The Colgate Scene
January 1999
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A global village

The Nagina Indian Dancers
Zambia borders Bulgaria, which is adjacent to Mexico, and all three are just a short hop from Australia.

     The countries of the globe -- represented by colorfully decorated booths laden with food and facts -- encircled the Hall of Presidents and made a visit to World Expo an excursion to remember.

Professor John McQuilton discusses his homeland.

     "I wanted to show the diversity of Colgate," says expo's student coordinator Preeti Parasharami '00, "and not just the ethnicity but people's interests."

     Each booth was staffed by students who answered classmates' questions and talked with townsfolk about their own hometowns. Customs were shared, crafts displayed or, at the Korean display, for instance, created -- bits of paper were folded until stars emerged. It could be hungry work.

Making won tons

     Luckily, there were victuals aplenty. Expo visitors were able to start off with chin chin, a Nigerian appetizer, have a sweet rice concoction at the Japanese table, then choose from German paté, Chinese won tons, Vegemite from Down Under or french fries with cheese and gravy compliments of the Canadian display. Good, eh?

Coordinator Preeti Parasharami '00 passes out flowers.
     As if eating and learning aren't enough, a steady parade of performers appeared under the palladian window at the far end of the hall. Martial arts, song, dance provided still further insight into a variety of cultures.

Folding stars at the Korean table

     The World Expo was planned under the auspices of the Colgate International Community, a cadre of student workers and Simi Wilhelm, director of fraternity and sorority affairs. Says Wilhelm, "I think World Expo appeals to a broad spectrum. Everyone can identify with the tables."

     Japan, France and Israel -- the whole world in the Hall of Presidents.

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