Day Two of Sigma Alpha Iota Week was the premiere of August Rush, held at 7 p.m. Monday in the Favrot Student Union Theatre.
August Rush is a story of a music prodigy. Lyla is a renowned and beautiful cellist and Louis is a guitar player and vocalist at a club. Lyla and Louis fall in love once they meet each other following the music. Since they have different lives, they have to separate without seeing each other again. However, Lyla has had their baby – Evan, a prodigy born to music. Lyla has an accident and bears the baby but Lyla’s father gives the baby to an orphanage without telling her, for fear of affecting her career.
“We chose this movie because it’s a musical and it really relates to our fraternity,” said Sivan Jackson, sophomore digital art major.
Both Louis and Lyla give up their music careers. Eleven years later, poor little Evan believes that his parents are waiting for him and goes to New York to find them. In New York, his musical gift leads him to success but also gives him some trouble.
He escapes and runs into a church and people there are surprised by his gift and send him to the best music school, Juilliard. There he receives an education.
We feel the movie will be important to college students because it is very inspiring and it will be a great motivational movie to tell the students do not ever give up,” says JaMell Fairley, senior music education major.
A lot of students came to support while enjoying popcorn and drinks. More importantly, celebrating SAI week was the most important thing.
“I came to this event to support the women of SAI,” said Jackson.
“Music Now vs. Music Then” was the theme of events on the fourth day of Sigma Alpha Iota week. This event was a open discussion about the different eras in music and was held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Grambling Hall.
The three panel discussion leaders were president of Sigma Alpha Iota Ophelia James, Michael Spencer and Mario Scates. The discussion had a series of questions and the first that was asked to the audience was “what’s the difference between music now and music then?”
Many believed that music back then had more significance and music now is all about non sense and selling sex.
“I believe music had more significance and meaning back then. It seemed to me like most of the music was based on worship,” said James.
The next question that was brought up in the discussion was about the audiences’ opinion on hip hop.
“Hip hop is a good form of music. Hip hop artists talks about what they know or where they come from. It has a meaning to it and it is positive,” said Scates.
Scates also made a comparison between “Hip hop” and “Rap”.
“Like I said before Hip hop has meaning to it and positive lyrics but on the other hand you have Rap which to me is just a bunch of words put together just to make a rhyme and get the crowd hype,” stated Scates.
The last topic of the night was “What is Good music?”
Many believed “good music” is very broad and it depends on who is listening to it and what that person actually likes.
“Good music depends on the ears of the beholder,” said Spencer.