As in the past, the International Club will be hosting their annual Coffee House event. This event will be 7:30-9 p.m. tonight at Hub.
The Coffee House is a great platform for both international and American students to show their talents. There will be 10 performances, some of which include singing, dancing, reciting poems and acting.
“I believe that Coffee House is one of the few opportunities for us as international students to demonstrate our talents and culture in various ways,” said I-Club member Abebja Bobb-Kelly.
The tradition of Coffee House began more then 18 years ago by students in the I-Club. The idea of Coffee House was to encourage students to show their hidden talents, and build a bridge between international students and American students.
I-Club core members have been working on ideas to make the Coffee House possible for at least one month. Diviya Nyanaguru, the president of I–Club, said, “Each of the core members is in-charge for a certain task. Each of them did their tasks really well and made this event possible. I am really blessed to have these people as core members.”
This year’s performers include a few familiar faces to the Coffee House like Jahdai Dunk, Sadikshya Gautam, Bobb-Kelly and Leeorea Minnie Fluellen.
Coffee House attendees will also notice a few new faces including Clayton Ehlers, FediLia Zanniat, Heather Korinek, Dao Tran, Nao Kuramoto, Michael Cole Prescott, Fineas Cosmin Colta, Denise Cowherd, Abbey Slattery, Ana Lozano, Kory McMahan, Stephanie Aguilar, Naomi Sasaki and Rebeca Pcastanon.
“This year I will be performing a dance called Punta Garifuna which is traditional on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua,” Bobb-Kelly said. “I am dancing with Leeorea and Denise who more than friends are my sisters.”
The Coffee House event has made students aware of other traditions and cultures.
“Since my freshman and sophomore year, I have watched performances from various cultures and learned about their dances and traditions,” Nyanaguru said. “Coffee House has helped me to know the performers and about their home country better.”
To supplement Coffee House, the Hub has planned to provide two toppings for their ice cream for the price of one, so students can take a study break, enjoy the performances, socialize and enjoy the ice cream.