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Office of multicultural affairs organizes talent show for diversity

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Written By: Hannah Finnerty and Sam Sharp   3/9/15

On Wednesday night, the Office of Multicultural Affairs in collaboration with the New Student Organization (a first-year program) put together a talent show focusing on the diverse nature of Bowling Green’s community.

Put together by Sheila Brown, Associate Director of Programs for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the show fell into place in less than a week. Auditions were held within the first week of classes and the showcase was only a few days later.

The short amount of time may have hindered the number of participants auditioning for a spot in the show but did not damage the number in attendance.

It was a challenging timeline, according to Brown.

“There’s just not a lot of time to publicize for the auditions. On the other hand, some kind of magical way, people show up in droves for the actual show,” Brown said.

People packed into the Union’s ballroom, anticipating a night filled with exciting acts.

With students of all ages and backgrounds, the talent was diverse and unmatched. Acts ranged from hip hop dancers to beat boxing flautists, from original song performances to aerial acrobats. The audience stayed engaged throughout the entire show.

Starting out the night was freshman Derriana Saderfer. Her distinct, smokey voice set the bar high for the following performances with her rendition of “Are You Ready For Love,” originally sung by India.Arie.

Octavian Moldovean, an exchange student from Transylvania, initially tried out as a solo act with his flute.

With some downtime during auditions, Moldovean started singing Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To the Moon,” which spurred a duet performance with director Sheila Brown. The pair ended up performing their impromptu collaboration before Moldovean’s flute set.

There were also a few original performances that tied into the multicultural theme of the night. Shelby Faulkner’s performance of her original poem, “Dedications,” offered some advice.

“You never know how someone’s words can affect you until you hear your own,” was a line in a poem spoken.

Marc Clayton and Kameron Murray-Lavette offered up original raps, and Hannah Rine displayed her songwriting abilities with her original song, “Castle.”

Ciara Crane, a sophomore, said that her favorite performance was, “’Take it To The King,’ because it’s always good to take it back to church.”

Another gospel performance was rocked by senior Shaylyssa Alexander, who has been contributing her vocal gifts to the variety of acts since she was a freshman.

“My favorite part of performing is channeling a different part of myself that I don’t normally get to tap into,” Alexander said.

Wrapping up the night were the Bowling Green High Flyers, a performance that had the audience pulling out their phones to capture the stunts for their Snapchat stories.

The show came to a close with audience members taking over the stage for a dance off that rivaled the previous acts.

Alexander encourages any student who has a talent to try out for next year’s show.

““This is a great opportunity, and I look at every performance as a blessing,” she said.

Source: The BG News

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