Literary group hosts open-mic event, book sale

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 Illustration by Alexandra Nelipa

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Cheshyre Cheese Club gears up for fundraiser, final open-mic coffee night of the semester.

By Valerie Champion

The Cheshyre Cheese Club will host its last open-mic coffee night of the semester 6-9 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria of Loftin Student Center.

The club offers the event once a month every semester in Loftin. In the past, the club has had individual musicians, bands, comedians, poets, dancers and actors perform.

Club president Tone Guerrero said the club welcomes all performers to its open mic night. A small PA and amp will be set up for performers, and coffee and cookies will be available, he said.

Although the club requests performers forewarn audiences about any profanity, open mic coffee nights greatly encourage self-expression, Guerrero said.

“We get a lot of people who are shy,” he said.

For the last open mic night of the semester, the club is asking people to donate canned goods as part of an initiative of several clubs at this college to donate food to families in need.

Although the open mics generally end at 9 p.m., the club held a Halloween-themed open mic until 9:30 p.m. Guerrero said the club plans to hold another themed open mic night around Fiesta during the spring semester.

The club also will be hosting a fundraiser book sale 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday in the mall in front of Loftin. Guerrero said while some clubs sell food for fundraisers, the Cheshyre Cheese Club chose to sell books ranging from 50 cents to $4.

“We want to feed the mind, so we sell used, donated books,” he said.

The Cheshyre Cheese Club meets at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Writing Center in Room 203 of Gonzales Hall. Guerrero said the club is currently seeking new members for the spring semester.

Open mic coffee night is free and open to the public. For more information, students can visit or email


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