Worthy mic night cause

Jugglers, poets and musicians performed at WILL’s Open Mic Night to support the College’s performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.
Students gathered in the upper-level of the Brower Student Center on Tuesday, Feb. 5 to be entertained, sip on coffee, and try their best at winning a gift basket.

Most importantly, though, the students gathered to raise money for the College’s V-Day Campaign, which opens on Friday Feb. 15 in the Mayo Concert Hall.
Entertainment was in no short supply during the Open Mic Night. Students with artistic talents and a bit of courage signed up to show off their abilities while raising awareness of violence against women.

Big Run, an on-campus band, had the audience swaying to their indie-style melodies. As if the love child of Bon Iver and The Decemberists, the three-person band strummed a banjo, fiddled a violin, and crooned about the hazards of love.

But don’t think the night was only for the musically inclined. The College’s juggling club made a memorable appearance as well. Donned in apparel reminiscent of duds worn by the talented acts in Barnum and Bailey’s circus, the College’s own duo of jugglers kept tight control of flying objects.

The night even served as the temporary home for the reciting of slam poetry. Christine Garrity, sophomore Spanish and secondary education double major,  recited the Taylor Mali poem, “What Teachers Make.”

“It was a very interesting night,” said Kristen Randolph, a freshman biology major. “The acts were very diverse and offered a wide range of entertainment that really showed off the multitude of talents we have at TCNJ.”

Talents indeed. A capella group, the Treblemakers, showed-off more than just a darling name. The 12 piece, all female group performed songs like “Penny Lane” with sweet and moving gusto. If Paul and Yoko had been present, they may have considered putting the past behind them once and for all.

The night of entertainment, though diverse and filled with the College’s most accomplished talent, all came back to the support of ending violence against women.