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International Festival Weekend to culminate with “Showcase”

Campus and local community members can travel the world without hopping an airliner this weekend, as Binghamton University will host the fourth annual International Student Festival Weekend, culminating with cultural displays, performances and a dance, all in the University Union Mandela Room.

“Why is this so cool? One reason is that we have seven different student cultural organizations representing very diverse backgrounds coming together at one event,” said Ellen Badger, director of International Students and Scholar Services.

Specifically, seven major cultural organizations for international students will be participating, she said.

Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. “Cultural Showcase” is followed by the 11 p.m. dance and serves as the climax to a week’s worth of sporting events pitting the different student organizations in fun, yet serious, competition, Badger said. Champions in the festival’s table tennis competition have been decided (they come from India and China), while basketball, volleyball and soccer champions have yet to be crowned.

The volleyball final is 2 p.m. Friday, September 24 at East Gym, center court. The basketball finale follows at 4 p.m., same venue. The soccer championship game is scheduled for noon Saturday, September 25, at the East Gym fields.

“Winners in these events receive trophies,” Badger said, “and these are extremely coveted trophies.”

The “Cultural Showcase” will open Saturday evening with a welcome from President Lois B. DeFleur.

Following will be performances by the Chinese Student and Scholars Association, the Graduate African Student Organization and the Indian Graduate Student Organization.

Other organizations participating I the event: Binghamton University Japanese Association; Korean Graduate Student Association; Taiwan Student Association; and, Turkish Cultural Association.

“This promises to be a very colorful and photogenic event,” said Badger. “The showcase is a way for us to share with the community.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08