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November 6, 2019 | The Clarion
Arts & Life
Editor’s Note: Adjunct Professor
of Business Organization and
Leadership Christopher Tipton
secured a BCP grant which allowed
him to take students from his class
to a car dealership in Asheville. In
this article, a student from that class
shares his experience on the field
By Adam Spencer
For my Management Information Systems
(ORG 307) class, my classmates and I got
the opportunity to experience management
information systems in real time.
We visited “Harry’s on the Hill” - a Cadillac/
Buick/GMC dealership in Asheville. We
received a tour of the entire dealership and
teamed the ins and outs of how it operated.
We got to shadow some of the auto mechanics
while they fixed the cars to which they were
assigned. They explained to us how each car
was assigned, and how information flowed
Ifom the car and then throughout the dealership
via the information systems they had in place.
We also got to see how they handled phone
calls coming into the dealership and how they
entered them into their system. One thing I
found to be very interesting is that they would
receive ghost calls once in a blue moon. These
ghost calls were made in order to grade the
performances of those operating the phones
within the dealership.
Their number one priority was to ensure
customer satisfaction with every phone call and
every visit. The Information System they had
in place made them very time efficient and kept
everyone on the same page.
It was a pleasure to have this opportunity and
it was one of the most unique experiences I have
had so far at Brevard College.
By Margaret Correll
Layout & Design
Brevard College hosted its annual “Brevard’s
Got Talent” showcase on Tuesday, Oct. 29
in Ingram Auditorium. The night was full of
music, laughter and brave students competing
for the 1st place grand title.
The master of ceremonies for the evening
was Matt Mittan, a local comedian who has
performed and hosted at venues such as The
Orange Peel in downtown Asheville. He began
the performance with a short introduction, then
cracked a few jokes to get the crowd in the
mood for the upcoming production.
First up was Caro Addams, a senior at
Brevard College. She performed the song
“How He Loves” by the David Crowder Band
in sign language and dedicated it to her late
sister, Mary Anne. The crowd supported her by
lighting the room with their cell phone lights
and swaying to the music.
After the song ended, Mittan asked if Addams
would like to say a word to the audience
before moving on to the next performer. She
thanked the Brevard College baseball team
for supporting her and thanked the crowd for
showing their support during the song.
The next performer was Mickayla Smith
singing Evanescence’s “Imaginary.” The “goth
roek” inspired lyrics mixed with the sound of
her voice and the purple lights that surrounded
her made for a solid performance. She received
a round of applause after her set.
Kurt Cope was up next, playing “Just A
Closer Walk With Thee” and “Boogie Woogie
Improvisation” on the piano. After moving the
piano to his desired position and Mittan using
this time to add in more jokes, Cope stunned
the crowd with his performance.
The fourth and last performer before the
intermission was Kendall James singing and
performing the song “Welcome to the Black
Parade” by My Chemical Romance. He had a
full Gerard Way inspired costume, complete
with a skull painted face.
During intermission Mittan invited three
volunteers from the audience to tell jokes
based on what topic he chooses. The volunteers
proved that this was not an easy task to do.
Despite a few bad jokes, the participants
received a lot of laughter from the audience.
The next performance of the night was
Curtis Windham, Jay Prioleau and April Gibbs
performing an improvised set. The music was
very laid back and the crowd seemed to enjoy
it. Surprisingly, after they finished, the duo
admitted that they had not decided to perform
in the talent show until the day before.
Performer number six was Hope Jackson,
signing “Fight Song” by Rachel Flatten in
support of breast cancer awareness. Jackson
was decked out in pink attire to pay homage to
those who have fought and those who continue
to fight breast cancer.
Up next was Gabbi Nixx and the X Machines
performing “Another One Bites the Dust” by
Queen. Nixx played bass and sang while her
backup dancers performed a routine in sync
with her. The crowd seemed to enjoy this
performance and the funky vibes that it gave.
The final performer of the night was Gavin
Martin. He entertained the audience and the
judges with an up close and personal display
of magic. The judges were amazed by the act.
After each performer had gone, Mittan
invited all the performers back to reveal the
winners of 2019 Brevard’s Got Talent. With
great anticipation, the three finalists were
named: Kurt Cope came in third place, Gavin
Martin in second and Gabbi Nixx and the X
Machines in first place.
The next Brevard College talent show will be
held in Fall 2020, organized by Campus Life.
Gabbi Nixx and the X Machines pose for a photo
after winning first place.