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Caribbean Week

Think the weeks between Thanksgiving and winter break are too stressful? Think again! The Caribbean Student Association (CSA) is hosting events from Tuesday, Dec. 2 – Friday, Dec. 5. Come celebrate Caribbean culture and learn about games, food, and festivities.

Things will kick off with a Caribbean Game Night from 8 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2 in the Intercultural Affairs House (ICA). Play Dominoes, Caribbean Jeopardy, and win prizes. The following night will be Caribbean Night in Saga, which will include themed food, music, decorations, and Caribbean punch (little umbrellas included). On Thursday, Dec. 4, 4:30-5:30 at ICA, there will be a panel discussion of two professors and two students talking about growing up in the Caribbean and their experiences as immigrants. Among their topics will be education, social systems, and conflict. Following the panel, you can get a “Taste of the Islands” with snacks like banana fritters and jerk chicken, from 5:30 – 6 p.m., also in the IC.

Then on Friday, Dec. 5, CSA will host “Come Celebrate,” a dinner program in Comstock Dining Room to culminate Caribbean Week. The program will include performances, poetry, awards to CSA members, and music all night. “Come Celebrate” is a ticketed event, with tickets available at the College Store and from CSA board members. The cost is $5 for students and $7 for all others. Plan to arrive at Comstock between 5:30 – 6 p.m. for cocktails, and then enjoy the main program from 6 – 8 p.m.

Finally, CSA, the Student Movement for Real Change, and the Late Night Crew of CAB are teaming up to throw an after-party in the Barn from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. This will be a Caribbean Glow Party, with glow sticks provided. DJ Jeff will provide music, so come in your dancing shoes!

CSA President Cecelia Teye says Caribbean Week is to “have fun and expose the HWS campus to Caribbean culture through music, food, and games.”

CSA’s goal is to educate the campus community about issues surrounding the Caribbean region and to explore various aspects of Caribbean culture. Each week, members talk about a different island at their meetings, and as they go, they keep track of the islands they’ve learned about on a BINGO card. Weekly meetings are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays in the ICA, and all are welcome.