Progressive Student Union hosts Halloween coffee house

Jake Fine and Rachel Gunnerson performed at PSU's coffee house in Ensor Lounge on Oct. 31. (Shaquille Tairellil / McDaniel Free Press).

On Oct. 31, McDaniel’s Progressive Student Union hosted a coffee house and open mic night in Ensor Lounge. During this event, snacks and drinks were available, and students were encouraged to bring their own mugs to increase sustainability. The event was relatively casual, with the furniture of Ensor Lounge shifted to form an audience facing the microphones that were set up and available for students to use for a variety of performances. Some students sang or played instruments, yet others read poetry of their own or favorite quotes from others, and others performed comedy sketches.

In addition to an opportunity for the campus community to gather and be creative, the event also had the aim of spreading information about PSU’s current mission. About halfway through the event, PSU President Sam Bouton shared the organization’s sustainability demands for the College, which focus on the use of native plants in landscaping, local meat and produce through dining services, and clear sustainability goals with publications of progress made.

The finale of the event was the Halloween costume contest, where attendees were able to vote for their favorites, and the winners received gift baskets.

PSU invites interested parties, especially those who want to talk about climate change and effects on the campus and local levels, to attend their upcoming meetings on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. in Hill Hall 14.