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October 30, 2003

Daily Northwestern

Free of shame or accompaniment

A cappella has taken over Northwestern. At this very moment, there are 12 a cappella groups operating on the NU campus, averaging 15 members each -- and that's not even including groupies, occasional a cappella listeners, and those who liked that period in the '80s when Billy Joel did "The Longest Time" and Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" topped the charts.

Each group offers its own unique spin on the genre, and with an ever-increasing interest in the program, NU's men and women of a cappella have gained cult-like status. Their members, laughed off in high school for their rhythmic and vocal talents or their uncanny abilities to beat-box, are now increasingly sought-after. Next stop, world domination.

"I wasn't a big fan of a cappella before I came here, but there's so many good groups I've kind of been converted," says Weinberg sophomore John McGlothlin, who is just one of many "converted" who see the inherent beauty of men singing in falsetto over catchy bass lines. More

Posted by acapnews at October 30, 2003 4:46 PM

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