Celebrating cultures across campus

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California Baptist University’s International Center hosted its weeklong International Celebration Nov. 9 – 12.

The week’s theme, “E Pluribus Unum” meaning “out of many, one” in Latin, encourages students to embrace the cultural diversity on campus. At CBU, there are several people groups and cultures represented.

The International Center began the week with an informational Kick-off Celebration held in Stamps Courtyard on Nov. 9 and then opened the weekly night events with “Cafe Le Louvre.” This was hosted at The Cottages from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tables were adorned with different flags of European countries and the sidewalks were lined with students’ painting canvases.

The “Cafe Le Louvre” was designed to educate students on various European countries.

“Café Le Louvre was really cool. It taught me about other countries and helped me learn about different nationalities. Frankly, I loved it!” Marissa Padilla, sophomore and resident advisor for the Cottages, said.

“Middle East Identified,” hosted at the University Place Apartments’ Global Village, created awareness to the many cultures of the region. The event highlighted ways to pray for various people groups and raised awareness for Pennies for Pakistan, a nonprofit organization. Pennies for Pakistan is dedicated to providing relief work for the many disastrous floods that have ravaged the area.

Trishan Singh, sophomore and criminal justice major, played tablas (Indian drums) as CBU students listened. Students enjoyed music, food and entertainment throughout the night.

“I loved the cultural dances and the drums,” Kelli Rice, junior and nursing major, said. “It was a good chance to understand other parts of the Middle Eastern culture.”

Thursday night held two separate events: “Oh, Africa” which was sponsored CAB. “Oh, Africa”, held in the Game Room, raised awareness for the Invisible Children.

The “Amavubi” celebration was held in the Copenbarger. Rwandan students lead a presentation about Rwanda’s culture and history while they conducted language lessons, a fashion show and Rwandan dancing.

The International Celebration concluded on Friday with an international fair from 11a.m. until 2 p.m. in Stamps Courtyard, and later that evening with “Fiesta Friday” held at the Lancer Arms patio.

Friday night was a celebration of the South and North American cultures. Churros and hot chocolate were served, students played broomball and salsa music spilled from the speakers.

The International Center at CBU is dedicated to celebrating diversity and cultural differences on campus. The week was sponsored by the International Center, Campus Activities Board (CAB), the Office of Spiritual Life (OSL) and the Office of Resident Life.

Be sure to look for upcoming events on the International Center’s Facebook page at “CA Baptist – International Center.”

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