Experience cultures at Trine in ‘Amazing Race’

Road blocks and detours will help those attending Trine University’s 49th annual International Night experience and celebrate the diverse cultures represented on campus.

Held in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center, International Night, themed “Trine’s Amazing Race: Bridging the Gap Among Nations,” will take place beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 8. All festivities are free and open to the public, with the exception of an optional paid dinner in Whitney Commons.

International Night opens with the Amazing Race held in the University Center Mall. Featuring route information, road blocks and detours, the race includes more than 40 booths filled with cultural music, food, exhibits and various activities showcasing more than 20 different countries represented at Trine University.

Activities will include games and challenges at various booths in addition to favorite stations like caricatures, jewelry, henna art and reiki Japanese massage. This year the event will add a host family recruitment booth, where current host families and international students will share their experiences learning different ways of life.

Those who attend are encouraged to visit as many booths as possible, take pictures with new friends and post on social media with #TrineiNight2017.

Dinner will be available from 5-7 p.m. in Whitney Commons at a price of $9 for community members and $5.50 for children 10 or younger, featuring cuisine by Bon Appetit from Japan, India, China, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Vietnam, France and Latin American countries.

At 7 p.m., attendees can enjoy performances by students, faculty and staff in Fabiani Theatre, including traditional dances from the capital, west and south of Saudi Arabia; a Nepali-Hindi dance; a K-Pop dance; a Chinese duet; a Kenyan song; a traditional Japanese fisherman’s dance; a Bollywood dance; and a “Running the Race” video created by international and U.S. students.

International Night enables students, faculty and staff from other nations to share their cultures with the Trine campus and Angola community. The event also provides an opportunity for all to experience and celebrate Trine’s growing international population and embrace its members as part of the community.