The two notorious rival programs of Ryerson University, Journalism and RTA (Radio Television Arts), faced off in a karaoke battle at the Ram in the Rye this past saturday.
Doors opened at 9 p.m. Tickets were only a buck or a canned food item in advance or a toonie at the door. The bar abided by a wrist-band policy and checked for ID at the door.
By 11 p.m., the venue was “rammed” with pitchers of beer and loud chants of students from the two competitive programs. Many student had to stand, as there were not enough tables and chairs to seat everyone. Cheery students enjoyed food and refreshments while clapping, laughing and watching their friends sing in not-so-perfect pitches.
J-school vs. RTA karaoke night is considerably the biggest annual event organized by the JCU (Journalism course union) and CURTAS (course union for Radio and Television Arts students). The proceeds were split equally between the two groups.
Throughout the night, the karaoke machine had a couple technical glitches that forced some singers offstage. The karaoke company (that set up and hosted the event) apologized and promised to deduct $125 off the rental fee. The JCU says the funds raised will go toward lounge improvements. Members are currently seeking to fundraise more for new sofas and decors for the Journalism lounge.