By Nicholas Brenn
International culture is sweeping across campus this week. From Latin American dancing lessons to an African trivia challenge, International Culture Week is a celebration of the many different cultures, traditions and nationalities that are represented on our campus.
World Around U President Ruwimbo Makoni ‘15 is excited to give students the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of international cultures that thrive here on campus.
She describes her excitement to “share traditional aspects of many global cultures with the campus community.”
On Thursday during common lunch, students can test their origami skills and learn about the art of Japanese paper folding. Earlier this week, students constructed flags of different nations around the world and attempted to learn new languages over the course of the common lunch hour. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Messa and Wold will be offering a Taste of Asia, featuring traditional dishes available for sampling.
“On Friday, we will have our big Gala event from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Nott,” Makoni describes. “We have adapted an Amazing Race theme for our whole week,” and students are encouraged to get their “World Around U Amazing Race” passports stamped at each event.
Students can enter their passports into the raffle during Friday’s gala event for a chance to win an iPad Mini.
Friday’s event will offer international food and entertainment from many of the multicultural groups on campus, including the African Student Association, the Asian Student Union, the Russian and Eastern European Club and many more.
Makoni hopes that this week of immersion into international cultures will “teach the campus community about what it means to be an international student” while “engaging students in something a little different.”
International Culture Week will conclude on Friday with the Gala at the Nott Memorial.
All countries represented on this campus will take part in the event, which will also include a raffle for those students who participated in any of the week’s events.