CulinArt initiates karaoke nights on campus

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For many students, the words “karaoke” and “embarrassment” are synonymous. However, for those who love singing and performing for friends or strangers, CulinArt’s Karaoke Night in the Carnegie Mellon Café can be an opportunity. Every Monday for the past three weeks, CulinArt, the primary food vendor for Housing and Dining Services, has been hosting karaoke from 6–9 p.m. for students to come and display their singing prowess and even win some interesting prizes.

This event consists of an informal just-for-fun section and a more serious, competitive section. The winner of the competition part will receive $100 in cash and be provided with the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at a Washington Wild Things semi-pro baseball game this summer.

The contest is a six-week event that started on Jan. 17 and will continue until Feb. 21. Students who wish to compete will be filmed during the first 30 seconds of their song, and the resulting video will be posted online on CulinArt’s Facebook page. From there, anyone can go on the Facebook page and “like” the singer he or she thinks is the best. The contestants must receive at least 10 “likes” to be in the finale. Those who do qualify will sing a final song, and the voting process will start over again, with the winner receiving the grand prize.

CulinArt’s student activities director, Shelby Cole, commented, “I brought karaoke back because a lot of students were asking for it, but I also wanted to provide CMU students with the opportunity to showcase their amazing vocal skills by offering them the opportunity to sing the National Anthem in front of people.”

To make the contest more exciting and involve the campus as a whole, students can vote for their favorite singers online. “We wanted to make this an interactive competition, and produce a winner that is chosen with confidence by the student body to represent CMU,” Cole said.

There are already four contestants competing with videos online. Dylan McKinney, a first-year creative and performing arts major, entered the contest. When asked why he decided to participate, he responded, “to sing to Maria the lunch lady for her birthday!” McKinney thought the prize could be a great career builder. “I feel like it would be nice for my singing career to have some good publicity. I would post [my win] on my Facebook status right away,” McKinney said.

For students who want to sing without the pressure of being in a contest, there is still an option.

CulinArt leaves karaoke open to all students, faculty, and staff “enjoy the art of karaoke, and want to enjoy a night out with friends in a fun atmosphere.”