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Explore RPI culture

I hope everyone had an opportunity to enjoy all the wonderful Family Weekend activities this weekend. I’d like to talk a little bit about one event in particular, the International Festival, and about how it connects to the Rensselaer campus as a whole. International Festival is an annual event organized by the various cultural clubs across campus together with the Rensselaer Union. It is held annually in October during Family Weekend and is a time when students from various backgrounds are able to educate the Rensselaer community about their country and culture. Many cultural organizations on campus had their own booth where they showcased their rich culture in terms of food, clothing, and pictures. Not only that, but many students also performed traditional dances.

I had the opportunity to stop briefly at the festival, and I was so excited to see how many different cultures we have here at RPI. Like I mentioned earlier, the multicultural clubs put together the International Festival, but they also host a variety of events throughout the year to spread awareness and celebrate their unique cultures. The Union is home to over 25 different cultural organizations, and each has a different purpose. Many focus on the development of culture at RPI and sharing their customs and traditions so members of the community can enjoy their culture and diversity. These clubs are an important and essential way to showcase the great range of culture at RPI and for students with similar backgrounds to connect with each other. International students stay connected to their native country’s culture, and students that are interested have an opportunity to learn the cultural heritage of any given club.

Next time you get a chance, take an opportunity to explore and discover the vast amount of culture here by attending a multicultural club meeting or event. Cultural events on campus include Asian Awareness Week, Sigma Delta’s multicultural pageant Nuestra Belleza, Chinese American Student Association’s Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration, the Black Students Alliance’s Annual Hip Hop Dance Competition, the Pakistani Students Association’s Jashn Show, and more. In fact, coming up this weekend is the Annual Indian Student Association’s Diwali Show, this Saturday from 6–10 pm in West Hall.

Lastly, I’d like to plug for a couple of upcoming events. This week make sure to catch Engineers Without Border’s One Dollar, One Drink, One World Fundraiser on Thursday and UPAC Concerts’ Battle of the Bands on Saturday night. And, make sure you celebrate the fifth of November this Saturday by attending UPAC Cinema’s movie, V for Vendetta.

I hope everyone has a great rest of the week. If you have any questions about the Union or the E-Board, feel free to e-mail me at pu@rpi.edu.

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