NSUBA’s Got Talent makes debut on Broken Arrow campus
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NSUBA’s Got Talent makes debut on Broken Arrow campus

Published 4/20/17

Kelsey Baucom

TNE Writer

NSU’s Broken Arrow campus is introducing a new event to encourage more student involvement on campus. NSUBA’s Got Talent offers students and community members alike a chance to share their talents with others.

“We’ve never had anything like this involving students here, so we just wanted to try it out,” said Samira Ali, Broken Arrow senior. “It’s very new. Some of the acts are not even from students who go here. One of the acts is actually a chemistry professor who’s doing elephant toothpaste. I’m dancing. We have a girl doing a Persian instrumental. There’s a group dance of just friends. There’s a lot of different stuff.”

Samira Darbandi, Tulsa senior, has been playing the santoor since middle school, and NSUBA’s Got Talent will not be the first time she has shared her talent with an audience

“I will be playing an instrument called santoor,” said Darbandi. “The santoor is a very delicate instrument that has 72 strings and is very popular among Persians, but history has many notable variations. Having played at OU and OSU Cultural Nights, I am also interested to have that experience here at NSUBA.”

There will be nine acts total performing at the event. There will be three judges selecting winners for different categories. Winners of these categories will get a plaque or something similar, but cash prizes are not an option because the event also serves the purpose of donating all the proceeds to The Griffin Promise, a nonprofit organization in Broken Arrow that works with people who have autism.

“Our volunteer coordinator, Leslie, is really passionate about giving back to our community,” said Ali. “I asked her to research some organizations to donate the proceeds to, and when she talked to The Griffin Promise they were really excited about it.”

Jada Holliday, a senior at Broken Arrow High School, heard about the event through friends who attend NSU. She will be singing and playing the piano for her talent, and she encourages people to come out.

“I think that it's absolutely wonderful to raise awareness and funds for this organization,” said Holliday. “To support not only the cause, but to enjoy a great night out with friends, experiencing incredible talent in their own hometown.”

The overall purpose of NSUBA’s Got Talent is to bring students and community members together and to support one of Broken Arrow’s nonprofits.

“We’re trying to raise money for an organization in our community,” said Ali. “Also, I think this campus lacks a lot of engagement, so this could be very good for that. That’s why I wanted to do this, because I feel like we don’t do much around here. This is a fun way to get our students and our community involved. I hope it’s something we continue to do every year and it will just keep getting better and better.”

NSUBA’s Got Talent is from 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 21 in the second floor auditorium of the administration building on the Broken Arrow campus. Tickets are available for $5 at the NSUBA Student Affairs office, or for $7 at the door the night of the show. Children ages 6 and under get free admission.

For more information, email Ali at alis@nsuok.edu.

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