Columbia, Mo. — The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble brought a thousand year old culture, lively dances and singing galore to Mizzou on Oct. 8, 2013.
Hungarian folk dancers perform a traditional dance. /Photo courtesy of CAMI.
A large troupe of dancers took to the stage of Jesse Hall—men wearing horseback riding boots and feathered hats and women in long and vibrant colored dresses. As the curtains opened, the audience was met with traditional Hungarian music played by a live band. The first dance is the Csárdás, which starts off slow and then swiftly moves into the Verbunk, a dance where the men use elaborate foot movements.
One of the biggest factors contributing to the authenticity of the performance is the fact that it’s not in English. The entire two-hour Hungarian Rhapsody, as the show is commonly known, is in a language indigenous to Hungary.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Fourteen years ago, with a dream of pursuing higher education and expanding his career prospects, 17-year-old Miguel Ayllon flew alone from Lima, Peru, to the United States and started his journey in the “Land of Opportunity.”
Miguel Ayllon, president of MU Voz Latina, moved to the United States from Peru when he was 17. Photo courtesy of MU Voz Latina.
A Peruvian native and current Columbia resident, Ayllon said his home country gave him the foundation to live life with meaning and purpose and, in turn, prepared him for his journey to the United States.
“My grandfather was a congressman for 30 years in Peru and brought many contributions to Peruvian higher education,” Ayllon said. “Following the legacy of my grandfather, my dream is to someday get involved in public service with an expertise in higher education.”
After arriving in the United States, Ayllon attended high school in Georgia, received double degrees in business and communications from Bryan College and pursued his master’s degree at East Tennessee State University.
The OPCW was formed on April 29, 1997, and is located in The Hague in Netherlands. It currently consists of 189 member states (which is 98 percent of the worldwide chemical industry), including the US. It is a growing organization, with a current staff of 500, and has a 71 million dollar yearly budget.
It almost seemed that the United Nations moved its headquarters to the University of Missouri on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Over 50 flags stood together on the bricks of Lowry Mall for the International Day Flag Ceremony. Since 2008, Mizzou has hosted International Day in hopes of spreading cultural awareness to the campus and celebrating the university’s international diversity.
“International Day encompasses appreciation and awareness for the different countries that are represented within our MU University,” said Bonnie Ngo, the president of the Missouri International Student Council. “This day gives every International Students on campus the opportunity to celebrate their country’s pride, and be a part of such diversity at MU.”
China Night merges culture of Shanghai University students with MU students
By Shy Hardiman
If you weren’t at the Missouri Theatre at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21, then you missed out on a blend of Asian acrobatics, sequined gowns, and colorful culture. But good thing you’re here, because we’ve got the scoop on how the evening went down.
Shanghai University’s student dance troupe, just hours before its performance, arrived for Mizzou’s China Night. No sign of jet lag was visible as the dancers performed traditional dance routines then were rushed away backstage to do a quick costume change.
From the Yi Ethnic Dance where the dancers gently swayed left to right while playfully incorporating umbrellas, to the Tujia Ethnic Dance where their feet never seemed to stop moving, there was not an inactive moment on stage.
MU students will have a chance to interact with sea turtles in Montezuma and enjoy local culture with host families in San José during a two-week trip to Costa Rica during winter break.
by Lenny Flank on Flickr (Creative Commons)/ Black river turtle in Costa Rica.
“You can get a taste of eco-tourism and service project at the same time.” said Jacquelyn Sandone, faculty program director of MU’s global service program in Costa Rica.
According to the program website, students will engage in service projects, including sea turtle protection, while traveling in Montezuma, a city famous for its eco-diversity located near the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula.