MSL Night showcases cultural performances

Daina Amorosano

Multicultural Students League hosted its annual MSL Night on March 30 in the Villanova Room despite last minute scheduling adjustments.

Each year, MSL Night is an opportunity for a multitude of cultural groups to showcase their heritages.

The theme this year was “holding it all together,” with a focus on hands. In accordance with this theme, the food for the event consisted of an array of multicultural finger foods.

The doors were originally supposed to open at 7 p.m., but after the men’s basketball win on Thursday night, juniors and co-chairs of Multicultural Students League Whitley Harbison and Diana Misdary conferred with adviser and Associate Vice President for Student Life Kathy Byrnes about moving the time to 3:30 p.m.

With the time change, MSL hosted a late afternoon rather than a night of multicultural food, dance, song and entertainment.

Traditionally, the evening is a collection of different acts that brings together all the smaller ethnic clubs, including Black Cultural Society, Latin American Student Organization, Asian Student Association and South Asian Multicultural Organized Students Association.

Each club puts on its own culture show.

The show included a lineup of acts and a fashion show that followed intermission.

Culture shows included a Vietnamese dance performed by ASA members; an Indian song performed by NASA, the dance group of SAMOSA; spoken word poetry readings; and a multicultural fashion show.

Sophomore Secretary of MSL Diane Tamir and freshman Mentru Nagbe coordinated the fashion show.

Many of the outfits were borrowed from members of the different ethnic clubs, Tamir said.

Wardrobe consisted of Indian, African, Moroccan, Philippine, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and modern or urban wear.

“The turnout wasn’t as good as we normally expect because of the game and the time change, but overall it was still a great success,” Tamir said.

“The acts were excellent, and if there had not been the game conflict, I’m sure the turnout would have been even better,” Byrnes said.

About 300 people usually attend the event, according to Byrnes.

Skits announced by the MC’s tied the evening together, according to Tamir.

MC’s not only introduced the executive board of MSL and announced the acts but also had their own skits, as did the executive board.