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Cal State LA kicks off Café Night

First Cafe Night of the semester celebrates talented students and faculty.

Ashley Reyes, Contributor

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Cal State LA students and faculty were invited to the library to for the first Café Night of the fall semester.

The open mic event, hosted by the Center of Student Involvement (CSI), was an opportunity for students and local artists to showcase their talents. Free coffee, pastries and school supplies were handed out to attendees as they gathered around to hang out, study, and watch the performances.

“For Café Nights, I try to get Cal State LA artists, performers, and spoken word students,” said Jasmine Salgado, a student assistant for entertainment events. “That way students can get to know their peers and hang out in the library.”

Some musical performers on the set list included Cal State LA student, Nicole Angela Badillo, and the Cal State LA 444’s. Jeff Fust, a professor from the Television and Film Department, also performed his own original songs at the event.

“I thought it was a great idea to have a café night,” said Fust. “It’s good to provide the students with an outlet where they express their feelings to other students. They can share different things from their culture and different experiences they are going through with one another.”

Other participants of the open mic session included Jordan Rodriguez, who spoke about veganism, and freshman Angela Snyder, who performed her poem, “Three Promises.” Nicole Angela Badillo also sang a last-minute cover of The Little Mermaid’s, “Part of Your World.”

Self-Love, family troubles, and overcoming personal obstacles were also amongst the topics shared during the open mic.

By following the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) on social media, attendees were automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win Cal State LA gear such as notebooks, jackets, and water bottles.

“During the fall semester, they can expect a lot of free giveaways; we have a lot of events,” said Salgado. “They should definitely come because their tuition pays for it, and it’s a lot of fun.”

The next Café Night and open mic will take place on Oct. 19.  Students can visit the CSI office for details.

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