Fractions v. Decimals: Local musician plays Coffeehouse series

By Jaclyn Freese
February 21, 2003

Angelina Wagner

With his black, curly mop of hair, worn out jeans and fingers strumming the guitar, singer Adam Richman poured his heart out to an audience of close to 100 people about his love for fractions.

“Fractions rock; they are far better than decimals,” Richman said. “I also like the rational numbers. That’s for all you math majors out there.”

Richman, a 20-year-old singer and guitarist who has played at over 150 colleges nationwide, let loose about math and other things at the third annual Coffeehouse, held on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in the food court by the Campus Activities Programming Board.

“You all sound like dying cats,” Richman, referring to the way the audience yelled and clapped for him, said. “Speaking of dying cats, here’s a song about my ex-girlfriend.”

After playing for over an hour, Richman ended his set with a song called “From the Pain, which is modeled after the now defunct teen angst show “My So Called Life.”

“This is my full time job,” Richman said. “Playing for people is the coolest job in the world.”

The Coffeehouse also featured students on the open microphone, where students could go onstage and perform various types of entertainment.

“We had so many people who wanted to come out and show their talents,” sophomore Stefanie Ciarocchi, co-chair of the event, along with sophomore Ashlee Lensmyer, said.

Students performed anything from singing to poetry. One student, sophomore Megan Mirzoeff, had the chance to perform with Richman.

While Mirzoeff was singing “Building a Mystery” by Sarah McLachlan, Richman started playing guitar to go along with her singing.

“It was the highlight of the evening,” Ciarocchi said.

The next Coffeehouse will be held on Friday, March 28 in the foodcourt at 9pm.

“There are going to be more chances for the open microphone,” Ciarocchi said. “So, keep your eyes open.”

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