Office for Student Engagement Celebrates Chinese New Year

Students and Faculty enjoying Chinese food at OSE's celebration of the Chinese New Year. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)
Students and Faculty enjoying Chinese food at OSE’s celebration of the Chinese New Year. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)

By TERRY LAKINS, Student Life Editor

The Office for Student Engagement celebrated Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey, with decorations and Chinese food at the University Center, room 2136, on Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Reetha Raveendran, the director, said they were celebrating this event because of the school’s large Chinese population.

“It is important to us to recognize and celebrate such festivals because we do have students who are so far away from home,” Raveendran said. “This would be one way for them to enjoy and celebrate together on campus.”

Bingqi Cao, who is majoring in mechanical engineering, is originally from Shandong, China. Cao said he enjoys studying in America and interacting with the students on campus.

“It’s very good,” Cao said. “It’s professional and it’s a good program.”

Cao also said that he is able to communicate very well with his professors and that he feels he has more freedom to express himself. Though Cao misses his home in China, he was very happy this event was made to cater to his culture and homeland.

“This the first time I was out of my home to celebrate the New Year,” Cao said. “I appreciate it that they made this feel like home.”