MSC students unite through festival

MSC students Ben Proehl and Alex Falloom rumbled in the Sumu wrestling ring during Unity Fest Wednesday afternoon.

The 2010 Unity Fest at Mesa State College kicked-off Wednesday afternoon with fun and games.

The day’s theme was “Unity Through Games” and adventurous students enjoyed several bump-n-jump style activities including the Boulderdash, Sumu wrestling, a basketball bounce and an elastic jump.

Organized annually by the Cultural Diversity Board, the event focuses on bringing students of different cultures together as a unified student body.

“We want students to explore all that’s available to them here,” said Jessica Chavez, president of the Gay-Straight Alliance.

Many campus clubs were handing out free t-shirts, pens or keychains, and providing information about various campus organizations.

“It really encompasses everyone not as different groups but united as Mesa State students together,” said student Pono Ordonio, a member of the Cultural Diversity Board.

In addition to the games, the nursing students provided a health fair which included information about tobacco cessation, alcohol, contraception and exercise. The students discussed preventative health issues such as skin cancer awareness and cardiovascular screenings.

Student Ashley Barviga said it was important for students to be involved with on-campus events such as Unity Fest because it contributed to the overall college experience. “It’s just really important because you never get this part of your life back,” she said.

Thursday’s festival events will take place from 2-5 p.m. and will include an art club sale, fry bread demostration, a burrito eating contest, and a dance performance by Greg Morgan.

Friday from 2-5 p.m. there will be a performance by Native American singer Tim Trujillo, an Aztec Cumbia dancer, tango dancing and Words with a Pulse.

Saturday evening the festival will conclude from 4-7:30 p.m. with a luau, dinner and Polynesian show.

For more information about Unity Fest, visit the Cultural Diversity Board page on Facebook.


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