilities Department is trying their best to prevent future problems. “The gentlemen who worked on it said they took care of the pipes in the ceiling and we shouldn’t have a problem again,” said Clyde.


By Amanda Bernocco

Joe Alvarez, freshman voice major, won Post’s Got Talent October 18 for singing classical song “Because We Believe” by Andrea Bocelli. He has never received a vocal lesson in his life until last month.

Alvarez taught himself the song at his home in Schodack, N.Y.. He always enjoyed classical music, which was first introduced to him by his mom.

“I grew up listening to Pamaradi. His voice alone inspired me to be a classical singer,” Alvarez said.

He spent a week preparing for Post’s Got Talent in between classes and work at the farm on campus. It’s not easy for him to keep up with his schedule of practicing for 30 to 60 minutes a day. “Oh god it’s hard,” Alvarez says as he thinks about it.

When it comes to performing, Alvarez only gets nervous before he gets on stage. He was nervous before Post’s Got Talent because he didn’t know what to expect from the competition. However, once he steps on stage all his nerves go away.

“I was kind of at peace…being on stage is comfortable and relaxing to me,” Alvarez said.

He said that he was happy with his performance; although, he felt that a few other people did better than him when he was watching his competitors.

“I was so excited. I never really won anything like that before. It was cool; I was excited! I was excited to sing at pep rally,” Alvarez said.

As winner of Post’s Got Talent, he won $100, a trophy and a chance to sing at pep rally. “There was a lot more people at pep rally. I was more nervous singing at Post’s Got Talent than pep rally because I was being judged and competing for something,” he said.

At pep rally Alvarez got a standing ovation, which made him really happy. After pep rally people began coming up to him in Winnick and telling him how much they enjoyed his performance.

“At some points it made me speechless; it was the biggest audience I ever sang in front of. I didn’t expect to get that reaction from the pep rally. In my opinion, college crowds are hardest to please,” Alvarez said.

He wasn’t sure how it would be singing a classical song in front of college students at pep rally. He was glad he was singing the song that he did because it’s about looking up at the sky and believing, which he felt fit well with the event. Alvarez was just nervous because classic music isn’t as popular as other genres are with college students.

“I think it’s [classical music] a dying art form and not many people pay attention to it. I don’t think it catches the attention of younger audiences. When I sang classical music at my [high] school people would jokingly make fun of it. They can’t understand what it is,” he said.

Alvarez started singing in his freshmen year of high school, where he joined the chorus. His teacher noticed his talent and began giving him solos and told him to go to NYSSMA, where his voice could be critiqued by judges. Both times he went he scored a 99.

His teacher continued to influence him to pursue a career using his voice. “She told me that I had a gift. I worked really hard through high school to make my voice better; they didn’t offer lessons and I couldn’t afford it,” Alvarez said. He explains that it isn’t easy to learn to sing without lessons, especially classical music.

He left on October 25 to go to Orlando, Florida with the church choir from Post this week to sing at a retreat for priests. He is continuing to develop his voice through music classes and by getting vocal lessons from Neal Harrelson, adjunct professor. Harrelson has been teaching Alvarez to control his voice better so he can hit higher notes with ease.


By Victoria Esteve

LIU Post hosted a blood drive on October 23 and 24 for the New York Blood Center in Hillwood from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. The drive provided food and t-shirts for those who donated a pint of blood in what they designated as the canteen area so students were able to replenish right away.

“The need for blood is there because it is used daily,” said account manager, Michelle McCaffrey. According to McCaffrey, it takes about 45 minutes to give blood and the donation gets sent to local hospitals that are in need of the supply. “The hospitals use around 2,000 pints a day. Only 2% of the population actually donates, so that presents a challenge.”

The organization’s goal for those two days was to have 250 people donate. According to one of the representatives, the turnout was “pretty strong”.

“I have an O blood type, which is universal. I’m used to donating every year for 4 years now… It’s just blood,” Leslie Zuriti, a senior Criminal Justice major, commented after just donating.

“This is my second time giving blood,” added Lauren Malesky, an undecided freshman. “It’s important because it could be you that needs that blood… you never know.”

For one of the volunteers that helped out with the blood drive, the importance of these donations really hit home. “I had a heart operation in which I lost a lot of blood,” said Rolf Adams, a retired teacher who decided to give his time to help out with the event. “I needed 12 bags of palettes for the blood clotting. I got 8 bags from my family but the other 4 were from strangers that donated… It’s good to donate because last I heard it’s nice to help people.”

Along with taking blood donations, palettes and white blood cell donations were also taken for those who are in need. Be the Match was also present to recruit those who wanted to register to donate bone marrow. “We look for these sorts of diverse colleges because of the 9 million people on our donor list, 26% are minorities and that may be the hardest to match,” explained Jair Thompson, the recruitment supervisor for New York Bone Marrow Department. “We need to find people of the same racial background… to increase the amount of unrelated matched donors.”

The blood drive will be coming back once more on December.


By Tina Kasin

LIU Post has a variety of different talents, both hidden and shown. The Alpha Xi Delta sorority gave many students a chance to show that at the Post Café event they hosted on Tuesday, October 23 at 8 pm. Students were able to sign up prior to the event, but they were also able to do it spontaneously, as the main point was for it to be an open-mic-night.

Post Café took place in Hillwood, right next to Starbucks, and the performers were heard throughout the building, attracting other students to come watch. The attendance was positive; the audience loudly supported the brave souls standing behind the microphone.

This is the first time Alpha Xi Delta has done anything like this event, and approximately 50 to 70 students showed up. “We wanted to bring a lot of orgs together who usually don’t do things with Greek life ‘and open the door’, so that hopefully, in the future, there will be more unity on campus,” said Alpha Xi Delta sister, senior and Criminal Justice major Kristin Mendes. “It was also a great way to get everyone’s minds clear during midterms.”

“I thought it was a great event where students were able to show their talents,” said Alpha Xi Delta sister, junior and Sociology major Marit Ronningen. “I think we should do it again, because it’s an awesome way to get to know new people.” She also said she does not think she has any talents that she would want to show other students, which is why she prefers to just sing in the shower. There were four AXD sisters all together that sang and read poetry.

Approximately 10 to 12 students performed, and some of them went twice. The participants did not get anything for joining. It was everything from songs, to poetry and raps, to guitar playing, and then a band finished the successful night. The event went one for an hour and a half. People left the area with satisfied looks, probably happy to be entertained by the many talents, and to get a valuable break from midterm studying.

“I think the event went well. A good amount of people were there, and I thought everyone was respectful. I would definitely go again,” said senior and Marketing major Sanger De Vine.

The response among the students that showed up appeared to be positive, and it seemed like everyone enjoyed it. Maybe that means the sorority should think of hosting an event like this again. “Rumor has it, though, that there will be another open mic night in the upcoming future,” said Mendes.