The Caribbean Student Association (CSA) is asking HWS students to break the “no white after labor day” rule. The student club is hosting the first wear white party, an innovative substitution to its annual fall semester dinner, Trip to the Tropics. The party will take place Friday, Oct. 12 at 8:30 p.m. in the New Future Manor (380 South Main St).
The event is centered on the color white and its significance in the Caribbean culture. Shane Samuel ’13, the current Prime Minister of CSA, explains this year’s theme choice.
“White has a multiplicity of roles in the Caribbean culture. It is a staple color. It holds religious and historical significance,” Samuel says. “The All White Party is about Caribbean culture, Caribbean aesthetics and building familial ties with the HWS community.”
CSA has been tabling in the Scandling Campus Center. There, students can sign up to RSVP to the event or to receive a ticket in their mailboxes.
The festivities will kick off with a “mock tail” session where students can enjoy virgin mixed drinks — a combined effort between CSA and the Residence Hall Association — to promote a safe campus night life, as well as appetizers and desserts such as white chocolate covered strawberries. There will be a live DJ and open mic. This section of the event will last from 8:30-9:45 p.m. The party aspect of the event will commence at 10 p.m. and end at 1 a.m. All attendees are encouraged to wear all, or mostly, white attire as a commemoration to the culture.
The CSA is a club dedicated to spreading the tradition, language and culture of Caribbean islands to the HWS community. Throughout its 12-year history on campus, CSA has promoted and brought awareness to issues and current events that take place in the West Indies through their weekly meetings, which take place in the Intercultural Affairs house every Thursday at 7 p.m. In addition to open discussions and forums centered on Caribbean hot topics, the club also regularly hosts larger events. These events include banquet dinners, which typically feature West Indian performers, traditional Caribbean cuisine and music, master dance classes that teach traditional Caribbean dance style and artistry, and party celebrations at the barn.
Members of CSA include Shane Samuel ’13, Shanita McLeod ’13, Kelly-Ann Smith ’13, Deseray Cargill ’13, Chryssy Abdool ’13, Tatiana Soto ’15, Christina Samedy ’14, Schemeka King-Ward ’14 and Domonique Fernander ’15. The former Prime Minister, Kian Williams ’13 is currently studying abroad in Seoul, Korea.