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Showcasing Student Creativity With over 16,000 students attending Southern Miss, the University is sure to have an abundance of talent –from singers, dancers, artists, and everything in between. For Cody Schlagel, the Southern Miss Activities Council, more commonly known as SMAC, gave him the perfect opportunity to showcase this talent. This opportunity came out at the first annual Southern Miss Has Got Talent show held for students this spring. “I’m not your typical performer…I’m an athletic guy so most people don’t believe me when I tell them I’m a pretty good poet,” Cody says. The senior baseball player wowed the crowd with an original poetry performance. “I just got up there and did my thing–I’m glad people liked it.” Frantz Salomon, SMAC’s president, was pleased with event: “We wanted to spice it up from Southern Miss Idol and let it be more than just singers. It’s people like Cody who have great talent and deserve the chance to showcase it.” The event, held in Bennett Auditorium, boasted a crowd of over five hundred, where the top finalists were given three minutes

to show the audience “what they got,” says Frantz, who helped select the finalists through rounds of tryouts held in the newly renovated Student Activities Hub. Molly Egloff, a sophomore History major from Bay St. Louis commented: “Attending the show was very fun. I was proud to see such a wide array of talent here at Southern Miss.” Lee Anna Woodcock, Southern Miss Idol 2009, served as a judge for the event, and agrees that competition was fierce: “the caliber of talent that the students displayed was at its highest.” Lee Anna, who sang for her talent, said it was a great growth to include talent apart from singing: “I’m a singer and I’m thankful to have had to chance to show that, but SMAC is moving forward and opening up to new and different talents.” Overall, Southern Miss Has Got Talent provided students, like Cody, the chance to showcase unique skills to the entire student body and carry the title for a full year to come. Story by Marie John

Judge and winner of Southern Miss Idol 2009, Lee Anna Woodcock plays a special medely midway though the show. Photo by Christopher Bostick


Melissa McCraw with guitar and hermonica sings a cover of Talor Swift’s “Teardrops on My Guitar.” Photo by Casey Clingan

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Has Got Talent

Casey Taggart took second place with this performance of Michael Bublé’s “Everything.” Photo by Christopher Bostick

Baseball player Cody Schlagel clinched the win with an unorthadox but enthralling performance of his original poetry. Photo by Christopher Bostick



Showcasing Student Creativity Melissa McCraw with guitar and Casey Taggart took second place with this performance of Michael Bublé’s “Every...

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