Culture festival celebrates diversity
By Mark Schulman
Campus Life Editor
The first annual Culture Fest was held Nov. 9 bringing in students, faculty and community members to share traditional rituals, food and hospitality from around the globe.
The Parade of Nations led the participants along faculty row and onto the UC lawn where several worldwide exhibits were displayed.
Cultures from Korea, China, Vietnam, India and America all came together to join hands and participated in a Native American ceremonial Round Dance. After the ritual of togetherness, everyone rushed to the tables that provided samples of various native foods.
The Native American Student Organization served up some corn soup while the Leadership Student Opportunity Program booth shared “good ole Southern cooking.” India had a variety of munchies including chips that were spicy enough to bring out a reserve of soft drinks that were rationed out to the guests.
Diversity Committee for Communities of Interest Chairman Robert Canida helped plan the festival and was pleased with the outcome.
“For this event to be its first, I was very impressed and pleased to have had the nice turnout from the organizations and groups that participated and for the campus coming out and supporting it,” Canida said.
Two dozen UNCP and community establishments participated in the festivities. These businesses and organizations included CYNA’s Jewelers, River Swamp Pottery, ZETA sorority, Disabled Student Organization, among several others.
“I hope that the festival provided everyone a learning opportunity,” Canida said. “I feel that the festival was well received by everyone.”
Canida credits UNCP Associate Professor Dr. Shilpa Pai, alumnus Virgil Oxendine, Student Activities Director Abdul Ghaffar and UNCP student Sonia Jackson for planning the event.