The Class of 2013 hosted a Coffeehouse in Sullivan Lounge Thursday, March 8 to allow clubs on campus to show off to the community projects they have been working on and to display their talents. The event was emceed by Lizzy Mullen and Yvonne Camacho, president and treasurer of the class of 2013.
Students were treated to an assortment of cookies as well as coffee provided by ARAMARK. The evening started with a slideshow presented by co-presidents of the Photography Club, Max Dilthey and Tyson Luneau.
The pair provided commentary as they flipped through photographs taken by various student photographers, including pictures of the club’s field trip to Mount Greylock to capture a spectacular sunrise last fall.
Next, the crowd was brought to life by the energetic rap of MCLA’s very own Stuart Fransman AKA Paradox. Fransman performed several raps with various entertaining subjects and catchy beats very different from the heavy monotonous bass modern rap pumps between our ears. The first track, titled “Ancient Aliens,” riffed on the social issues affecting young adults in contemporary America. The song dances a fine line between profanity laced epithets in the verses and an uplifting chorus throughout to provide some energy to the gathering. He also played “Hard Rock Café” as the caffeine-fueled audience bobbed their heads and tapped their feat with Paradox’s frantic delivery.
After the energetic Paradox relinquished the stage the event shifted into a more low-key poetry reading atmosphere. Nikki Kratounis read two of her heartfelt poems reflecting on the confusion and contradiction of young adult life as well as emotions relating to love and heartbreak. Megan Cooney also read one of her poems for the group.
After a lull and a quick intermission to allow the next performers to prepare and the audience to gulp down coffee by the cupful, the room was treated to the flute and saxophone duet of Alex Massar and Peter Mitchell. The duo performed a piece playing off one another flawlessly, making the dimly lit lounge feel more like a jazz club than a “coffeehouse.”
In an interview after the event, Camacho’s enthusiasm about the success of the event was apparent.
“We thought that we got to see talent that we haven’t seen before and we’re grateful to those who attended,” she said. With this being our first time trying a coffeehouse, we’re pretty content with the turnout, but there’s always room for improvement.”
Next year the class hopes to have more performers and to further expand the event into a campus-wide club and talent showcase.