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9 events you won’t want to miss this term at Lawrence University

Story by Awa Badiane ’21

Each term at Lawrence University is so packed full of great events, it can be difficult to keep track of them all. That’s why I put together this list of nine events Lawrentians won’t want to miss this spring term. Let this serve as a guide to your social plans for the next few weeks.

Have other events you’re excited to attend? Tell us about your favorite upcoming dates in our social media comments.

1) Greek Week
I still have songs from last year’s lip-sync battle stuck in my head. During the seventh week of the term, most of the Greek-associated groups on campus come together and for a week-long Battle of the Greeks. Each day throughout the week, a different group takes over and hosts an event to raise money for their charity of choice. This all leads up to a lip-sync battle in the Amphitheater between all the sororities and fraternities that participated throughout the week. You won’t want to miss that battle!

2) LI Spring Formal
I love a good excuse to get dressed up. Each year during the spring and fall terms, Lawrence International hosts a bi-annual formal. This year is no different, as LI hosts the annual Spring Formal on May 10 at Liberty Hall. There will be a bus running from campus to Liberty Hall every 15 minutes starting at 9:45 p.m. Have you thought about what you might wear yet?

3) Stole Ceremonies
“You may now move your tassels from right to left.” As we count down to graduation, many groups on campus say goodbye and congratulate their seniors with a stole to wear during the graduation ceremony. To present the stoles to the graduates, many groups hold ceremonies to celebrate the seniors and their accomplishments. Keep your eyes peeled when walking around campus for more information about these ceremonies!

4) Movies on the Quad
Is that the sun?? As the snow finally melts away, the Diversity Center wants to help you enjoy the nice weather. The Diversity Center will be hosting “Movies on the Quad” in May. They plan to have a giant projector to display the movie, and there will be lots of popcorn. What movies are on your to-see list?

5) Spring term means spring sports
“HOME RUN!!!” Be sure to keep up with the softball, baseball, and track teams’ schedules so you can go out and support our Vikes! On May 4, starting at 10 a.m., head over to Whiting Field to support the track team at their only home meet of the spring season. Watching people run is fun for me, but actually running, not so much.

6) Jazz jams
Need a study break? Every Monday in Mead Witter (on second floor in the Warch Campus Center), students come together to play jazz from 9:30 p.m. until midnight. This is open to all and gives students who don’t know much about music the opportunity to learn more.

7) DJ Lucas
I have been looking for new music to listen to! On Monday, April 29, WLFM is featuring Massachusetts-based rapper DJ Lucas in Esch Hurvis for a private concert just for Lawrence students.

8) World Music Series
Not the World Series, but the World Music Series. On Monday, May 27 at Stansbury Theater, the World of Music Series continues with featured meditative traditional ceremonial pieces and vibrant contemporary works by Balinese composers.

9) LUAroo
Last but not least, Lawrence University’s annual LUAroo. Otherwise known as “Lawrence’s Coachella,” it is happening once again. This giant darty (day party) will be taking place May 25- 26 on the quad. I have to download Tobi Lou and Oshun now so I can know all the lyrics in time.

Awa Badiane is a student writer in the Communications office.

Photo gallery: Cabaret performances take audiences on Odyssey of Cultures

Dynamic dancing, singing and fashions were on display over the weekend as the 43rd annual Cabaret took visitors to Stansbury Theatre on a journey around the world.

Cabaret, presented by Lawrence International, is a highlight of spring term on the Lawrence University campus. This year’s theme was Odyssey of Cultures.

More than 80 international students took part, showcasing elements of their history and culture in two performances.

Below is a sampling of photos from the big weekend. You can find a larger photo gallery here.

Annual Cabaret to showcase music, dance, fashion from around the world

A performance of Thousand-hand Guan Yin at 2018 Cabaret.
A performance of Thousand-hand Guan Yin at 2018 Cabaret.

Story by Ed Berthiaume / Communications

Cabaret, one of Lawrence University’s most cherished traditions, will take visitors on a journey of discovery this weekend.

With the theme Odyssey of Cultures, the 43rd annual celebration presented by Lawrence International will feature music, dance and fashion from places near and far, embracing our differences and joyously holding up our diversity as a point of light.

It’s a chance to not only soak in some beautiful performances on the Stansbury Theatre stage but also to learn a little something along the way, said Yidi Zhang ’20, president of Lawrence International (LI), the student organization that presents the annual extravaganza.

“Most of the feedback I get is really positive and encouraging, but sometimes I don’t think people are focusing on the educational part of Cabaret,” Zhang said. “That’s what I’m trying to emphasize this year. I started collecting information from all of the performers on their cultural background and which part of their culture they’re drawing from in their performance.”

To that end, posters will be displayed outside of Stansbury providing background on the songs being sung, the dances being performed and the fashions being displayed.

Cabaret will include 11 performance groups featuring 80 international students from Lawrence.

Performances are set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7 in Stansbury Theatre. A free reception with cultural dishes in the Warch Campus Center’s Somerset room will follow Sunday’s performance

A performance of Tong Que Fu at 2018 Cabaret.
A performance of Tong Que Fu at 2018 Cabaret.

For Zhang, a junior from China majoring in music management, the educational component that comes with Cabaret is valuable on multiple levels. Taking an interest in and understanding other cultures is an important part of being an informed, enlightened, educated citizen of the world.

“Cabaret is only a starting point to encourage people to know the cultures, to get to know the people of other cultures,” Zhang said.

Photo gallery: See images from last year’s Cabaret

When Cabaret marked its 40th anniversary three years ago, our video cameras went behind the scenes: See it here

That goes for audience members coming to watch Cabaret as well as those participating in the production.

“We have more international students on campus now, so it’s not only for the international students to show what they have, it’s also for those international students to learn from each other,” Zhang said.

The number of international students at Lawrence — foreign nationals and those with dual citizenship — has jumped from about 50 a decade ago to more than 270 today. They come from 63 countries.

Lawrence International gives those students a chance to connect with other international students both academically and socially. While the annual Cabaret performance is the group’s most visible activity, it’s far from its only benefit, said Leah McSorely, associate dean of students for International Student Services.

“At LI, we talk about it as a family, a home away from home, so the students can really build a strong bond with each other and can support each other as they transition into this new culture. Cabaret is a chance to share just a little piece of their cultures, and hopefully get people interested in learning more.”

Zhang will be part of the entertainment lineup. She’s a singer-songwriter who has rounded up three other music students to perform a song that has deep roots in Chinese culture.

She’s a big believer in music’s ability to bring people together.

“I really do think that working with different artists to incorporate different aspects of the world together is a beautiful thing,” Zhang said. “Bringing the whole world together is my personal, ideal view of how the world should be, and music is doing that.”

Going to Cabaret

What: Cabaret, with the theme An Odyssey of Cultures

Where: Stansbury Theatre in the Music-Drama Center, Lawrence University

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (free reception with cultural dishes in the Warch Campus Center’s Somerset room will follow Sunday’s performance)

Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under 4. For Lawrence students, the $5 will be donated to the LI Grant fund or, if requested, refunded. Tickets are available at the LU box office at 920-832-6749 or www.lawrence.edu/conservatory/box_office. For more information, contact li@lawrence.edu.

Ed Berthiaume is director of public information at Lawrence University. Email: ed.c.berthiaume@lawrence.edu

Lawrence International Hosts 38th Annual Cabaret

More than 100 students representing 46 countries will offer a cross-cultural trip around the world from the stage of the Lawrence Memorial Chapel Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. when Lawrence International presents its 38th annual Cabaret.

Cabaret_newsblog_2Under the theme “Cultural Connection: Arriving at the Global Terminal,” Cabaret 2014 features a variety of entertainment followed by a reception of international culinary delights.

Tickets — free for children under four, $5 for children/students and $10 for adults — are available at the Warch Campus Center Information Desk, 920-832-7000 and include the reception.

“This year’s theme was chosen to portray something that many of us, either as international students or as people, experience: travelling,” explained Lawrence International president Diana Szteinberg Burstyn, a junior from Bolivia. “This year we focused on making the show more interactive. We have a very wide range of regions being represented, including the United States.”

Cabaret Graphic_newsblogOnce again, Cabaret will showcase dancing and singing from all corners of the globe in 14 separate performances, including Bollywood, Ghanian and Ethiopian dances, Thai and French songs, plus a two-part fashion show displaying traditional native dress. Sushi, samosa, fruit platters and crab rangoons and other international treats will perform their own variety show in a reception following the performances.

“Cabaret is a great way of combining cultures, art and fun,” said Szteinberg Burstyn. “Lawrence International’s main goal is to expose different cultures and bring anyone who wants to learn about them to this event. Cabaret utilizes a great resource — the students — and makes them become part of something bigger, connecting Lawrence to the community of the Fox Valley and to the rest of the world.”

This year’s Cabaret schedule includes:

  • Belly Dance
  • Ghanian Dance
  • Classical Indian Dance
  • French Song
  • Fashion Show, Part 1
  • Bangladeshi Dance (Punjabi Wedding)
  • ArgentineanTango
  • Vietnamese Dance
  • New Zealand Haka
  • Ethiopian Dance
  • Thai Song
  • Fashion Show, Part 2
  • Bollywood Dance
  • Hula Dance
  • Peruvian Dance
  • Japanese Dance

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.


World Culture, Fashion Celebrated in Annual International Cabaret

More than 100 Lawrence University students from around the globe will perform during the 35th annual Lawrence International Cabaret, a musical celebration of world culture.

With a theme of “Unity in 57” — a salute to the 57 countries represented in the Lawrence student body — two performances will be staged in Stansbury Theatre of the Music-Drama Center: Saturday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m. A buffet dinner featuring international dishes will be served in the Warch Campus Center following the Sunday performance. In keeping with the theme, the dinner promises 57 ingredients.

Tickets, at $8 for the performance only and $17 for the show and dinner, are available through the Lawrence Box Office, 920-832-6749.  Children four and under are free.

This year’s Cabaret also will include some fund-raising activities to support victims of the floods in Pakistan, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and various campus organizations involved in humanitarian projects, such as Globemed, which supports a children’s school and health care facility in Ecuador.

“We want to broaden the reach of Lawrence International to be an organization that’s more than just a tableau of cultures,” said LI President Siddhant Dayal, a senior from Mumbai, India. “We want to be an organization that makes a positive difference around the world, especially in the home countries of our students.”

Cabaret features nearly two dozen acts, including a pair of fashion shows highlighting the colorful dress of students’ native countries, music from Bali, Brazil, Ghana and Japan as well as traditional dance performances from Belarus, the Caribbean, China, Ethiopia, Japan, Ghana, the Indian Subcontinent and Latin America.

“Trip Around the World” Goal of Lawrence International’s 34th Annual Cabaret

With a theme of “Around the World in 90 Minutes,” more than 80 Lawrence University students promise a whirlwind global tour in two performances of Lawrence International’s 34th annual Cabaret Saturday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday April 11 at 3 p.m. in Stansbury Theatre of the Music-Drama Center, 420 E. College Ave. A buffet dinner featuring international dishes will be served in the Warch Campus Center following the Sunday performance.

Tickets, at $8 for the show and $15 for the show and dinner, are available through the Lawrence Box Office, 920-832-6749. Children four and under are free.

“Cabaret is a unique and entertaining way to experience the music, dance, food and fashion of cultures from around the world,” said Tim Schmidt, Lawrence International advisor. “The students put so much of themselves into this every year and are so proud to share part of their culture. I encourage the Lawrence and Fox Valley community to join us and see first-hand all that Cabaret has to offer.”

Students will showcase traditional fashion from their native countries as well as perform a wide range of entertainment, including native dances from China, Japan, Latin America, the Subcontinent, Africa and Vietnam, music from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Korea and Brazil and a group didjeridu performance .

A Window to the World: Lawrence International Hosts 33rd Annual Cabaret

APPLETON, WIS. — More than 80 students from around the world are scheduled to perform when Lawrence International presents its 33rd annual Cabaret — “A Window to the World” — Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. A buffet dinner featuring delectable international dishes will be served in Colman Hall following the performance.

Tickets, at $10 for the show and $15 for the show and dinner, are available through the Lawrence Box Office, 920-832-6749. Children 6 and under are free.

“Cabaret is a vibrant celebration of life through music, song, dance and cuisine from around the world,” said Tim Schmidt, Lawrence International advisor. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for Lawrence’s international students to share a part of their own culture and heritage with other members of the campus as well as the greater Fox Valley community.”

This year’s schedule of 17 separate performances include a hip-hop dance-off, a vocal performance from Sudan, a Chinese instrumental performance and native dances from Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Japan, India, Latin America, Ukraine and Vietnam, among others.

Lawrence International Student Organization presents the 30th Annual Cabaret

The 30th Annual International Cabaret and Dinner is set for 4:00 p.m. April 9 in Stansbury Theatre, located in the Lawrence Music-Drama Center, 420 E. College Ave., Appleton. Lawrence International Student Organization is hosting the event

The cabaret is an occasion to celebrate life though music, dance, and cuisine from around the world. With that in mind, the theme for this year’s student-coordinated extravaganza is “Festival of Life.” This year’s show will include over 75 performers and 16 performances from every continent making it one of the biggest cabarets in recent memory at Lawrence. Popular dances such as the subcontinental dance, the belly dance from the Middle East, and dances from Africa are back again this year, along with new dances such as the Cossack dance from Russia, and the cha-cha.

An international dinner will follow the performance at Lucinda’s in Colman Hall. The menu includes a variety of dishes from the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Africa, making it an excellent opportunity to experience a variety of dishes from around the world.

Tickets are $7 for the show only, and $12 for dinner and the show. Tickets are available at the Lawrence University Box Office, located in the Music-Drama Center, or by phone at 920-832-6749, beginning March 27.

Lawrence University Hosts African-Jamaican Dinner Nov. 13

Lawrence University’s international student organization will host an African-Jamaican dinner Sunday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. in Lucinda’s in Colman Hall, 212 S. Durkee St. Tickets, at $7 per person, can be reserved by calling 832-6509. Seating is limited to 200.

The two-continent cuisine will feature West African peanut pork, Jamaican curried chicken, African yellow raisin rice, West African greens, Mafe (a Senegalese stew made from ground peanuts and sweet potatoes), tropical fruit salad, banana cake with banana sauce and Jamaican fruit punch. The dinner also will include an exhibition of cultural items and traditional music from both areas.

Lawrence International is a student organization of nearly 100 active members representing more than 50 foreign countries.