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Class Gift Campaign hosts ‘Karaoke Idol’

Alicia Smith | Friday, November 7, 2008

Simon Cowell didn’t stop by to provide commentary, but Saint Mary’s provided its own judges at the Class Gift Campaign hosted “Karaoke Idol” Thursday.

The evening began with senior Laura Cronmiller and her dad singing “I Got You, Babe” by Sonny and Cher. Following that performance, sophomore Annie Molloy performed “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” by Pat Benatar.

The Residence Hall Association performed “Respect” by Aretha Franklin.

“Obviously you ladies have never met Aretha, know Aretha, or are from Aretha’s generation,” Saint Mary’s Director of Women’s Health Catherine DeCleene joked.

Afterwards, senior Mickey Gruscinski and her father performed “All Shook Up” by Elvis. Saint Mary’s Vice President for Enrollment Management Dan Meyer praised the duo.

“You have raised the bar to a new standard,” he said. “You have talent!”

The next group to perform was “The Dancing Queens,” a group comprised of junior Rebecca Cousino and Cronmiller.

“I’m trying to understand the difference between creative license and creativity,” DeCleene said about their performance.

Finally, complete with a swimsuit, towel and a large pair of sunglasses, senior Emily Croft sang “Summertime,” by New Kids on the Block.

“I had to take off points for the lack of tan,” Meyer said. “It would have been better if you had been tan.”

The winners of “Karaoke Idol” were officially Gruscinski and her father, but the duo chose to decline the prizes. The prizes were then awarded to Cronmiller and her dad. Molloy came in second place, and Rothschild and her father came in third.

The night was filled with laughter, and many students enjoyed the show. Junior Sarah Hartman attended the event.

“It was a lot of fun,” she said.

Karaoke Idol was held to draw awareness to the Class Gift Campaign, a group that takes charge of collecting funds for each class’s senior gift.

“We really want to raise awareness to the fact that people are making a donation to the class gift campaign,” said Heather Frey, the assistant director of the Annual Fund and the advisor for the Class Gift Campaign.

The class gift has been around for over 50 years, Frey said.

“Basically it’s just a way for classes to say thank you for the opportunities they’ve had here and to help Saint Mary’s grow a little stronger and continue education future generations,” Frey said.

Previous class gifts have been anything from benches to buildings. The classes of 2005, 2006 and 2007 donated money to the fund for Spes Unica, Saint Mary’s new academic building.

This was the third annual Karaoke Idol, Frey said.

“It’s a really fun event. It is one of the most hilarious evenings I’ve spent. People just come to have fun. Everybody comes out just to have a really good time, and it’s evident. You spend the whole evening just laughing,” she said.

The event was held in the Moreau Little Theatre at the College.