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Through the community and cultural bonds fostered by “K-Edge,” the University’s first audition-based Korean interest dance group, what started as a typical K-Pop based dance group, has evolved into more. It has become a home for members to unify and celebrate their love and passion for one another, dance and Korean culture, all while nurturing core values of hardwork and discipline.
One could hardly miss the enchanting images of bright pink fans bursting with energy –– the swirls of color and movement radiating throughout Ern Commons Saturday. Vivid traditional Chinese umbrellas opened and closed to the beat of various styles of music as the smell of freshly-cooked Chinese food filled the air. The laughter, cheer and smiles attracted about 150 students from various backgrounds –– enthusiastic to learn about Chinese tradition –– to join the Chinese Student Association in celebrating the annual Full Moon Festival.
Blurs of colorfully patterned skirts spun fervently about the front of the room, embodying the excitement and enthusiasm tangible throughout the Student Activities Building. Both popular Bollywood and traditional songs played overhead, signaling choreography shifts to the rows of dancers as one ended and the next began — the Hindu Student Council at U.Va.’s annual Navratri celebration was well under way.
Despite the dark clouds looming overhead, the University’s Amphitheatre shined bright with color and patriotism as the smell of fresh food and the sounds of laughter and cheer filled the air. In celebration of the State of Israel’s 71st birthday, Hoos for Israel and the Hillel Jewish Leadership Council united to host the third annual IsraelFest. Roughly 300 students and community members met at the Amphitheatre Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to experience Israeli culture, food, music and art.
If you’ve ever toured the Fralin Museum of Art at the University, it’s likely you’ve come in contact with the museum’s admired student docents. This year, the Fralin celebrates its 30th anniversary of the Student Docent program, a program which serves as a channel for curious, enthusiastic students to discover, ignite and share their passion for art with students and members of the Charlottesville community by encouraging interaction and connection with the art.
When third-year Curry student Nicole Baker first entered the University, she knew she wanted to make her college experience meaningful by immersing herself in something she’s deeply passionate about. After encouragement from her friends, Baker decided serving as a mentor in the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) might be the path for her. In joining the program, she was prepared to be selfless and take on mentoring a young, middle school aged girl — what she didn't expect was to be paired with a little girl who would help Baker herself grow and develop as a strong woman and leader.
Walking down the Lawn, it is not uncommon to see bright, artistic decorations adorning the doors of the University’s Lawn residents. One often sees flyers for upcoming a cappella concerts or advertisements for clubs to join. However, as anyone passing by can see, the door of Lawn room 10 is a bit different from all the others. Fourth-year Global Public Health student Dan Xia’s door is embellished with over 800 colorful sticky notes, each with a personalized message from strangers who pass his room.
The Indian Student Association and Hindu Student Council joined forces this past Thursday in Ern Commons to celebrate Diwali — the Hindu festival of lights.
Students and members of the Charlottesville community alike joined the Jewish Leadership Council at the Brody Jewish Center on Friday for the Second Annual Unity Shabbat. The diverse mix — including groups of friends, local families and enthusiastic newcomers — gathered to stand in solidarity to reflect upon the Neo-Nazi rallies of Aug. 11 and 12 last summer and show support for their peers and the Jewish Community that exists both on and off Grounds.