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Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood come to Lyman The ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ comedians had students up on stage and the audience roaring with laughs members were a bit timid, but after a few minutes of being on stage they were at ease with the game and had the crowd bursting into laughter. Mochrie said the next game was the easiest out of any they were going to do that night. Mochrie and Sherwood brought another two audience members onstage to play Jeopardy, but with a twist. The two volunteers had to lip-sync anything that Mochrie or Sherwood said. Sherwood made it difficult for the volunteer not to laugh as she was forced to lip-sync tongue-twisting names and sing lyrics to popular songs such as rap star Nelly’s single “Hot in Herre.” To continue the night, the guys decided to try a brand new game. Sherwood warned that the game might not actually work. The game was called “Fishing Trip.” Mochrie and Sherwood individually took ideas from the audience. As one of the comedians was listening to ideas, the other was in the back in a homemade “soundproof booth.” The booth consisted of each comedian Sean Meenaghan | General Assignment Reporter putting his fingers in his ears and two members of the stage crew yelling into Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood called up several volunteers to help them with their improv throughout the night. Above, the game “Jeopardy” is played. each ear. After the comedians found an improv idea of something the other had Sean Meenaghan The lights dimmed and the flash- to confess, they had to include certain General Assignment Reporter bulbs began to go off as the two famous clues while they were improvising a fishfunnymen walked on to the Lyman Cen- ing trip. While swiftly rushing to the stage, ter stage. During this game, an excited audiaudience members began grabbing To start off the show, Mochrie and ence member from the crowd yelled, stacks of cards and writing what they as- Sherwood played a game that many “There’s a school of tuna!” To which sumed should be improv ideas, when in “Whose Line is it Anyway?” fans remem- Mochrie responded, “Look, there are fact the cards were going to be used for a ber from the show. some drunk kids across the lake.” specific question. Two audience members came on Sherwood quickly guessed what Before the show even started, Colin stage to play “Moving Bodies,” which Mochrie’s confession was, but it took Mochrie and Brad Sherwood had the required the two people to move Sher- Mochrie much longer, so long in fact crowd cracking up as Sherwood told the wood and Mochrie around the stage as that Sherwood had to fight back his audience from backstage to stop writing they improvised a conversation. own laughter. on the cards and began reading some As the game was being explained, To keep the laughs rolling, Mochof the ideas that people came up with. Mochrie said, “You can only do certain rie and Sherwood played a game similar Then they told the audience what they movements. Remember, we’re humans, to Mad Libs. were really looking for: questions about we can only bend so far.” Both men picked four members love, marriage, life and sex. In the beginning, the two audience from the audience to participate in a

game called “Stand In.” Mochrie and Sherwood acted out a scene and whenever they raised a hand, one of the participants filled in with a word or a phrase they thought of. The volunteers had Mochrie and Sherwood saying things like, “Did she leave me because I’m salad dressing?” and “Herpes was a nickname she had for me.” Audience member Richard Muirhead, a senior psychology major, said he liked this game the best. “I really enjoyed it,” Muirhead said. “I liked how interactive it was.” Muirhead said he enjoys going to events at Lyman. “I’ll definitely come out for more shows,” Muirhead said. “I went to the Tony Rock show and the John Legend concert.” The final game was called “Sound Effects.” Mochrie picked a gentleman from the front row, but Sherwood had a difficult time deciding on just one person, so instead he chose the entire back section of the theater.

Mochrie and Sherwood acted out a scene, which called for different sound effects. The highlight of the game was when Mochrie said there was a stampede of animals coming through but instead of his volunteer making the sound effect the volunteer moved over as if he was watching the stampede go through. This had Sherwood cracking up and made him step aside of his comedy for a brief period. As the night was coming to a close, a spotlight focused on Mochrie and Sherwood as they finished with a finale. Both men belted out a comical duet thanking the city of New Haven and everyone for coming out to watch their show. Another audience member, Mike Philakovsky from Shelton, said he had a great time. “I had an excellent time,” Philakovsky said. “It was well worth it. [It was a ] fantastic show [and a ] great place to spend a Saturday night.”

Sean Meenaghan | General Assignment Reporter

Mochrie and Sherwood take a bow before their audience in the Lyman Center.

WSIN Radio hosts 8th annual Sinfest, rain or shine Melissa Chicker Staff Writer

Catherine Groux | photo editor

The Down and Outs from Providence, R.I., performed at WSIN’s 8th annual Sinfest on Thursday.

Rain couldn’t keep students away from being treated to a free concert in the Adanti Student Center ballroom Thursday night. Sinfest held its eighth annual concert hosted by WSIN, Southern’s radio station. This was the first time the concert was held indoors, said Kaitlin O’Brien, general manager of WSIN. “It used to be outside but we had to change it because of the rain. We really are looking to see how it works and if we are going to do it again inside,” said O’Brien. Sinfest focuses on getting local bands to come and play at Southern to help promote WSIN, said O’Brien. Social media, like Facebook and Twitter, posters, fliers and promotion on WSIN, the bands’ own promotion, and word of mouth helped to make Sinfest a successful event. “It’s the only thing I look forward to on campus,” said Lindsey Stamp, a graduate student in history. “I like it because it’s fun and music that I enjoy to listen to.” The four bands that performed were Jacobi Wichita, The Down and Outs, Political Animals and Two O’Clock Courage. Each band played just under 45-minute sets. Free popcorn and snow

cones were also given out to attendees. “I came to see Two O’Clock Courage. I’ve seen them before and thought they were good. I also came just to hang out with friends,” said Erica Casalaina, sophomore marketing major. Sinfest’s opening act The Down and Outs hail from Providence, R.I., and heard of the event from a Southern student. “We met John on Warped Tour in Connecticut and told us he was going to get us a show at his college and we didn’t think we would hear from him and he hit me up on the internet and got us the show,” said guitarist and back up vocalist Tripp McCreery. The band is signed to a Japanese record label and made their Warped Tour debut last summer. “It was great. It’s interesting because there are already national touring established bands pulling up alongside you and setting up their tents next to you. You’re in the heat, walking around waiting for your set time just like everyone else,” said Paul Carney, lead vocals and guitarist. The band said they were excited to perform and have an energetic crowd. Sinfest had a good turnout this year with around 70 students attending.

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Clubs and organizations use Facebook to promote Laura Gomez

“And that is kind of how Facebook works,” said Hutchinson. Hutchinson said ProCon gets a lot of responsOver 700 Southern students are Facebook es and a lot of people attend their events, although friends with Jaime Lynn Hutchinson, Senior Pro- she is not sure if the success comes from using Fagrammer for ProCon, she said. Through this so- cebook, because they use several means to reach cial network, the organization reaches out to the people. Southern community and gets the ball rolling to get “Four hundred people attended the Welcome students involved. Back Dance,” she said. “That was really good.” “This method is helpful because it reaches a lot Hutchinson said the main point of reaching of people,” Hutchinson said. “I send out invitations out to students is to inform them about the events and then friends send it to friends and they sent it to that ProCon organizes, but more importantly is to other friends, and it goes on like that.” incite them to get involved. Facebook is just one of the means ProCon “I want to stress how good it is for students to uses to advertise events. Posters and a more recent get involved,” she said. method, mannequins, also serve as advertisements. It is beneficial to get involved and it brings “We have been dressing up mannequins and more opportunities to students, according to putting a poster in their hands to get peoples’ atten- Hutchinson. tion,” said Hutchinson. Those who get involved get to network and But Hutchinson says the most effective way is participate in conferences if they are dedicated, word of mouth. which is a great experience, she said. Also, students Staff Writer

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that get involved in something during college get to know more about themselves, their strengths and their work. “I started at Southern as an elementary education major and after a year of being in Programs Council, I changed my major to organizational communication and I love it,” said Hutchinson. Her advice for Southern students, she said, is that whenever they get invitations or see posters for events around campus, try to participate. Otherwise, go to the Student Life office and get informed about what is going on. Felix Reyes, a theater major, belongs to several clubs and said he thinks using Facebook as a way of reaching out to students turns out to be very efficient, because people feel the need to socialize through the internet and also to stay connected. “By using Facebook we are able to enhance advertisement for people to go to the clubs or get interested in them because they are consistently being reminded of them on Facebook,” he said.

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It only takes a second to take a look at what is going on, Reyes said, and students immediately know what is happening and can stay more up-todate. “You feel like you are part of what is going on at Southern or on campus so you are not lost completely. Is definitely more accessible,” Reyes said. “It gives students the privilege of indulging themselves in events on campus.” Will Ruiz, a psychology major, said he doesn’t belong to any clubs at SCSU but he was part of a couple at UConn, where he attended last year, and he doesn’t really like being contacted via Facebook by the clubs. “I think it’s lazy of people to use Facebook for so much of a networking need. It’s becoming more than just a friend-finder and communicator,” Ruiz said. “It’s becoming the organizations’ way of reaching their consumer and/or audience, making Facebook messy when it comes to messages and spam.”

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