International Festival

So you?re sitting around next weekend when you think to yourself, ?Hey, what happened to all those Glenn Close lookalikes from Homecoming last weekend? I miss them.? But just when you thought CMU students would have a weekend free of outside visitors, Coordinator of Student Development Emily Half and company bring you the 2005 International Festival, a three-day extravaganza packed with enough diversity to rival any event ever held at 5000 Forbes Avenue.

The theme of this year?s festival, ?Globally Green: Cultural Perspectives and Environmental Issues,? is shown in everything from the 200 flags that will soon adorn the UC to the trendy look-like-Davy-Crockett-chiseled-them ?wood pens? being used around campus.

Packed with interactive workshops, lectures, and performances, the days of November 3?5 are being designed by a team to ensure an educational and engaging experience for the campus community.

The eco-friendly festival kicks off Thursday afternoon with a keynote lecture by Sy Montgomery, a conservation expert delivering an optimistic message of hope in the age of oil rigs and the Man destroying all things green. Replacing the eastern European subtitle party of Thursday nights is The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, the true story
of a bohemian street performer and his troupe of wild red-and-green parrots.

Though held the same weekend as Family Weekend and an ?exciting opportunity for parents to see what happens on our campus,? Half explained that the International Festival is ?geared toward the students.? What should be specified, however, is that this festival will not appeal only to the resident PETA officials.

Take for example the Friday night highlight and keynote event, PHONK! Performed by Scraps Arts Music, this ?hyper-kinetic? (that should appeal to you physics kids) performance is best described as ?Stomp meets the Blue Man Group, but cooler.? Promising to ?stimulate all your senses,? PHONK! is the perfect evening entertainment to cap a day of mentally stimulating lectures and a physically stimulating international food fair.

Saturday continues a dizzying schedule with ?two or more events occurring at the same time,? Half remarked. Students can listen to African folktales by Temujin the Storyteller in the morning and learn how to make recycled envelopes and notebooks in the afternoon. March of the Penguins, the second-highest grossing documentary of all time, will play in McConomy Auditorium that evening.
Replete with speakers from across all oceans, the International Festival also highlights the CMU faculty. History professor John Soluri and M. Granger Morgan of the department of engineering and public policy are both holding lectures during the Festival. The CMU faculty has contributed ?an unprecedented amount? to the International Festival this year, Half noted.

The 2005 International Festival is going to make the UC look more like the UN this coming weekend. And even though Kermit the Frog lamented, ?It?s not easy being green,? this weekend and CMU is offering to share his burden.