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International club seeks students of all backgrounds

The International Club was started on Eastern’s campus about six years ago.

Associate Professor of Education Josphat Yego, as well as many international students felt that it was important for the international students of Eastern’s community to meet people who were also from other countries, as well as learn about American culture.

It was also started with the intention of providing a place for students to go during winter and summer break, according to junior Terrie Mpala.

The International Club meets once a week and takes part in a variety of activities throughout the semester.

Last year, the group went to the University of Pennsylvania as well as Rosemont College to take part in events put on for international students. These events included a lot of “food, music, dancing and talking among the students,” senior Tram Pham said.

They occasionally take part in International Chapel and World Culture Day at Eastern, although they are still not sure they will take part in these this semester.

This semester, the club hopes to host a number of activities, possibly bowling or a movie night.

“We’re just going to try to have fun this year,” Mpala said.

Mpala emphasized that all students are welcome to join the club; whether or not they are international students.

Both Pham and Mpala agree that it would greatly benefit the club to have more American students join.

It would allow the international students to make more friends and integrate into American culture.

Mpala said that it definitely helped her transition into American culture by becoming a member of the International Club.

The club meets on Friday evenings from 5 to 6 in the Baird Library. All are welcome to come join them for dinner and discussion.

In February the group is headed to Villanova University for “Villanova Idol,” and event for international students at neighboring universities.

For more information about the club, contact Mpala at tmpala@eastern.edu.

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