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Celebration of Differences
By Darlene Schneider
Blue, yellow, red, purple, and green swarmed the Williams Conference
Center along with over 300 people accompanied by sweet scents of
delicious dishes from nine different countries last weekend for this
years International Dinner.
Daniela Poeschl from Germany and Vanaka Gunawardhana from Sri Lanka hosted the event
sponsored by the L-C International Club.
Eighty-three students and 23 countries are represented in the
International club, Gunawardhana said.
Club President Hannah Jamieson and Co-vice presidents Augustine Zinsu
and Raquel Montegro announced the recipient of this years Enlightenment
Award, given to the person who recognizes and emphasizes the success
of international students. This years award was given to Ron King, of
River City Church, for his dedication in helping students and his help
with International Game Night, a monthly program where everyone can get together and play
games from around the world.
What a wonderful thing to have International students here at L-C
and in our community, King said after picking up his plaque.
Entertainment lasted throughout the evening with the extraordinary
outfits that were displayed during the fashion show to the calming
influence of a Tai Chi Chih demonstration by instructor Meredith Robbins
and her student, Nichelle Arnzen.
Aki Tsuchiya, a student from Japan, played Girl from Ipanema on his
saxophone and students Kim Cravens, Kelly Moss and Aletha Lassiter took to the stage for
some modern dancing.
After the dancers performed, Gunawardhana teased that the girls
looked as if they were straight out of a hair commercial.
The Diversity Band silenced the audience with a song dedicated to
September 11th. Mel Ward and Ryan King sang the emotional words
including She fell down and broke her back and it makes me wonder if
shes coming back. The song also asks the question Whatever happened to
justice and liberty?
Silvia Susnjic, from Croatia, won a sculpture entitled Soldiers
Coming during the nights raffle. The raffle and the dinner were put on
as a fund raiser for scholarships to help more international students
Aaron Bren had the audience cracking up with his rendition of an
auction. Bren had all the guys in the audience take out their wallets
and asked them to hold up some money. Later after some eye opening
magic tricks, he asked the men to start bidding on a girl with which he
could have one dance.
Come on we already know you have the money. We all saw it, Bren
Jao Oliveira and Josh Leister took the stage with other capuera
students to entertain the audience with the Brazilian fighting dance.
The night ended with tunes played on bagpipes by Tom Urquhart, Ann
McAlpin, Dan McIntosh and others. They played a very inspiring Amazing Grace
as the audience filed out.
Unquestionably it was a great success students were very pleased and
proud that community members supported them, Kathy Grussing,
coordinator of international student services, said.