By Eugene Burndam
A show with a variety of acts, lightning effects and live judges to comment will bring about the penultimate end to the Multi Ethnic Relation Club’s (MERC) diversity week.
Different events have enabled students to celebrate their individuality and cultural uniqueness in the week leading up to this final show.
On April 16 in Kresge Hall, MERC will host Olivet’s first staged talent show called ONU’s Got Talent. According to senior Jacquelyn Owens, the event had a different name to give it a contemporary twist.
“It was previously called ‘Star Search,’ but it was decided a more modern named was needed for students to be attracted by the event,” Owens said.
Owens stated that ONU’s Got Talent will be presented in a similar way to American Idol.
“We will have ten competing acts each perform and four live judges to critique them,” Owens said. “Last year the show had dancing, rapping and singing and live judges which made it interactive and a lot of fun.”
The show’s format will be a performance followed by the judge’s critiques.
With planning for the show underway, president of MERC, junior GregoryElijah Bennett has the job of delegating and issuing criteria for fellow MERC member’s to execute.
“I have groups selling tickets, a group advertising and another group finding talent and holding auditions, making sure things are done in a timely fashion,” Bennett said
MERC’s work to deliver a fun event for students coincides with Bennett’s enthusiasm to make it enjoyable.
“This is our baby, and I am passionate about its success. I want to give students a night to really enjoy themselves before they leave for break,” Bennett explained. “I always look forward to hosting events – I feel that it is another way to spread God’s word and also let people know what MERC is about,” he added.
Bennett also said it was important to keep campus events fresh for students, a point Owens also touched on.
“ONU’s Got Talent will be something different … something out of the ordinary. Students get to watch their friends perform and enjoy the show,” she explained.
Senior Mayra Trejo is one of the contestants and looks forward to the show’s opening.
“I feel very, very excited because I have never [competed in a talent show] before,” she explains. “I have to say, though, the major reason I’m performing is to have fun, but it wouldn’t hurt to win.”
Trejo also explained that the event is worth seeing because its so unlike other concerts and events on campus.
“We do not have very many events like this one – it will definitely be entertaining. It is just so amazing to see how much talent we have at Olivet,” she added.
Undergraduates Katrina Kenny and Hanna Funston will also be performing that night. Mission and Student Ministries’ Jennifer McClellan, General Assistant to the Music Department Jasper Taylor, Admissions Counselor LaMorris Crawford and Administrative Assistant for Student Development Nancy Bretzlaff will be ONU’s Got Talent’s judges giving live critiques of students who perform.
Tickets go on sale at Ludwig Dining Hall and the C-Store from Apr. 13 to the 15. Tickets are $5, or $2.50 with a Student Discount Card.