Anthony Noonan walked up to the microphone. The screen lit up with familiar lyrics. Once the music began, there was no stopping him.
It may be tough to take the stage first, but junior physics major Noonan defied stage fright and sang out confidently.
On Friday, Feb. 4, the College Union Board held a Karaoke Night in the Rathskeller. The event was scheduled after Anthony Raneri, lead singer of the band Bayside, could not make it back from Europe in time for his scheduled Rat show.
“It will be rescheduled for another night,” sophomore communication studies major and CUB Rat co-chair Jane Howell said.
In its stead, Karaoke Night had students singing everything from Third Eye Blind to N*Sync from 5 to 8 p.m.
“I like karaoke,” said Noonan, who says he sings karaoke as frequently as possible.
After Noonan’s rendition of “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers, there came other classics, including “Papa Don’t Preach,” originally done by Madonna but sung by Howell and senior psychology major Sarika Williams.
Junior finance major Anthony Simone sang Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life.”
“I’ve done karaoke a couple times before,” Simone said. “I come to the Rat for a lot of shows.”
Howell was pleased with the event’s outcome.
“Our main goal tonight was to have something and this goes over well,” Howell said. “We didn’t have a lot of time to reschedule another band after the Anthony Raneri show
was canceled. But who doesn’t love karaoke?”
CUB used an online karaoke website called the Karaoke Channel Online. For only $10, anyone can get a two-day subscription to over 8,000 songs.
“They had a lot of songs to choose from,” said sophomore English and education double major Joanna Bosek. “I didn’t get to sing, but I definitely hope they have karaoke again one night.”
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