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International dinner kicks off IEW with lively performances, diverse dishes

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International dinner kicks off IEW with lively performances, diverse dishes
Nov 20, 2014
By McKenzie Powell

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he International Student Union (ISU) kicked off Ohio University’s International Education Week (IEW) festivities with its annual International Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 15.

An annual tradition, the International Dinner is a way for members of the OHIO and greater Athens community to celebrate the many cultures at the University through the making and sharing of diverse dishes prepared by various student organizations.

“There’s been a lot of focus this year that having a global experience doesn’t always mean you have to go abroad, and I think this is a really good experience for people who might not otherwise get to try these types of foods,” said Annie Dievendorf, who is the graduate assistant for ISU. “It’s good to kind of kick off the week by saying, ‘Hey, international education doesn’t just mean studying abroad.’”

Tickets for this year’s International Dinner sold out in only four days, resulting in a total of 390 Bobcats, Athenians and guests packing the Baker University Center Ballroom for the event.

ISU was well prepared for the large number of attendees and even made sure to offer engaging activities to welcome guests before the dinner began.

In the lobby leading to the Ballroom, guests were welcome to visit information booths for UNICEF as well as for ISU member organizations and to participate in activities that included henna and origami.

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