Archive for Thursday, September 16, 2004

Baker event to explode with many multi-cultural activities

September 16, 2004

Baldwin residents will have an opportunity to experience cultures from around the world this weekend, and not even go any further than Baker University to do it.

Multi-Cultural Explosion, part of the university's family day events, will feature food, crafts and entertainment from countries and cultures around the world. The event, which is open to the public, will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Rice Auditorium parking lot. It will be moved into Mabee Gym if it rains.

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Ron Holden, Baker's multi-cultural affairs coordinator, said the event was a good chance to see how much the university places an emphasis on diversity.

"Baker has been very committed to diversity, and a lot of times parents and the community don't have the opportunity to see that," he said.

The multi-cultural event, Holden said, is also a good chance to introduce cultures to people who otherwise might not have a chance to experience them.

"It's always good to learn something outside of one's own self," he said. "We want them to begin to experience more world cultures. This can be done by taking them further than the borders of the United States without having to take a trip."

Saturday's event will feature food and crafts from countries such as Finland, Laos, Jamaica, Israel and Colombia. Countries represented in the entertainment include India, Indonesia, Argentina and the Republic of China. The Multi-Cultural Explosion is free, but food and crafts will be for sale at several booths throughout the event.

The stage performances begin at 12:30 p.m. and will continue every half hour until four. The schedule is as follows:

12:30 p.m. -- India: Nritya School of Dance

1 p.m. -- Indonesia: Gamelan Genta Kasturi

1:30 p.m. -- Colombia: Groupo Quimbaya

2 p.m. -- Jamaica: Jamaican dancers

2:30 p.m. -- Argentina: Danza Fuerta

3 p.m. -- Republic of China: HK Chinese Dance Group

3:30 p.m. -- Brazil: Groupo Axe Capoeita

"A lot of the performances are going to be very entertaining, very high energy," Holden said. "I'm very excited. I do believe it will be great."

He encouraged Baldwin area residents to take advantage of the multi-cultural event.

"We really want the community to be there and experience it," he said. "This will help us get a little diversity right here in Baldwin."

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