March 23, 2013, was a night of enjoyment, individuality, and togetherness when the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) community truly came together to support diversity. The occasion was the CSE Annual International Night presented by the College’s International Intercultural Club. The event featured dance performances and a fashion show by many students on campus. With the theme of Cultural Avenues and CSE’s own Laura Patterson, a visiting student from Northern Ireland and history major, and Alexandra Rojas, ’15 English and Spanish major, as the Masters of Ceremony, the night was filled with entertainment and the hard work of students.
This year’s CSE’s International Night was a jam-packed showcase with dances representing Bollywood, Africa, Haiti, Ireland, and so much more. In addition, the fashion show, representing countries around the world, dazzled the audience with outfits as beautiful and unique as the people wearing them.
This 20-year-old beloved CSE tradition featured performances that elicited a lively audience response. The show allowed CSE students to showcase their cultures and to share those of their fellow students, emphasizing the CSE mission of being a Catholic liberal arts institution of higher education committed to the traditions of students and community members of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures.
After the show, the performers joined their audience in the lower level of Annunciation Center for an international feast with food choices such as dumplings, fish patties, curry goat, and apple fritters.
Once again the show was judged a huge success thanks to the International Intercultural Club and everyone who attended. As English major Kaitlyn Thomas, ’15, stated, “They’re going to have fun trying to top this year’s performances.”