Music is more than just singing
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- For senior-film major, Kenneth Cruz, music has been part of his life since he was a child. But, it has impacted him in more ways than he could imagine.
Growing up, Cruz would sing in his church's kids choir and was raised in a family that also sings. And though he sang throughout his high school career, he did not think that he would continue to sing after.
When Cruz entered his sophomore year of college, he auditioned for Penn State's Singing Lions. Though he thought the audition was terrible, he got accepted into the organization. Fast forward to his senior year, and Cruz is now the Vice President of the Singing Lions.
The Singing Lions is one of few singing organizations that have THON families. The two families, unfortunately, passed away not too long ago. For the organization as a whole, and Cruz, this was not easy and Cruz takes it into his hands to make sure that the two families are represented throughout their performances.
"They [THON children] don't get the chance to sing and dance, so it's my job and it's all of our jobs to do that for them," Cruz said.
This drives Cruz to continue singing for the Singing Lions and for the THON families. And even though Cruz does not see singing as a career in the future, he isn't opting out singing in the showers.
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Ariana Rosa is from The Bronx, New York, graduating in Spring 2020. She is a Broadcast Journalism major with a minor in Spanish. During the summer of 2019, Ariana interned at CBS2/WLNY TV, where she gained experience producing live digital newscasts with the CBSN NY team. While there, Ariana acted as the Anchor for the annual summer intern newscast. While at Penn State, Ariana got the opportunity to work as a Staff Writer for Her Campus PSU and Managing Editor, of ¡OYE!: Penn State’s First Bilingual Latinx Newsletter.
Ariana also participated as the Social Media and Webpage Manager for Puerto Rican Student Association, where she contributed to the design and production of the organizations first website. Ariana is an aspiring CEO of a multimedia digital news outlet that gives a voice to the underrepresented Latinx/Black communities. She has always had a passion for story-telling, and believes no voice should go unheard.