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An International Affair

April 30, 2015
Mohammed Alshehhi, a junior human resources major from the United Arab Emirates, took a break from dancing with his daughters.  Photo by: Devin Dronett

Mohammed Alshehhi, a junior human resources major from the United Arab Emirates, took a break from dancing with his daughters. Photo by: Devin Dronett

 

CATHERINE BURKE
Staff Reporter

 

It’s no secret that Louisiana Tech has a diverse enrollment with students from all around the world. The different cultures and customs of students at Tech were on display in the TONK for the annual International Day on April 21.

 

Dolliann Hurtig, an associate professor of French, said International Day is a festival of food and culture.

 

“The atmosphere is upbeat and carefree,” she said. “It has become a huge and positive day for campus.”

A Louisiana Tech student got a Henna tattoo at International Day.  Photo by: Avery Bryan

A Louisiana Tech student got a Henna tattoo at International Day. Photo by: Avery Bryan

 

Hurtig said the French booth includes a few of the main aspects of the French culture.

 

“We have French cuisine, such as ‘quatre-quatre’ cake, various cheeses and mini croissants, artwork done by students, a mini Eiffel Tower, French magazines and scholarly journal,” she said. “It really is a sight to see.”

 

Hurtig said International Day is highly-anticipated and celebrated by those from other countries.

 

“This day allows all international students and countries to come together for a day of union,” she said. “We all really unite as one big Tech family.”

 

Hannah Johnson, a sophomore theatre major, said all the different booths intrigued her.

Members of Grambling State University’s Iota Phi Theta fraternity performed a helicopter formation during the step show.  Photo by: Devin Dronett

Members of Grambling State University’s Iota Phi Theta fraternity performed a helicopter formation during the step show. Photo by: Devin Dronett

 

“It was really interesting to see the different cultures,” she said. “There was a man and a child that danced and one booth gave out henna tattoos. It was quite fascinating.”

 

Johnson said she would encourage anyone who has not been to attend next year.

 

“This was my first year attending and I loved it,” she said. “Make sure to bring money and an open mind.”

 

Maria Coelho, a senior interior design major, said she was thrilled to share her Brazilian culture.

 

“My Brazilian friend and I made a few classic Brazilian desserts,” she said. “All our desserts incorporated Brigadeiro, which is like a fudge.”

Brazilian food was one of the many international offerings for attendees at International Day.  Photo by: Devin Dronett

Brazilian food was one of the many international offerings for attendees at International Day. Photo by: Devin Dronett

 

Coelho said International Day is overall a fun, informational day not just for international students, but local students as well.

 

“Everyone is welcome to this festival,” she said. “It’s an amazing opportunity to experience a little bit of other cultures and to meet some great people.”

 

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