Friday, March 25, 2011

Rider U College Kids Get A Taste of Poetry

LAWRENCEVILLE--Thursday evening, Anwar's Reflections-- a Trentonian affiliate-- attended Rider University's Poetry Slam.

The event was hosted by Rance Robeson, a senior at the University, and the editor and chief of On Fire, a literary journal that is published on campus. Now please don't get me wrong, this was not your average, run-of-the-mill college event. Music was provided by DJ Wes Will and snacks and refreshments were served by the On Fire staff. This kind of community event is often missing at larger colleges or online colleges.

The purpose of the event was to give Rider students an entertaining yet informative break from their classes. The event was held in the Bart Luedeke Center's Fireside Lounge Thursday evening at 7 pm.

In attendance were students, faculty members, and residents of the community. During this event, up and coming performers showcased their unique talents and gifts. As a matter of fact, two promising comedians, Trev Houston and Jackson Comedian Jackson, did their stand-up routines.

One of the audience members, Louis Chebeter, is quoted saying he really enjoyed the event because it helps students relax and take everything in. He went on to say that as a student he really appreciated the opportunity to get away from all his studies.

Another audience member, Kristen Lynn, who is involved with Rider University's SGA (Student Government Association), said she thought the show was entertaining. Another student, Adrian Baraguin, said he thought the event was moving. He went on to say that poetry really isn't his thing, but that he was impressed with this event here on Rider's campus.

The show also featured, Ansley Burrows, a seasoned poet that makes his living performing. The On Fire staff plans to have their literary journal showcase April 18th in Bart Luedeke's Cavalla Room. Anwar's Reflections will be sure to keep you informed as to any new developments. Below you will find a video of Poet Ansley Burrows performing at the event Thursday evening:

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