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World Student Organization celebrates annual Multicultural Fair

ONU's World Student Organization hosted the annual Multicultural Fair in King Horn on March 24 (Northern Review photo/Dominic Turnea)

ONU's World Student Organization hosted the annual Multicultural Fair in King Horn on March 24 (Northern Review photo/Dominic Turnea)

Ohio Northern University's World Student Organization hosted its annual Multicultural Fair in King Horn Sports Center on March 24.  There were many tables with diverse organizations on campus, all with the goal to share culture and information to the Ada community. Organizations had a chance to participate in the annual talent show, along with a contest for best table design. 

From a variety of food, people, and outfits, the culture surrounding students and the community was unique. For example, the Asian Student Association served dumplings and introduced students to the art of calligraphy. The Indian Student Association served chai tea while selling elephant key chains. Students like senior forensic biology major Jessica Isaak believe that events, like the Multicultural Fair, are a great way to understand different backgrounds. 

It’s good to expose students to other cultures that represent the university,” Isaak said. 

To be part of the Multicultural Fair, an organization necessarily does not have to represent a country. For example, the pharmacy honorary society, Kappa Psi, and a variety of other organizations, attended the fair to spread awareness of global health, specifically sharing information on contaminants and diseases that are harmful all across the globe.

“We are spreading healthcare awareness. It is a universal issue. We want to make sure we emphasize that,” said junior pharmacy major Christina Marengo of the Kappa Psi organization.    

Besides learning different cultures and enjoying various food from across the world, students were able to receive information about studying abroad, and the opportunities one gains from the experience. Junior nursing major Chelsey Dues studied abroad in Thailand and understands the learning opportunities that open up:

It [studying abroad] gives a good perspective of different people, and I realize how important it means to understand,” said Dues. 

While spreading culture and global health awareness, the Multicultural Fair is a way for students and the Ada community to come together, recognizing and acknowledging the diverse cultures surrounding them.