‘United’ highlights campus harmony through diversity

Sharina Taveras Lopez
April 14, 2014

More than 300 students cheered and applauded as dozens of their peers took center stage – dancing, singing, reciting spoken word and strutting their fashion sense to showcase campus diversity and unity in McDaniel’s first cultural show, “United.”

More street fair than stage production, the April 11 event also featured games, activities and tables laden with traditional food, from churros with hot chocolate sauce to Asian floating cake to African meat pie and even cotton candy and chicken tenders.

The rain and wind that moved the three-hour event from Memorial Plaza inside to Ensor Lounge failed to dampen its block party atmosphere. One glance around the room left no doubt that the spirit and goals of event organizers Erica Owusu and Georgiette Oduro-Boateng had been fulfilled.

“United” indeed spotlighted the many cultures represented on campus while accenting unity among McDaniel students, just as the two junior Biology majors and leaders of event-presenting club, Africa’s Legacy (pictured below), hoped it would.

Also involved were the Asian Community Coalition, Black Student Union and Hispano-Latino Alliance with Phi Delta Theta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Phi Kappa Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Sigma Phi and Alpha Theta Gamma sororities and fraternities.