"I have friends from all over the world, and I really wanted to
learn about their cultures, and I love different foods!" Junior Dana
Hubbard was one of the first attendees present last evening
when the SNUG was transformed into an international stage with sights
and sounds from around the world during Cultural Outburst.
of senior Chinwe Oparaocha, Cultural Outburst was a school-wide event
sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Activities.
The event was designed to highlight and celebrate the cultural and
ethnic diversity within the Loomis Chaffee community. "I wanted everyone
to dig and find their roots, their ethnic background — that's what
inspired this event," Chinwe (Chi Chi) stated.
displays featured local cuisine, folk music, maps, images, literature
about cultural traditions and artifacts. More than 150 students,
faculty, and community members enjoyed various ethnic foods throughout
the evening: Jamaican beef patties, Lebanese bread, Indian Khasta Maide
ka Atta, and German and French desserts. Several staff members from the
school's Aramark Dining Service contributed as well, creating special
dishes from their Bosnian homeland.
The evening's performances
ranged from chanting Tibetan monks to spoken word to traditional Indian
dance. Students performed and audience members took part in Salsa
lessons. The event closed on an electrifying note with mesmerizing Poi
"We had a wonderful turnout, much more than I
expected," said Chi Chi. "The monks were such an amazing addition. The
event was just great!" Director of Multicultural Affairs Elizabeth
Parada agreed. "This was an astounding success," she said. "We're so
excited to have everyone here representing their various cultures with
such great pride."
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