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The exotic colours, costumes and foods of the Caribbean were on display yesterday, as the Caribbean Students' Organization hosted their first annual Caribbean Cultural Festival in the University Community Centre atrium.
The festival represented the 29 islands of the west Caribbean and featured a unique mix of French, Spanish and African culture.
Students lined up to get a chance to enjoy traditional foods offered by the CSO and its 'virgin' beverages, like daiquiris and pia coladas. Hair braiding was also offered.
Various booths displayed tourism information, history, geography, traditional garb and a video of Carnival in Trinidad a spirited annual festival on the island.
Plans for the evening included further celebration at the Drink Nightclub where calypso, reggae, salsa and other island music were played.
"Lots of spirit, music and friendliness is what we're all about," said CSO president Fernerin Hanna. "We hope people take a piece away and learn something about the richness of the culture."
Is there anything cell phones can't do?
A new charity is hoping Western students can help out with something they are known best for cell phones.
Mobile For Life Foundation, a new student-run charitable organization, tried to convince the University Students' Council at Wednesday's meeting to join its inaugural campaign.
MFLF co-chair person Justin Andrew Steepe, a second-year administrative and commercial studies student, said the charity's goal was to collect old cell phones and use the profit received from their reselling to build Rapid Response Mobile Command Vehicles.
These vehicles would be deployed by the International Red Cross to assist in global disaster zones, Steepe said.
Huron University College councillor Chris Sinal brought forth a motion to endorse the charity, pending review from the USC charity review committee.
The motion was passed by a clear majority.
Incorrect information appeared in an article entitled "USC considers charity" in the Nov. 22 edition of The Gazette.
The Mobile For Life Foundation campaign will be launched Jan. 18 and donated phones will be purchased for $5 or more.
The Gazette regrets the errors.