Coleman Library Showcase wins big with students

Students filled the steps outside of Lee Hall Auditorium Monday night as the 39th Student Senate presented the annual Coleman Library Showcase.

There were a variety of campus organizations in attendance, including the Student Government Association, Greek-letter organizations, the Strikers dance team and members from the Marching “100.”

There was a variety of talent in the showcase ranging from dancing, singing and poetry.

This has been the most successful year of the showcase thus far. Proceeds made from the concert go toward the special collections and publications section of the main library.

“Last year there were 40 people at this event, and this year we sold out the bottom of Lee Hall in addition to selling tickets at the door,” said Iman Sandifer, 20, a second-year business administration student from Hallandale, and the showcase coordinator.

According to Sandifer, most of the success of this event came from publicity and a lasting buzz from the previous year.  Members of the showcase committee visited some of the most popular venues on campus to get the word out about the event.  More than $2000 was raised and 75 percent of the tickets sales came from the day.

Although this event was hosted on campus, students from other colleges were encouraged to attend. One student took full advantage of the opportunity.

Lovett, a student from Tallahassee Community College, graced the stage as a performer with his guitar and a drum player.

The audience stood to their feet as they sang along with Lovett while he performed.  Lovett was not discouraged to play at FAMU’s showcase, and he was glad that he came out and realized that his music is universal.

“I didn’t know what to expect but I am really glad that FAMU students enjoyed the music, and I got a lot of positive feedback from them,” Lovett said.

Students sang and danced until the end of the night. Even when the showcase was over, the students carried the excitement outside of Lee Hall.

Most of the attendees were first-timers and they were pleased. As students spoke among their peers about the event, many of them are excited about the showcase next year.

“This was my first time attending this event, I enjoyed the all the talent,” said Sierra Pearson, 20, a third-year criminal justice student from Tampa.

Brandon McCaskill, this year’s Mr. FAMU gave a public service announcement on the importance of being healthy.

McCaskill’s campus-wide initiative to get students aware of a healthy lifestyle, B-Healthy, will be held Friday at the FAMU recreation center from 1-4 p.m.

B-Healthy will allow students to team up with the campus recreation officials to help promote healthy habits on campus.

In addition to receiving information about a healthy lifestyle, participants will have access to aerobic classes as well as access to nutritionists, chiropractors and fitness trainers.

In order to participate in the event, students must bring their Rattler Card, towel and gym clothes.