Carnival offers international students taste of domestic culture

The International Student Association is hosting a carnival and giving away cotton candy in front of Knight Library. The carnival is part of I-Week.

“We wanted to do something fun that would get everybody instantly

ISA is giving away cotton candy in front of Knight Library. (Max Thornberry/Emerald)

involved,” Derek Bishop, director of International Week said. “We thought a carnival was good because, in the middle of the day, people would walk by and anybody could recognize what a carnival is and get involved.”

Students that want to enjoy the sun can play darts with velcro soccer balls and a giant inflatable dart board or jump in a bounce house.

Bishop said ISA has been working on I-Week since winter term. University of Oregon event services and local businesses have pitched-in to help out. ISA has raised more than $2,000 in sponsorships Bishop said.

International Week is designed to bridge the gap between domestic and international students. Both international and domestic events are teaching moments for students at UO, Bishop said.

“We’re trying to do cultural events and we feel that a carnival is a great cultural event for the U.S.,” Bishop said. “As much as we are doing things from around the world, we also want to bring the US into this too.”

The carnival is planned to run until 2 p.m.

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