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Open Mic showcases rising talent

By Jim Nance, Times Staff Reporter
On April 27, 2012


Tuesday, April 17, was an explosive day of talent and expression at MATC in the T Building auditorium. 

The Phoenix Open Mic event had students flocking in just before 12:30 p.m. to register to perform or just to take a seat. 

As you entered the auditorium you would have been greeted by the current President of the Phoenix Literacy and Arts Society (PLAS), Jeff Henry. Laid out on the table were copies of the 2011 Phoenix for purchase for $5 and the new publication "Phoenix Now" given for free. 

PLAS Open Mic events capture the attention of those who can appreciate raw talent and relish in thought provoking literary imagery. Jeff Mosgaller, resident of West Allis, came to support his friend, Richard Plevak, III. "It's great to come out to listen from one storyteller to another," says Mosgaller, about his invitation to the event. 

You might be a spectator the first half, but by the second half you might have something in the back of your mind ready to share with the crowd. Performers came from all campuses to enlighten the audience with their artistry. 

Jason Kolodzyk, Faculty Advisor of The Phoenix and English Instructor, set the crowds tone with the rules of the Open Mic. Very simply and accommodating to all, just be mindful of the language being used and audience respect the performer. After each artist has performed, show them some love. With that awareness out the way, Vice-President of PLAS, Brandon Haut started to emcee the show.

Each performer stood up and got to the microphone, giving the audience a spectacular array of emotions. 

Some artists made you really think, others put your heart in a sullen mood. 

No matter who you are or where you sat in the auditorium, you were among those who felt the positive affects of true talent. Malcolm Lane, student from the Downtown Campus, set the mood for the Open Mic with his powerful poem entitled "Love Coat."

He electrically charged the audience with his poise and articulated thoughts. Next, Yung Thompson, student from the North Campus, shared a powerful essay of poverty in Korea. The silence was amazing as she captivated the audience, intensely listening to her story. 

Thunderous applause echoed after she finished reading her essay, however, on her face the emotions still loomed. 

The Phoenix organized a tremendous event for individuals to participant and also to enjoy as spectators. 

They are really innovators for the community as well as for the students of MATC

Get involved! The next Open Mic will be on May 1st at the West Campus. The theme for that Open Mic will be "Rebirth", so mark your calendars and come to support PLAS

You just might find out more than imagined about yourself through expression.

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