Club sponsors Saamalefest
SARA KAUFMAN - CONTRIBUTOR
The event this campus has been waiting for is now just one
day away. Saamelafest 2001 hits Bowdoin's campus Friday, March 2nd. This
is the third year in a row that the International Club of Bowdoin has
been working hard to put together this fabulous event celebrating the
international diversity of our small community.
The term Saamelafest comes from combining translations of
the English word festival from several languages such as Swahili, Urdu(Pakistani),
Japanese, German, Brazilian, Alemanian and Thai. By combining all of these
words from different languages together, the term Saamelafest was born.
The goal of the day's activities is to celebrate diversity
on campus and to bring students, faculty and staff from different cultural
One highlight of the festival is the cultural performances,
coffee house style, preformed by members of the international club, other
clubs, and other individuals wanting to showcase their talent. There are
over twenty different scheduled performances for this portion of the evening.
These performances will include traditional dances, singing,
martial art demonstrations, instrumental performances and international
poetry reading. Along with international food and dessert recipes, there
will also be the opportunity to sample international cuisine specialties.
There will be a section displaying special items from different countries
around the world. The Country Display Section will include Chinese Calligraphy,
Japanese Origami (Japanese paper folding) demonstrations and other interesting
artifacts from different countries. At the end of the evening there will
be the chance to get your groove on to a variety of tunes, including Latin,
European techno, African, Asian pop, and more from around the world at
the International Dance Party!
Throughout the year, the International Club is a supportive
resource for international students. With the help of other student organizations,
and also on their own, the International Club organizes other events during
the year, including various trips, discussion dinners every Thursday night,
and events with host families. There are about 170 members of the International
Club with a wide variety of backgrounds, including Asian, African, European,
Australian, Latin American and American.
Non-International students are always welcome to participate
in events, and are encouraged to do so. With Saamelafest, the goal is
to share their cultures with the Bowdoin community. In addition, members
of the Bowdoin Host Family Programs, and students from Bates and Colby
have also been invited to partake in the event.
Everyone should definitely go to Saamelafest and support
their fellow Bowdoin students, and maybe learn something new at the same
time. This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge and, for just
a moment, leave the cold, snowy winter we are experiencing to travel to
far off places.
The International Club has worked really hard to pull this
event together to celebrate multiculturalism and to share their unique
cultural experiences with the rest of the community. The Saamelafest has
experienced great success in the last two years, and now it is up to you
to show your support so that this year's Saamelafest can have the greatest
The variety of demonstrations, presentations, and other exciting
surprises is so extensive, that there is definitely something for everyone.
Then, at the end of the night, it is time to hit the dance floor to show
off your dancing ability to tunes from around the world.
The excitement starts Friday, March 2nd at 7pm on the first
floor of Moulton Union, and I hope that everyone goes and checks out the
Saamelafest at some point during the evening. The Section of Display's
will be up for your viewing pleasure between 7pm and 10pm. The Performances
start at 7:30pm and go until 10:30pm, at which point the last event of
the day starts: the International Dance Party! So go, be supportive, learn
something, and have a blast! The event is supported by Bowdoin College
Fund for The Celebration of Diversity and SAFC