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Carpe Diem provides multicultural experience at Southeast

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Students pose in different ethnic dress for Carpe Diem in 2011. - Submitted photo

Carpe Diem Spring 2012 will offer Southeast students, staff and community members a night of cultural diversity.

This semester the biannual event will be held at 7 p.m. April 28 in the University Center.

According to Priya Tauro, a graduate assistant in the Office of Residence Life and part of the Carpe Diem planning committee, this year's event will include a variety of multi-ethnic experiences for those who attend.

There will be a fashion show featuring around 20 different ethnic clothing styles.

Food served at the event will range from crepes to Nepalese dumplings, fried rice and African-style plantains.

The Southeast dance department will present an Afro-modern dance, a tap dance and a Bollywood-style routine. Southeast's international students will also perform traditional dances from their native countries.

Tauro said that Carpe Diem will be the result of a lot of hard work on the part of the Office of Residence Life, the planning committee and others involved.

"There's a lot of planning, and it's been going on for months now," Tauro said.

According to Tauro, everyone will be welcome at the event, including non-student community members and families.

Tauro said she hopes that area families will bring their children to have a good time and learn from the event.

"Although it's a fun program, it's a very culturally educational program, too," Tauro said.

Tauro said that Carpe Diem is a night to celebrate and have a good time, but it is also a time to embrace the diversity of cultures at Southeast and in Cape Girardeau.

"The purpose of Carpe Diem is to celebrate every student on this campus and not just to celebrate every student, but where they come from, what they are and what they represent," Tauro said.

More information about the upcoming event can be found on the Carpe Diem Spring 2012 Facebook page.