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International students offer education, entertainment for community this fall

September 28, 2009 12:00AM

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The Americans have been very good to us, and we're trying to return the favor. "
~ Vidhi Kundalia, president of ISA
nternational Student Association at Pittsburg State University is offering a variety of events this fall designed to give the community a peek into cultures from across the world.

The ISA will host a soccer tournament from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, in the field behind the PSU Student Recreation Center. Teams from Paraguay, India and Brazil have signed up so far, and the organization is hoping for several more teams, including those with American students. The tournament has become an annual event for the group, and is open to the public. Trophies will be awarded to the top teams.

The organization is also preparing for two other upcoming events that appeal to the taste buds, as well.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights celebration held each year at PSU's Weede gymnasium, is set this yet for Nov. 7 (time TBA). The traditional Indian celebration is hosted by the Indian Student Association, and features catered food representing the different regions of the country as well as a fashion show. Last year, the event drew 400 participants.

Tastes and Sounds of Nations will also be held in November. The cultural fair includes performances from a variety of countries, and offers foods and wares from across the world. The event is scheduled from 7:30-10 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Weede gymnasium.

"We're happy to share our cultures," said Vidhi Kundalia, president of ISA, adding that approximately 40 countries are represented in the organization this year. "The Americans have been very good to us, and we're trying to return the favor. We want to learn different things from every culture."

For more information, contact Kundalia at 620-704-5303.

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