Eta Alpha Omega to present poetry slam

The Men of Eta Alpha Omega will host Eta Slam, a slam poetry event tonight at the Tiger Den.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include an open mic session, contests and performances of poetry by Eta members. Prizes will be awarded to the top performers chosen by the audience.

“Anyone can come and recite whatever poetry they want,” said Duel Cunningham, a junior computer science major from Cabot and the director of the event.

According to Cunningham, a wide variety of poetry, ranging from humorous to serious, is what makes Eta Slam such a unique event.

“I think I’m most excited to see just those different types of poetry that people bring in,” Cunningham said.

This year’s event is the second poetry slam hosted by Eta Alpha Omega. The first Eta Slam was held in 2015 as a fundraiser for the club’s pledge class.

Ben Patterson, a senior recreational sports ministry major from Garland, Texas, was a part of the group that organized the first poetry slam in the Tiger Den.

“Andrew Martin was playing his saxophone in between poems, and every now and again we’d have a break where he would just play for like five minutes,” Patterson said. “He was just killing it with all kinds of jazz.”

Though admission is free, small donations are encouraged. All proceeds will go to the International Mission Board.

“It’s not really an Eta fundraiser,” Cunningham said. “It’s just like a fun night that we hope can go to supporting a good cause.”

by Garrett Moore, Staff Writer

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