With the semester coming to an end, many students are preparing for their travels before winter break begins. However, some clubs at Keene State College still have events planned as an added stress reliever during finals week.
On Friday, Dec. 8, KSC’s Common Ground Multicultural Club held a holiday celebration. The event included holiday themed foods and drinks (eggnog, pastries, jerked beef, apple cider, etc.), music of all varieties and small activities based on the different celebrations.
Each table at the event featured one of the five traditional festivities. Common Ground filled the tables with symbols and descriptions of the different holidays’ origins.
Christmas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, and Sankta Lucia’s sections all held familiar items such as a mini Christmas Tree, Candle light, Minora and clay dreidels, and Lucia’s Crown.
Kwanzaa’s table was a bit more interactive. Beside the Kinora and description, the club decided to create a Unity Wreath out of guests’ paper hand cut-outs to signify the diversity and unity among the school and holidays of that evening.
KSC senior and Intern to the President’s Office for Social Media Coordination Connor Bell said in an email “the location of the wreath is TBD,” but it can be expected to be placed around a well-populated area for students, faculty and visitors to have the ability to see its significance for the college.
KSC junior and club Vice President Kate Chestna said that she spent the night decorating gingerbread-men cookies, coloring holiday-themed pages, and hanging out with friends.
“I celebrate Christmas,” Chestna said, “I don’t think anyone on our E-Board celebrates Kwanzaa or Hanukkah, but the other three are celebrated by at least one of us.”
She believes the celebration is a good way to show KSC what the club’s passion and purpose is in a fun event for all KSC students.
Chestna said, “I was talking to Melinda Treadwell, the Interim President, and she was talking to us about wanting to do this [event] next year.”
KSC junior and club President Brianna Neely said that Common Ground holds similar events year round. “Right now we have the holiday celebration going on, we are going to do a slam poetry in the spring, [and] in the fall we did something for Día de los Muertos…”
Neely said that the club goes on trips and tries to “encourage and spread diversity all over campus.” She hopes that these “more public” events will promote the club and create interests in students to join the club.
After several attempts to contact Melinda Treadwell, she was unavailable to confirm or comment on the matter.
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