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Cultural diversity celebration livens SE Commons

By Jamil Oakford/se news editor

A TCC electrician in a kilt, flags and music brought color and vibrancy to the Commons on SE Campus Oct. 16.

Student activities sponsored the event to give students a chance to showcase their cultures.
With a stage for performances and demonstrations, many students found it nearly impossible to pass through the main hall without stopping to watch.

English professor Liz Joseph demonstrates how to wear a sari with student Ndey Secca. Along with the sari demonstration, there was also an African headscarf demonstration. Photos by Jamie Thatcher/The Collegian
English professor Liz Joseph demonstrates how to wear a sari with student Ndey Secca. Along with the sari demonstration, there was also an African headscarf demonstration. Photos by Jamie Thatcher/The Collegian

International Student Organization member and SE student Rouamne Djanh was excited to share more about his culture.
“I’m from the Ivory Coast, and I’ve been here since the spring,” he said.

And his fellow ISO member Njembong Etiendem echoed his excitement.
“I’m happy to be showing my country flag of Cameroon,” he said. “I joined this club because I wanted to learn about different countries and cultures.”

The club’s table displayed ornate and colorful decorations and flags from the Philippines, Egypt, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon and India. Items from India included a Christian Bible written in the native language, a hand-carved wooden sculpture of Jesus and several materials for traditional clothing.

Students were also given a chance to listen to Vietnamese singer and student Lam Ngo, who gave a description of her song before performing.

Phi Theta Kappa members were also a part of festivities asking students to share their stories of where they come from.

English professor Liz Joseph showed several students the proper way to wear a sari.

SE student Ibrahim Zahrain shared his thoughts on the celebration.
“It’s good,” he said. “I liked the headscarf demonstration.”

The celebration proved to be a hit among students as the demonstrations for African headscarves, saris and music drew crowds in between classes.

Student Brittney Castilla, who just ended her eight-week Humanities class, was happy with the event as well.
“I like culture,” she said. “It’s funny because we were talking about this in my Humanities class just last week.”

Her friend and SE student Corey Sullivan was also impressed.
“I think it’s pretty neat,” he said. “It’s nice to see all the cultures come and present aspects of the different cultures together.”

SE student Laura Gonzalez (left) shares information about Latin American culture.
SE student Laura Gonzalez (left) shares information about Latin American culture.
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