Arts & Culture / Mosaic / February 1, 2012

Booths showcase world of cultures

The booths set up in Ford Center for the Fine Arts during I-Fair allowed clubs and organizations on and off campus to represent what their goals and purposes are, as well as provide some fun activities and games.

Some students were a little disappointed at the slow start the booths seemed to make. At 2 p.m., only about half the tables had been set up.

“The table right next to us is still empty!” junior Kevin Wirasamban said. “This year I’m kind of upset … I’m wondering what happened.”

But as students wondered if certain clubs had decided not to participate, dropped out or had just not had enough time, every table filled up with colorful poster boards, pictures and people.

Some clubs and organizations, like Women of Influence, had never set up a booth at I-Fair. Senior Kristyn Bridges, President of Women of Influence, said their goal was to “showcase who we are and have a fun activity too.”

The booth was set up with a scrapbook of what the students have done so far this year and a laptop with a quiz one could take to find out which famous woman in history one most resembled.

Seeds of Peace, an organization that allows kids to choose the charity they donate money to, held a bake sale. Emilio Moreno, age 12, used this as his bar mitzvah project.

Some clubs were well acquainted with I-Fair.

Japanese Club set up a game of “Faces,” a game resembling “pin the tail on the donkey,” that Japanese people play on New Years.

“The point is to stick the pieces on the face and see how well it turns out,” junior Karen Armstrong said. “People seem to be having a good time.”

AAINA, the South Asian club, had many activities, with a line for henna tattoos trailing around the curved hallway of CFA.

Students could also sit on a chair in front of a giant print of a colorful taxicab, or “auto.”

President Teresa Amott had been away on business and got up at 3 a.m. in order to attend her first I-Fair.

“I’m very excited,” Amott said. “We have the whole world represented. I’m not sure other schools can say that.”

She continued to say that she believes, “The international student body is one of our [Knox’s] greatest assets,” and encouraged students to participate in “global citizenship all year round. I love the fact that we have one day … I hope we can keep that mindset all year round.”

The sense of fun and community was all around. Four girls from ABLE played a clapping game. One of them, senior Monica Prince said, “I haven’t done that in years!”

Elizabeth Schult

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