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Trine hosts ‘Color Fest’ International Night to celebrate international community

By Catherine E. Porter
marketing and communication major ’16

Trine University will host its 47th annual International Night this month to celebrate the diverse cultures represented on the campus.

Held in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center, the “Color Fest”-themed International Night will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18.

The night will begin with an International Bazaar from 5 to 7 p.m. in the University Center Mall. The mall will be filled with cultural music, food, exhibits and various activities that showcase nearly 20 different countries represented at Trine University.

Dinner will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. in Whitney Commons at a price of $8 for community members, $5 for children younger than 10 and free for children younger than 5. The dinner will feature ethnic fare prepared by the Office of Student Services and the Office of International Services, along with several student organizations, Bon Appetit and local restaurants.

Attendees are invited to sit back and enjoy traditional and modern performances by students, faculty and staff at 7 p.m. in Fabiani Theatre.

An after party will celebrate Holi, an ancient traditional Hindu and Indian holiday observed in India each spring by throwing colored paint powder. Watch the colors fly or join the fun by throwing color from 8 to 9 p.m. outside between the University Center and Widman Hall.

All are welcome to join the Trine community in celebrating International Night. All festivities are free and open to the public, with the exception of the optional paid dinner in Whitney Commons.

International Night enables students, faculty and staff from other nations to share their cultures with the Trine campus and Angola community. The event also provides an opportunity for all to experience and celebrate Trine’s growing international population and embrace its members as part of the community.