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The better of being a proud Indian: Aikytha Night 2017

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On Nov. 18, 2017, the India Student Organization hosted Aikytha or India night and there are only three words that can describe such an event: colorful, exciting and creative. As you walk into the Atwood Ballroom you are surrounded by a feeling of friendliness and overall positive energy, and that never dimmed once throughout your time there. The evening was made up of dancing, food, fun and enthusiastic vibes, that as an audience member, it makes you feel as if you were in India that very night. This was the idea the organization had gone off of when the whole event was staged as a flight simulator. When the audience has arrived into “India,” right away we started to witness the culture of the country. Creatively, they expressed their traditions with a story of a couple, one from northern India and the other from southern India, and their desire to…

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India Night Gallery

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All images by Chelsea Bauman.

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Japan Night 2016 takes new angle, finds success

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Cheers and roaring applause could be heard in the Atwood Ballroom as the 2016 Japan Night wrapped up Saturday evening. “Our goal this year was to make a breakthrough,” said JP Network President SJ Drong. He said the organization’s hope for this year’s event was to bring the cultural experience as close as possible to what you would find in Japan. “That’s our motivation,” he said. “We want to bring that experience here to St. Cloud State University for the students and community to enjoy and to actually educate them about Japanese culture.” Drong said the turnout was bigger than expected. A line wrapped around upstairs in Atwood as people waited to enter. Around 5:30 p.m., the doors opened. When people finally made it through, students with the JP Network bowed as they walked in. The ballroom was decorated with lamps that were strung up, all connecting back to a…

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History Day 2015 showcased in Atwood

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Hundreds of students from region school districts showcased their projects for central Minnesota’s History Day 2015 competition in Atwood on Saturday. The History Day judges came to the Atwood Memorial Center Saturday morning for an orientation from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. to learn what exactly judging entails. After the orientation, the 57 judges were cut loose to make their way through Atwood to examine roughly eight presentations each. This year’s theme was “Leadership and Legacy.” Students showcasing their projects had advanced from a school competition. Broken into two divisions, there was a junior division, grade six to eight, and a senior division which were high school students. Students were to give either an individual or group performance, display an exhibit, or show their documentary and website. If the student chose to write a research paper, it was to be sent off and judged by state. Moving through Atwood’s Ballroom…

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Spoken word artist delivers powerful messages at Atwood

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Kyla Lacey, spoken word artist, took the stage Wednesday night in the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom to recite her poetry in spoken word format. Before Lacey’s performance, Chelsea Vanloon, president of UPB, shared how their organization came across Lacey. “UPB goes to this conference called NACA, the National Association for Campus Activities. Usually there are a lot of filler acts, but that’s where we found [Lacey],” Vanloon said. “Spoken word is a niche, so it’s usually the same group of people coming out, so giving them a new perspective is what we were aiming for,” Vanloon said. “[Lacey] talked about things such as women’s issues and race and we thought that would fit SCSU.” Lacey is from Orlando, Fla. and is an environmental enthusiast, an artist and animal lover, at one point telling audience members to add her on the popular photo sharing app Instagram if they had pet cats at…

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Positive Turnout for MLK Day Breakfast

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Community members and leaders, St. Cloud State students and faculty joined together to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with breakfast and day of service in the Atwood Ballroom. Breakfast started at 7 a.m. Attendees hung their coats and got in line for a buffet-style breakfast. With at least 360 people registered for the event, the Ballroom continued to fill throughout the morning. The room rustled until just before 8 a.m. when Debra Leigh, event coordinator and CARE director, came to the podium to introduce SCSU students Jasmine Goodman and Sie Ben Traore. Goodman and Traore continued by welcoming President Potter to the stage. “I’ve always marveled at leaders who would put themselves at risk of losing their lives, because they would not be silent, because they would act,” Potter said. “Many leaders have put themselves in front.” “Dr. King did not die for what he believed,” he said. “He…

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