C3 Workshop – O.N.E Pre-conference

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On Friday, February 20th, I had the pleasure of attending my first C3 Workshop – a O.N.E Pre-conference.

C3 stands for Cross-Cultural Communities, a group of Denison organizations that meet monthly to discuss campus issues, events planning, collaborations and so on. O.N.E is a half-day leadership conference centered on Organizing, Networking, and Empowering. It aims to enhance students’ leadership understanding and skills to apply in Denison community and the real-world. It is, essentially, a platform for leaders and members of different organizations on campus to meet to discuss activism, effective leadership and campus issues.

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The Annual Eid-ul-Adha Celebration on Campus

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This article was written by Aissata Barry, president of the Muslim Student Association.

On Tuesday, October 15, the Muslim Students Association (MSA) celebrated one of the most important holidays on the Islamic calendar called Eid-ul-Adha also known as the “Feast of Sacrifice.” Eid-ul-Adha marks the end of the pilgrimage to Makkah known as Hajj. Eid-ul-Adha also commemorates prophet Ibrahim’s faith and devotion to God and his willingness to obey God’s command to sacrifice his son Ismael. The story of Ibrahim is found in all of the Ibrahimic religious scriptures (Christianity, Judaism and Islam), however there is a slight difference with the narrations.

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Denison and Syria

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Collaborative Efforts to Facilitate Dialogue

Thursday October 10th marked the third event on campus concerning the conflict in Syria. Leaders from MECO (Middle Eastern Cultural Organization), Amnesty International, and  SD (Sustained Dialogue) came together and facilitated a dialogue concerning the current conflict in Syria. Open to all on campus, the event came into being after some of the facilitators were “talking casually when they came to the realization that history was happening before us. We thought about how easy it would was to be spectators–that it’s easy to watch these atrocities, and not go into action against it.” said Lisa Torio, class of 2015 and president of Amnesty International.

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Asian American Association hosts Eliot Chang!

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Asian American Association (AAA) is hosting Eliot Chang’s #SCANDALOUS Comedy Tour this Friday, November 8th at 8pm in the Roost. Please join us for a fun hour of laughs which will be immediately followed by a workshop on media.

Eliot Chang’s Comedy Central Half Hour was voted #2 in Comedy Central’s Stand Up Showdown. Other TV appearances include E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and Showtime’s “Minority Report.”

This comedian is also an actor and improviser. He studied improv in NY at Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) and then with Armando Diaz at the Magnet Theater, where he was on the house team “Jungle!

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Diwali, the Festival of Lights

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Date: November 1st, 2013 Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Location: The Open House What is Diwali?

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, and is one of the only festivals that is celebrated in all parts of India. Mythology states that Prince Ram, the heir to the throne of Ayodhya, and the favorite of his father, King Dashratha, was unfairly exiled from his kingdom by one of the  King’s other queens in an attempt to place her own son, Bharat, on the throne.

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Come Celebrate the Ghost Festival with Asian Culture Club and CCCE!

 Thursday, Oct.31st 3:30-5pm  Slayter 4th floor, Shepardson College Room What is the Ghost Festival?

 The Ghost Festival is celebrated in many Asian countries in honor of their deceased ancestors.

In China, the Ghost Festival is known as the  Zhongyuan (中原) Festival. On this day, the deceased are believed to visit the living. People will prepare ritualistic food offerings, burn incense, and burn joss paper (which is clothes), gold and other goods made out of paper. Meals would be served with empty seats for each of the deceased in the family treating the deceased as if they are still living.

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From Dream to Practice

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Please follow this link to see a trailer of Girl Rising: http://www.girlrising.com/take-action/about-film/?id10x10=undefined

Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrity writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. By using powerful storytelling, the Girl Rising film wants to deliver a simple, critical message: Educate Girls and you will Change the World.

On September 19th in Slayter Auditorium, the inspiring documentary was shown at Denison.

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DISA Day 2013

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For those of you who were not able to make it to DISA Day last week, here is a peek of what you missed!

Don’t know what DISA Day is?

This is our first event of the year and we always want to start the year of with a Bang!!

The purpose of DISA Day is to promote multiculturalism on Denison’s campus. If you look at how our world is evolving, it is becoming increasingly important to be aware of other cultures, and tradition.

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Moon Festival @ Denison

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Saturday, September 21st may have just been like any other day to you, but for a lot of the Asian students on campus it was a day that they would have normally spent at home with their families.

In some East Asian countries, especially in China and Korea, every 15th day of the 8th month in the lunar calendar is the Moon Festival. On this night the moon is supposed to be the fullest of the year. There is a tradition called “moon gazing” which is when family members go home to make traditional foods, such as dumplings, and gaze at the beautiful full moon together.

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