MU hosts third International Day

By MATTHEW DIXON

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

Tuesday marked a day of acceptance for many MU students as the school marked its place in the international community.

The third annual MU International Day began with a flag ceremony, in which MU’s international students carried their country’s flags from the columns to Lowry Mall. The day continued with an international bazaar, which featured cuisine, crafts and games from countries around the world.

The event was organized by the Missouri International Student Council.

“When I came two years ago, I attended this event,” student council President Li Tang said. “I was a flag carrier then, now I get to organize the event so it means a lot to me.”

The assistant director of MU’s International Center, David Currey, said the event had a great impact, especially the flag ceremony.

“It’s to demonstrate that they care about being a part of this community,” Currey said. “I think with the flags it’s an important way to do that. It’s a statement and it’s important to make that sort of a statement.”

Curry said there has been about a 15 to 20 percent increase in international students but that most of those students are from East Asia.

President of the African students association, Patricia Vewenda ran a booth at the bazaar and said she was happy with the way the day turned out.

“Different organizations come together and show their culture, I think it’s a very beautiful thing,” she said. “I think MU is very welcoming, they do a lot of very different things to try and welcome new international students and for the ones that are already here, make them feel at home.”

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