‘Great pool of student talent’ awaits in CAB talent show next month

Amye Buckley

CAB members look forward to this year’s talent show.

“I think this could actually be the best one we’ve had,” said Carolyn White, junior biology major and CAB vice president. “We’ve got a great pool of student talent and we’ve got enough time to get a couple more acts.”

Students interested in participating can pick up applications in the campus activities office in the Billingsly Student Center. Applications are due Feb. 9 and auditions will be Feb 15.

Performers dance, rap, lip sync or do stand-up comedy.

“Be creative,” White said. “Bring something new to the table. Come show the student body something they haven’t seen before, because we want to see it.”

The talent show will be 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in Taylor Auditorium. This year’s emcee will be Roz from Last Comic Standing.

Kickoff of the CAB Comedy Nights begins next Friday night with Second City Touring Company.

Tori Christiansen, director of student activities, is excited to have Second City in Joplin. “It should be pretty awesome,” Christiansen said.

Second City will perform 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 in Taylor Auditorium. Other acts this semester will be Kjell Bjorgen, Reno Collier and Damon Williams. CAB Comedy Nights are the first Thursday of each month.

In an effort to support the local community, CAB will be collecting non-perishable food for Neosho-area shelters and food banks whose stores have been depleted after the ice storm.

A collection box will be outside the CAB office.

The CAB office ran out of movie night tickets, they gave out more than 400 tickets.

CAB is now on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/mosocab. In its first two weeks more than 50 people joined the group. Details on the organization and events will be posted on the Internet.

CAB member Isai Martinez, freshman graphic design major, was honored as CAB member of the semester for fall 2006 for his participation and event attendance.

“He was a hard worker,” said Hector Amaya, CAB president and junior criminal justice major. “And he was very dedicated to the float-building process.”

CAB members are discussing the possibility of bringing Cross Country Ragweed to Southern in mid-April.

Members considered the cost and community interest in this type of event. CAB members were encouraged to ask around and gauge student interest in bringing the band to Southern.

“We need more feedback from students on these events,” Amaya said.

Some CAB members like the idea of bringing in a nationally recognized band.

“Joplin really is the perfect location,” White said, “Central to the fanbase.”

But White thinks the band has a lot of potential for expanding Southern events.

“It builds a bridge to bring in other acts,” White said.

Christensen wants to put the idea to Southern students, “If you like Cross Country Ragweed let us know,” she said.