Student Spotlight: The Friedman Fringe

Just when you think school life isn’t entertaining enough, along comes the Friedman Fringe. Our school’s newest student group has an ambitious agenda: to host a coffeehouse-style talent show featuring the artistic knacks and accomplishments of Friedman students and their friends or family members (“Friedman once-removed”) this month.

FF Poster 4Already, a violin duet, a painter, a poetry reader, and maybe even a tap dancer are on the program for the event, which will be held in Medford on Saturday night, February 16.

“When we come here, we realize that we all have a lot in common, but sometimes our other identities fall by the wayside,” said Meg Keegan, a first year student and one of the organizers of the new group. “A lot of people have talents outside of cooking and canning and things like that. This is a chance to show our different sides.”

To help defray some of the event’s costs, which will include coffee, tea, and other light refreshments, the group will host a unique fundraising effort. Instead of ordering flowers for on-campus friends and colleagues this Valentine’s Day, Friedman faculty, staff and students can send carrot, candy or clementine-grams. For $1, the group will deliver the c-gram of your choice on February 13or 14. Orders can be placed beginning on February 7, and proceeds will be used for rental and food costs associated with the talent show.

The idea to showcase artistry and other creative outlets began brewing in October. First-years Kusum Hachhethu, Mimi DelGizzi and Meg Keegan joined Nadira Saleh and Emily Pitch to launch this new student club. The name – Friedman Fringe – was the brainchild of Professor Will Masters, chairman of the Food and Nutrition Policy Department, and it quickly captured the club’s imagination, Keegan said. Small pieces of Friedman Fringe guerilla marketing began to appear on Jaharis’ bulletin boards soon after, setting off bewilderment and buzz about this new event.

“People have been coming out of the woodwork,” Keegan said, “we’re really excited.” Organizers weren’t shy, either, about twisting a few artistic arms to get this nascent enterprise off the ground.

“We’d love to see a good turnout,” Keegan said. “It should be a great night.”

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– M.E. Malone

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