Students showcase talent and hard work at student music recital

April 22, 2015

Victoria McKenzie/ Winonan Winona State University music students Maisy Charbonneau and Patrick Miller showed off their musical talents at their junior recital on the afternoon of April 19. Miller and Charbonneau split the time of the hour-long recital to play individual pieces, with Charbonneau on the piano and Miller on the clarinet. Charbonneau said it is required for music students to do a junior and senior recital. Each student performs for a half hour for the junior recitals and an hour for senior recitals. The music department allows students

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Seniors choreograph “Nirvana” for senior capstone project

April 22, 2015

Jordan Gerard/ Winonan A senior capstone dance project has students working the performance from all aspects. Seniors in the dance minor program and others who love to dance will perform a capstone show called “Nirvana,” on April 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Vivian Fusillo Main Stage Theatre. The show is all student work, and completely student run, public relations senior and dance minor Alyssa Sawinski said. The capstone performance is an annual event for the dance minors. “The show is a combination of different

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Winona State hosts International Dinner

April 22, 2015

Michaela Gaffke/ Winonan

Winona State University celebrated its 28th annual International Dinner in Kryzsko Commons, representing the diversity in the community, on April 18. “Kaleidoscope of Cultures” was held in East Hall, where members from the Winona community gathered to celebrate international students.

Alicia Reed, assistant director of international services commented on the progress of the dinner.

“Every year the dinner gets better,” Reed said. “It is a unique opportunity for students to talk about and represent their culture.”

Winona State has 300 international students from 45 different countries who participated in the dinner and made the evening’s events possible.

The hall was adorned with flags representing different countries, with the center stage facing the dinner tables, which were decorated in purple and white.

John Otis, international club president, said he got involved as a freshman, and he enjoyed the new experiences, learning about other cultures.

Otis said the International Dinner will keep going, even though it is difficult to set up and is organized entirely by students.

The first event of the evening was a fashion show, when 20 different countries were represented. All of the participants were dressed in outfits from their country, holding true to the kaleidoscope of cultures theme.

After the fashion show, dinner was served. Along with experiencing the diversity in attire, guests were served food from various cultures.

Dinner consisted of Mediterranean salad, eggrolls, Brazilian Fejoada, South Asian Chapati, Pakistani Chicken Tandoori and Indian Biryani. According to Reed, the meal was cooked by the students who organized the event.

During the meal, the show took guests around the world, immersing the audience into different cultures’ dances and clothing. An experience in Japanese culture was first, followed by Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Additionally, there was a Kenyan dance, Brazilian song, Latin American dance, English song and a performance by the Winona State hip-hop dance group.

After the performances, a raffle was played. Three prizes were given out: a $20 bookstore gift card, and two $20 Wal-Mart gift cards.

Just as Reed said, the show represented the world as a giant kaleidoscope of colors, which was embodied in the two hour-long show. Many cultures came together and were recognized by the community, letting international students share where they are from.

At the end the students gathered on the stage and gave an enormous bow. The dinner was truly a giant kaleidoscope of cultures.

It’s a journey around the world,” Reed said.

Student Senate In the Know…

April 22, 2015

Ben Strand/ Winonan

Sexual assault education, election results discussed at weekly meeting

At the Student Senate meeting last week on April 15, the election results were approved for the 2015-2016 school year.

The Rochester campus requested support of the e-Warrior program to be extended to certain programs, and the senate supported the expansion.

With sexual assault posing a problem among many college campuses, there was a motion to recommend that all university decision makers are to be educated about sexual assault on campus using victim-first advocacy. It was resolved that Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA) advocates for MnSCU to train their decision makers in said manner.

Lastly, the ad-hoc diversity committee was approved to become an official committee. 

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