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MOSAIC hosts third annual banquet
Mt. A and Sackvillecommunity cometogether to celebrate
Mount Allison’s Multicultural Organizationand Social Arena or International Cooperation(MOSAIC), a student-run organization, heldtheir third annual Banquet last Saturday,March 16. Te banquet was a celebration o multiculturalism that included great oodand antastic perormances representingmany countries around the world. Te goalso MOSAIC are to bridge the gap betweenstudents rom dierent cultures and topromote multiculturalism and internationalinvolvement in the Mt. A and Sackvillecommunity. Te banquet demonstrated thesuccess o MOSAIC in reaching these goals. Te event was held in Jennings Dining Hall, which was beautiully decorated with balloons,globe centrepieces, and colourul paperornaments that dangled rom the ceiling. Teroom quickly lled with students, proessors,and Sackville community members o all ages,many dressed in culturally traditional clothing. Te evening started o with a delectablebuet-style dinner. It eatured a wide array o dishes rom twelve countries around the world.Guests began with a Mexican-style appetizero chips and salsa. Tey then had the choicebetween soups rom Tailand and Italy, saladrom East Arica, and various main dishes,including choices rom Brazil, Spain, India,Iran, China, and Korea, and nished withCanadian Nanaimo bars and Polish applecake or dessert. Each dish had a unique anddelicious favour, all prepared by MOSAICmembers and Jennings sta. “We had aroundteen cooks, and Che om and his crew went above and beyond,” said MOSAICVice-President Margaret Kromminga, whocoordinated the meal preparation or the event. Ater dinner was served, there was a lineupo outstanding perormances that providedexcellent entertainment and a taste o many dierent cultures rom around the world. Mt. A’s International Choir was rst to perorm, with two members singing a beautiul Japaneseduet ollowed by a rendition o “Brother John”by the whole choir. Te audience even joined in. Tere were many other perormances, includinga Chinese fute perormance, a poetry reading,several dance numbers, a Bengali love song, andan acoustic version o “Oppan Gangnam Style.”“Te perormances were so good!” statedHaruho Kubota, the President o MOSAIC. Te audience agreed, cheering and applaudingenthusiastically ater each perormance. An award ceremony and a ‘Tank You’ videocreated by MOSAIC concluded the successulevening. Matali Sharan and Kubota received theClass o ’33 Award or promoting cross-culturalawareness and understanding. Te banquetran smoothly, and guests let satised ateran evening o great ood, entertainment, andmingling. But what guests did not see were themonths o hard work and planning behind thescenes. Te members o MOSAIC put a lot o time and eort into making sure the event was asuccess, and this presented challenges at times.“It was hard to get a lot o people at this timeo the year. Always having someone at ticketsales was a challenge,” Kromminga said, butin the end, “it has surpassed my expectations.” Te banquet proved to be an excellentchance to help bridge the gap betweenstudents rom dierent cultures and topromote multiculturalism at Mt. A and within the Sackville community. Kubotaclaimed that the best part o the experience was the, “teamwork. When everyone doestheir part, it comes together. And it did.”
MOSAIC hosted their third annual banquet lled with food, entertainment, music, and celebration.
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