‘Asian Allure’ explores growth of ND Asian community

first_imgKevin Song | The Observer The Indian Association of Notre Dame performs a Bollywood dance at Thursday night’s rehearsal for this weekend’s Asian Allure shows.Ho said this year’s performances are different from past years in that there will be no skits. Instead, the event will feature stories submitted by faculty, alumni and students along with dance and fashion elements.“Each Asian club contributed a traditional dance piece,” she said. “There are more diverse individual performers who successfully auditioned for their roles in music, dance and spoken word.“There is also a fashion show that will showcase both the traditional and modern styles of Asian culture. Though it is a production showcasing Asian culture, the cast is in fact the most diverse it has ever been in terms of age, culture and talent.”Asian Allure aims to showcase Asian culture and better connect Notre Dame with the Asian community, Ho said.“Asian Allure is the only event that showcases every Asian cultural club in addition to non-affiliated acts on campus in performance,” Ho said. “Each year presents a different theme to serve the purpose of better connecting ND with the Asian community through understanding of the different cultures.”Ho said planning for Asian Allure began in July when the board began to think of ideas for the show.“The planning process began over the summer when I was selected to be the director in the end of July,” Ho said. “The Asian Allure Board was then established, and we immediately began brainstorming ideas of what the vision of Asian Allure should be this year in contrast to past productions.”Ho said auditions were held early in fall semester and rehearsals began shortly afterward.“Auditions took place in late September and selected performers were notified of their participation the same week, after which we immediately began collaboration,” she said.Ho said Asian Allure is not just put on by students for students.“Not only are students involved, but the alumni association and faculty of ND are as well,” she said. “Many visit just to watch the performance and experience the growth of the audience in numbers and diversity since their years on campus.“Though it may only seem like a mere production, Asian Allure annually reminds Notre Dame of the special presence of the Asian community of Notre Dame and how unique each individual is. It is not only a rewarding experience to those who are involved, but also to whomever come out to watch the show.”Asian Allure is held in collaboration with the Asian Pacific Alumni of Notre Dame, Chinese Culture Society, the Filipino American Student Organization, Indian Association of Notre Dame, Japan Club, Korean Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association, Tae Kwon Do Club, Project Fresh and individual student performers.Tickets will be available for $7 at the LaFortune Box Office until an hour before each show. Tickets can also be purchased for $10 at the door.Tags: Asian Allure, Asian American Association, Asian community, Jen Ho, There and Back Again The Asian American Association will hosts its annual signature performance, Asian Allure, on Friday and Saturday in the Washington Hall auditorium, junior Jen Ho, the event’s director, said.This year’s theme, “There and Back Again,” focuses on the Asian community at Notre Dame, Ho said.“This theme addresses the growth of the Asian community in Notre Dame throughout the years,” she said. “The production will carry the audience through a transition from the traditional to the new.”last_img read more

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Administration director proposes USG role changes

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government Program Board Finance and Administration Director Hahney Yo proposed several changes to USG administrative positions at the Senate meeting on Tuesday. Along with altering certain responsibilities for the president and the vice president, Yo also suggested eliminating several positions, a change that she said would increase efficiency and help improve project implementation.“As a member who is leaving USC, I think that USG can be run more effectively,” Yo said. “And I think these changes can help us be more useful to the student body.”The roles that Yo proposed changes for span multiple departments. Yo said that under her plan, the vice president would no longer be overseeing the advocacy branch. Instead, there would be a Senior Director of Advocacy in that role.“The entire advocacy branch is changing,” Yo said. “We are now no longer going to have any assistant directors, [and instead] there will be eight directors who will all be directly working on projects.” Yo added that the Treasurer would handle all of the USG accounts, which is currently her role — essentially eliminating her position. Yo said that because it might be difficult for the new Treasurer to fulfill both the responsibilities of Treasurer and the responsibilities of Finance and Administration Director, she was also in the process of creating an Excel template for the new Treasurer to adhere to. Furthermore, Yo said that one of her additional goals for the internal USG position changes was to make communication between the various branches of USG more transparent and efficient. A problem Yo noted from her experience on USG was that there were multiple redundant positions for each responsibility, and as a result, projects would either be over-managed or completely neglected.“A lot of the changes involve simply condensing the team because a lot of it contains associate directors and assistant directors, which is incredibly inefficient,” Yo said. “And to improve the executive branch’s communication with the students, the vice president will be organizing town halls. The president and vice president will also hold one-on-ones with executive officers to keep both channels open for communication.”Yo emphasized that her proposal was still subject to change and that she was open to any and all suggestions or recommendations from other students and senators. Besides Yo’s proposal to change responsibilities and roles within USG, other members of other USG departments also presented their completed and upcoming projects for the 2016-2017 school year. Sen. Daniel Newman presented his plans for spring admit reform and for the smoke-free campus initiative, and Sen. Tyler Matheson noted resolutions he had created to improve date rape testing, sexual assault education, greek community wellness and the counseling center. “In terms of date rape drug testing, there isn’t a viable solution on campus currently, so over winter break I contacted a lab that could help us with this,” Matheson said. “This is essentially an outsourcing initiative that we can pay $140 for — which is currently a quarter of the current cost — and I’m hoping to see it go through by the end of this semester.”last_img read more

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