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Students for free Tibet host celebration

October 21, 2008

Megan Junkermeier
University Chronicle (St. Cloud State University, Minnesota USA)
October 20, 2008

Multi-colored streamers led up the stairs to the Atwood Ballroom
where Tibet Night was hosted from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The organization, Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), organized the
event and included presentations of information about Tibet, dances,
speeches and music to create an atmosphere of Tibetan culture.

Above the stage, hanging in the background was a large painting that
read "My Land and My People."

It was decorated with colorful paintings and pictures. A few other
displays around the room enhanced the artistic view of Tibet.

Tibet Night commenced with the national anthem and speeches by the
SFT president and the SFT adviser, Dan Wildeson.

Tseten DeKhang presented information on Tibetan location, culture,
lifestyles, religion and apparel. He said hopefully after Tibet Night
people can go home and know they have learned more about Tibet.

One speaker said she did not know very much about Tibet until she got
involved with the organization.

There were many volunteers working at the Tibet Night, overseeing the evening.

The women who volunteered were dressed in Tibetan clothing, dresses
of beautiful colors similar to the dresses of the performers.

Some volunteered because they were friends with some of the SFT
members and to learn about international cultures.

Christina Amatya, a Nepali student at SCSU, was one of the volunteers
at Tibet Night.

"I have friends who I know in this so I volunteer. I will get a
chance to learn about other cultures," she said.

Some students from Tibet connect with students from Nepal because of
the unrest in both countries.

"I am from Nepal so I have friends that are from Tibet and some were
refugees from Tibet. They knew our culture well and can speak our
language," Amatya said.

Others volunteer because of the benefits they can receive as
International students. "All International students volunteer.
[Students] can get scholarships if they volunteer for International
group or event," Amatya said. Some of the benefits include in-state
tuition fees instead of having to pay an increased amount to attend SCSU.

Tibet Night included dances such as the Lhasa dance, Potala Tibetian
dance, Lharing dance and a special dance by Anjita Thapa. Each dance
included members of the organization dancing with dresses of vivid
colors and music to accompany the dances.

The music portion of the evening included performers that were
singing and playing the guitar. The Tibetian song, "Ama," was
performed by three members and many attendees accompanied the
performers. The Nepali song, performed by two members of the
organization, influenced a number of people in the audience to clap
and sing along to the familiar tune.

Toward the end of the evening, a fashion show assisted the students
in describing the cultural aspects of the way that Tibetan people dress.

Dinner was included at the end of the performances and it included a
meal of common Tibetan foods. Some food served was chicken curry,
potato curry, vegetable curry, rice, spicy tomato chili, Tibetan
sweet rice and khabsay. Tibetan tea was also offered for people who attended.

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their upcoming events, visit
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