JCU student organizations pulled out all the stops with a fun-filled Friday night, complete with hours of entertainment, food and talent competition.
Beta Theta Pi fraternity hosted “Carroll’s Got Talent” on March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Kulas Audtiorium. The event featured eight acts, ranging from singers, to dancers, to musicians. All proceeds went to Milestones for Autism Resources, a nonprofit organization educating and connecting individuals with autism.
Freshman Richie Jenkins and senior Chris Casey emceed the event. They were joined by Tom Roche and Robert (Bo) Smith from the English Department and Janet Paradise from Office of Student Activities, Orientation and Leadership Programs, who served on the judges panel.
Alex Hale from Milestones for Autism Resources, kicked the show off, singing two ballads, including an original song “My ‘I’m Possible’ Dream.”
Additional performances included freshman rapper Kyle MacGilvray, a tap dance routine by freshman Alexandra Montesano, a mash-up of “Without You/With You/I Will Wait” performed by the Sweet Carrollines and a standing ovation performance of Elton John’s “Piano Man” by freshmen Joe Carrier, Anthony Shoplik and Ryan Brown.
Midway through the event, Smith commented, “I am overwhelmed and speechless.” Roche agreed with, “I’m even more speechless.”
The winner was freshman drummer Daniel Morel, who performed a cover of “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
But the fun didn’t stop there.
From 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., SUPB hosted its second “Streak the Center” event in the 2014-15 school year. The event’s theme “Be Happy” focused on health and wellness.
The D.J. Lombardo Student Center hosted many activities for students to divulge in, including an oxygen bar, liquid nitrogen ice cream and an aroma therapy station, where students could make sugar scrubs and lip gloss.
Massages, caricatures and henna art in the Underground were additional activities available to students.
In the Murphy Conference Room, students could play video games or snap pictures with friends in a photo booth.
The Lombardo Student Center Conference Room, one of the most crowded spaces of the night, hosted two events for the night: Taste of Cleveland – featuring options from Barrio, LUNA Bakery, Dewey’s Pizza and Aladdin’s Eatery – and a health and wellness bingo with prizes including a flat screen TV, a beta fish and tickets for floor seats to a “One Direction” concert.
SUPB major events coordinator, sophomore Shannon Poppe, who ran the Taste of Cleveland event, said, “This is a way for students to have a taste of what is around you without having to actually drive to these restaurants.”
Senior Stephanie Bou-Anak, a first time attendee of “Streak the Center,” said, “I came to this event because my friends are here and this gives me a chance to come and have fun.”
Junior Natalie Hanna commented, “This is my first time coming to ‘Streak the Center’ and I am so excited to be here. I am looking forward to trying all the food and going to see ‘The Lego Movie’.”
Other “Streak the Center” activities included cooking demos and tastings, movie screenings of “The Lego Movie” and “Pitch Perfect” and a triathlon in addition to late night workout classes in the RecPlex.
Freshman Becky Love said, “I loved ‘Streak the Center’ last semester, so I was excited to go to this one. The food was delicious, I really liked the liquid nitrogen ice cream and bingo is always a good time.”