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November 30, 2012
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Freshman drums way to top

GOT THE BEAT
The Crusader/Brooke Renna
GOT THE BEAT - Freshman Kiana Gibson performs a rendition of "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift on the drums.
SU's Got Talent, hosted in Trax on Friday, Nov. 16, was a big hit amongst the crowd.

The show consisted of 13 student acts and a professional comedian who traveled from Hoboken, N.J. The show was set up similarly to the reality TV show America's Got Talent. Each act was competing for the grand prize of a $250 gift card and the title of best performer at Susquehanna. The show also had three judges that rated each act after its completion. Among the judges were, Professor of Management Steve Wilkerson, Director of Residence Life & Center for Civic Engagement Erik Lassahn and Associate Professor of History Edward Slavishak.

Freshman Kiana Gibson braved the stage first. She sat behind a drum set and drummed to a popular Taylor Swift song, "I Knew You Were Trouble." Gibson, who came up with the composition for her cover of the song, ended up taking home first place in the competition. After her breathtaking performance and a standing ovation from the crowd, all she could do was smile. "I was speechless. I didn't expect this at all," Gibson said. Gibson, who said she loves performing, admitted she was very nervous in the beginning but with her good friendsí support, she succeeded.

The following act was by sophomore Alexa Dreese. She sang "Million Dollar Man" by Lana Del Rey. SU Swings also made a debut with three pairs of dancers, starting off with a swing dance from the 1920s that had quick changes in pace.

Another crowd favorite included sophomore Bryan Palsi who had the entire university baseball team in the crowd for support. Palsi, who recently transferred from Temple University, quickly won the crowd over with his original rap lyrics. Part of the act consisted of a freestyle that he built from the audience. The crowd was asked to shout random words out where he would build a freestyle rap off the word. Palsi also received a standing ovation.

Freshman Steven Gebhardt's performance was inspired by the YouTube sensation called "The Evolution Dance." Gebhardt choreographed his entire routine. He said the dances took him about a week to learn. "I tend to get hot and dizzy, but it's fun," he said. "I just kept trying not to screw up." Gebhardt was one of the runners up.

Other notable acts included dancing, singing and improv comedy. Over all, the judges said they were impressed. Although the professional comedian from Hoboken seemed to split the crowd with political jokes, it was a good night at Trax.

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