MU’s only Coffeehouse gives students a chance to shine

For one night only this semester, students had a chance to showcase their talents.


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Sarah Heyne, a sophomore music education major, and Caroline Delsole, a sophomore speech pathology major, perform a mashup of popular songs from the late 2000s.

Bethany Wade, Asst. Photography Editor

For one night only this semester, Student Activities Crew (SAC) gave Marywood students a chance to perform on stage.

Students and faculty attended SAC’s MU Coffeehouse and Open Mic Night in the Fireplace Lounge on Thursday evening.

SAC members usually hold multiple coffeehouse nights in past semesters, but they only chose to host one for the 2017 spring semester.

“Rather than hold three smaller coffeehouse events … we planned one large event for people to come out to,” said Julia Mariotti, a SAC member and junior speech pathology major.

Sixteen students performed covers of popular songs, read poetry and read short stories for a large crowd.

Many students who were featured in the latest edition of “The Bayleaf,” Marywood’s literary magazine, performed their poems and stories for the crowd.

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Travis Murray, a senior business major, reads his short story published in the latest issue of “The Bayleaf.”

Cyrina Swanston, a freshman biology secondary education major, is not new to performing at the coffeehouse, but this was her first time reading poetry from “The Bayleaf” at the event.

“I came to one last semester and I really liked it. I sang last time and this time I’m reading a poem,” said Swanston. “I want people to know more about me, but I’m always too shy to go for it. This is a great way to do that.”

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Cyrina Swanson, a freshman biology secondary education major, watches other students perform while waiting for her turn to take the stage.

For those not performing, warm drinks and desserts were available to enjoy while listening to the pieces.

Austin Bird, a freshman aviation management major, used the event as a way to spend time with friends.

“Events like this give people the ability to show their talents and speak out, while others get to see their abilities,” said Bird.

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