Karaoke lets Western the hit high notes

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Recently appointed Director of Entertainment Sebastian Smith rocks out to Journey's Don't Stop Believing

A hopeful student approaches the mike as the huge crowd stops their laughter and awaits the upcoming talent. The student is scared yet confident that their voice will harmonize like the brilliant tones of a canary. Yet as the words come along the screen, the student realizes that he doesn’t know exactly how the song goes, causing him to hum what he doesn’t know and below out the little amount know as that of an angry black crow. This was the normal talent that graced the stage of the WAC Karoke night, held in Blum food court on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m..

WAC president Robin Ussher felt having the karaoke show in the food court  would be more beneficial for student enjoyment and would spark student attendance at WAC events. The show, which had numerous people in attendance either awaiting to perform or stopping by as they were waiting for food, had the most student participation in a single event for the entire year.

“It’s something different that WAC has never really done before,” Ussher said. “I did some research and I found “Karaoke Productions” from Kansas City, Missouri and she had a really cool package with music videos and lights and stuff that would really make it fun for everybody that came out for it. We decided to give it a try.”

Around 30 to 35 people showed Western their gums as they sang along to Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Journey and Lauren Hill. Some came in groups, others came in pairs and some crooners flocked to the mike solo. Yet everyone showed what they can do; both the good and the ugly.

“I like the way this works because it’s not a matter of people committing to go,” Ussher said. “Things for like the talent show and other events, people have to decide that they are going and have to go out of their way to go to it. This event is kind of hard to miss. We are catching everybody at dinner time. They can make a split decision and boom they are here in attendance. It’s a lot of fun. A couple of our very own WAC members have been up there [singing] with very impressive voices.”

videos and lights and stuff that would really make it fun for everybody that came out for it. We decided to give it a try.”

Around 30 to 35 people showed Western their gums as they sang along to Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Journey and Lauryn Hill.

Some came in groups, others came in pairs and some crooners flocked to the mike solo. Yet everyone showed what they can do; both the good and the ugly.

“I like the way this works because it’s not a matter of people committing to go,” Ussher said. “Things for like the talent show and other events, people have to decide that they are going and have to go out of their way to go to it. This event is kind of hard to miss. We are catching everybody at dinner time. They can make a split decision, and boom: They are here in attendance. It’s a lot of fun. A couple of our very own WAC members have been up there [singing] with very impressive voices.”

Among these “impressive voices” was WAC Director of Entertainment Sebastian Smith who sang numerous times on the stage to daring songs such as Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” Smith however, who recently received a job singing at World’s Of Fun as an entertainer, was one of the night’s highlighted singers and kept the crowd amused.

“Starting in November you can see me on the comedy city stage in downtown Kansas City doing improve,” Smith said. “[Singing] is a hobby that I would really like to explore in the future.”

Smith also feels that not only students but WAC members should focus on showing good attendance at events.

“We want to gain a lot of buzz about WAC,” Smith said. “Students are paying for these events in their tuition. As a member of WAC, you are planning, organizing and working these events. But you are also a student. If you want to participate in these event, chances are other students will to.

Whether karoke night was just a fun event catered for student enjoyment, or a revealing of Western talent and future celebrity singers and songwriters, the night will  definitely leave campus wanting more from WAC in their future events.

Charlonda Bozeman expresses how fun the show was and believes the location was a smart idea.

“Having it in the food court is common because everybody hangs out there and it is a popular spot,” Bozeman said. “WAC events are important to attend to be social to have something to do. It is good to get your name out there.

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