International Dinner
Monica Lenius
mleni264@uwsp.edu
 
The great thing about college is that everybody is different. Each individual creates a diversity that exposes you to cultures you may not have even known existed. Such is the mission of the International Club: encouraging an exchange of culture by providing ways for friendship, understanding and social interests of the members. The I-Club uses this statement to guide their events, the largest being the International Dinner.
 
Although it celebrated its 42nd year on April 15, enthusiasm hasn’t wavered as a packed crowd weaved through the art gallery and silent auction. Run by students, the art and auction items were donated by students from various backgrounds. Each of the members of the International Club donated an item they had brought here from their country, so they were all unique in their own way.
 
"Things that you normally don’t see in America, like the traditional Chinese fans, for example, and some things that you see but don’t know what they’re for if they’re not explained are what we have at the silent auction," said Cherie Fu, Public Relations Chair of the International Club.
 
Starting last semester, preparations for this have been quite extensive, starting with deciding on a theme.
 
The theme of this year’s International Dinner was cultural collage and it encompassed all
the different locations that the members are from. Photo by Sara Shaffer​

"We always try to come up with a universal way to encompass all the different locations that our members are from. That’s why we went with Cultural Collage," Fu said.
 
Deciding on food and decorations came next. A gazebo-like structure illuminated by strings of lights held many of the works-of-art as appetizers, like sushi, which was passed around by volunteers, many of which were wearing traditional clothing of their countries.
 
One of the volunteers, Shawn Ward, was thrilled to be a part of the evening.
 
"I decided to volunteer because of my previous performance experience, and it was cool. I wanted to see the atmosphere of the whole dinner part," Ward said.
 
 
All performers took to the stage for a final bow. Photo by Emily Hoffman.
 
 
Finally, the talent portion was decided after an application process and auditioning, judged by three faculty members on campus. By the end of the auditioning process, the judges chose ten performances to fill the entertainment section of the evening.