Karaoke empowers; next singfest is April 25
Students at Texas A&M University-San Antonio let loose while singing and listening to songs by artists ranging from Nicki Minaj to Frank Sinatra at Jag Women Rock Karaoke March 28 in the cafeteria.
While eating their veggie burgers between classes and studying for tests, students in the cafeteria couldn’t help but nod their heads to the music.
The Campus Activities Board hosts karaoke events on the last Thursday of every month. In March, the theme was female empowerment to celebrate Women’s History Month.
“A lot of people are scared of karaoke because they feel like they can’t sing, but if you have fun and are enjoying it — I mean, we’re not auditioning for ‘American Idol’ here. This should be about having fun,” said Miguel Alcorn, a communication junior and CAB officer.
Alcorn, who sang “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, was joined by a dozen other students who performed for an audience of their peers. Each participant was met with a round of applause and smiles from those who were listening.
“This [karaoke] takes a lot of courage, but it’s really fun,” said psychology freshman Calvin Rangel, who had the entire cafeteria singing along with him when he performed “All of Me” by John Legend.
Even students who didn’t step up to the mic could be seen singing along to the songs they enjoyed the most.
“I think it helps bring us together, helps us to relax,” said Sasha Guzman, a psychology senior and frequent attendee. “I love seeing how people are shy at first, but as the music plays, they become more and more brave.”
Guzman sang “Where Is the Love?” by the Black Eyed Peas, a song she said has social significance in addition to being a hit tune.
Viewers nodded their heads and clapped along as Guzman sang, “…and to discriminate only generates hate, and when you hate then you’re bound to get irate. Madness is what you demonstrate, and that’s exactly how hate works and operates…”
“I sang this during Black History Month, and now during Women’s History Month. It’s still so relevant,” Guzman said.
The next CAB Karaoke event will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 25 in the cafeteria.