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  October 23, 2000

International Event to Celebrate Diversity

International food, entertainment, and a fashion show are among the fare for International Nite 2000 on Friday, Nov. 10, in the Rome Commons Ballroom in South Campus.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend and participate in the festivities from 7 p.m. to midnight. The event is sponsored by the Intercultural Federation and the Honors Council. Chancellor John Petersen will give opening remarks.

Proceeds from the event will benefit a multicultural fund that will serve as a resource for gifted minority honors students who need assistance, says Martin Sybblis, chairperson of the Honors Council social committee. Scholarships in the form of books, help with tuition and/or room and board, or a combination, will be made available to students who qualify, he says.

"A very important part of the mission of the Honors Council, the voice of about 900 honors students, is to promote diversity and encourage a sense of community, not only among honors students, but also within the UConn community and the wider Storrs neighborhood," Sybblis says.

Christopher Wentzel, executive director of the Intercultural Federation, says the purpose of International Nite 2000 is to promote campus diversity.

There will be a selection of international food, a dance competition, and a cross-cultural fashion show. Performers, models and dancers from UConn and the local community are being sought for the event, Wentzel says.

"The event helps to celebrate the multicultural diversity we have on campus," says Michael Cutlip, director of the Honors Program. He encourages people to attend. "We'd like it to be an annual happening For information on attending or participating in the events, call the Honors Program at (860) 486-4223 or Wentzel at (860) 427-2675.

Sherry Fisher