Two student organizations will hold a showcase at the Tate
Student Center tonight in an attempt to unite different ethnic
Sponsored by Lambda Phi Epsilon and Delta Phi Lambda, "A
Taste of Diversity" will begin at 7 in the Georgia Hall.
"We're trying to bring about cultural diversity at UGA," said Ronald
Chon, a junior from Atlanta and a vice president of Lambda Phi
Lambda Phi Epsilon, a national Asian-interest fraternity, and Delta
Phi Lambda, the University's Asian-interest sorority, organized the
"We want to show the student body that, 'Hey, there are other
people here and they have something to offer to the community,' "
said Sarah Cho, a senior from Alpharetta in charge of public
relations for Delta Phi Lambda.
"(The event) will be new to a lot of people because they don't know
what to expect at the cultural show," she said. "We want to
celebrate the differences that come together to create
The two groups will sell $1 raffle tickets before and during the
event to raise money for the World Trade Center Relief Fund,
which was established to assist families and dependents of the
victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"We are not expecting to raise too much money," Chon said. "But
we hope people will donate."
Cho said the amount of the donations depends on how many
students choose to attend.
Participants in the raffle have a chance to win $150 cash and other
prizes including gift certificates to restaurants like IHOP, On the
Border and Inoko.
"We have also received T-shirts donated by the UGA Bookstore
and Baxter Street Bookstore," Chon said.
Since the terrorist attacks, an event celebrating cultural unity
became especially appropriate, Cho said. But the attacks were not
the motivation for the event -- plans for the cultural show began
Admission is free, and students can enjoy a variety of cultural acts
and exhibits at the event.
"We have Chinese sword dancers and the black fraternities and
sororities will be performing step," Chon said.
Other notable appearances include an ROTC flag presentation, a
fashion show with costumes from the Taiwanese Consulate in
Atlanta and a performance from the University Swing Club.