HOUGHTON - Martial arts, salsa dancing and fashions and cuisine from around the globe came together Sunday at Michigan Technological University for International Night.
The program, put on by the International Club, had gone on for many years in the past before falling away a couple years ago, said Ashima Chhabra, president of the International Club. This is its second year back.
"Now we're trying to be consistent, get this organization back to the strength it should be at," she said.
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Students model fashions from around the globe during a fashion show as part of International Night at Michigan Technological University Sunday night.
While many of the campus associations put on their own events during the year, such as African Night or Diwali Night, International Night is a chance for all the clubs to share their performances with each other in the same space, Chhabra said.
Beforehand, the International Club tries to get contributions from each student organization.
"I feel like I-Club is there to help everybody mingle around on campus and in the community," she said. "There's so many diverse students in the community, that it brings everyone together to celebrate the diversity we have."
The crowd ate a wide selection of international foods, including chicken curry, Mexican tamales, German Fleisch Kuechle and Iranian pudding.
The international flavor continued onstage with salsa dancing from Nosotros, a martial arts demonstration from the Aikido Club, a performance by the MTU Swing Club and more.
The three-piece band Tiger Buck Lion performed the original composition "Love Without Borders." The band's name represented the origins of each band member - India, the Upper Peninsula and Argentina.
Playing drums made in Hancock, the Keweenaw Community Drum Project pounded rhythms from Haiti and Senegal. Some from the crowd danced or played extra drums lined up beside the stage.
The night's grand finale, set to the 2010 World Cup theme "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)," led off with a soccer match. The nimble footwork led to flopping, a mock fight, and shots on goal by Blizzard T. Husky.
It quickly expanded to bring in previous performances from the night, and culminated in a mass of people on the dance floor.
Ecology senior Eryn Grupido enjoyed the dancing, music and food. Her favorite was the salsa.
"They're all my friends and I salsa dance with them, so I'm biased," she said. Grupido also praised the finale, saying "It's cool that the guys had their soccer jerseys on."
Sai Petluru, a masters student in mechanical engineering, was at his first International Night. He enjoyed the salsa dancing, as well as the Indian dancing.
"It's awesome," he said. "There are so many countries in the same place, you get to see people. That's the best part."