Cristina Chillem | A&E editor
Every spring the fraternities and sororities on campus get a whole week to celebrate Greek life. However, the festivities they host are open to the whole campus. This past Tuesday night, the brothers of Theta Epsilon Phi (TEP) hosted an evening packed with talent and entertainment. The show was not solely for the audience, because it was also a competition for the performers. The performers spanned a diverse range of students among the RU-C family, which resulted in a fantastic variety of acts throughout the night.
The opening act was a lengthy number performed by RU-C’s dance team. Having been a steady group now for two years under captain Clair Williams, the girls set a tone of enticing talent and musical fun. They were impressive and a very effective opening act.
Jeff O’Donnell hosted with a laid back agenda that set the tone for a really fun evening, even serenading the audience with an acoustic version of “Purple Haze,” preciously exhibiting a gentle, sensual side of himself.
Rachael Williamson took the stage next. She sang The Script’s “Break Even,” but in her own style. It was clear she had made the song her own. Her voice was crisp, clean and smooth. It was auditory delight.
Next came Aimee Bornfreund. Perhaps you’d remember her for singing the tribute to Aaron Bradley with Bashawn Moore at the Deepher Dude Male Beauty Pageant that took place in early April. She sang the romantic song, “A Moment Like This,” by Kelly Clarkson.
A truly impressive act was Ananise Lopez who sang a song she not only wrote but also composed. Her sound and style was similar to Alicia Keys, and even the message of the song, “No More,” could have been inspired by the strong female artist.
Jessica Flinn surprised the audience when the host introduced her act as being ac apella. She took the microphone and requested the audience drop her a beat by clapping their hands. The rapport within the audience and between audience and performer shot through the roof, giving the whole room a very intimate experience. She sang Kelly Clarkson’s “What’s Up, Lonely,” incredibly well.
The show proceeded with comedian Nnamdi Chikezie taking the stage. Chikezie is an alumnus of Rutgers Camden with a BA in theater. He has toured through North Jersey and Philadelphia. For us tonight, he shared some humor he finds in his own Nigerian culture, and in relationships. Chikezie is performing at RU- New Brunswick on April 28th for Unity Day. There was also comedy by Camden’s own C Rich. C Rich is also an alumnus. He made the audience laugh by telling personal stories, like how he deals with his girlfriend’s best friend who knows all his business.
A spur of the moment performer who O’Donnell had found earlier that afternoon singing the courtyard, took the stage next. Lindsey Guarino set up her keyboard to play and sing “Almost Lovers” by A Fine Frenzy. She had an exquisite contemporary voice; a strong alto with great control. She sang the song dynamically and perfectly. The audience cheered loudly when she finished.
The show closed with the Sig Delt Angels, a family line of Sigma Delta Tau Sorority sisters. The sisters rocked the stage in high, hot pink tube socks. The family line includes two dancers and two cheerleaders. Together, they executed a combination with tremendous energy.
The judges chose Lindsey Guarino as the winner of the talent show competition and of the $300 American Express Card prize. She was thrilled, stating that the support means so much to her.