Students host Cultural Check Point event in Hubbard Hall
Traveling around the world can be too expensive for many college students, so the intercultural aides and student government in Hubbard Hall decided to make the opportunity easier.
On Wednesday night, the two groups came together to host Cultural Check Point, an event aimed at educating students about the different cultures at MSU.
Nine student organizations, including representatives from the Coalition of Racial and Ethnic Students, or CORES, groups each had booths set up. Students circulated the room in teams of two trying to answer questions about each culture in an effort to win a prize.
To be eligible, the students had to answer a question correctly at each of the booths to advance.
Intercultural aide and dietetics senior Skye Jones said they wanted the event to have a theme similar to the show Amazing Race, where students could experience cultures from around the world.
In addition to the competition, students were able to enjoy free food representing ethnicities from around the globe, and some students participated in a game of musical chairs.
Jones said the intercultural aides and student government have been putting the event together for three weeks.
“We were thinking about ways to make (learning about other cultures) fun,” she said. “A resource fair would have been boring. Everybody loves a race and competition.”
Even students who weren’t participating in the competition still stopped at the booths and asking questions to learn more about the different student groups, Jones said.
Psychology and political science freshman Ashli Bynum is Hubbard’s student government advertising chair and said the group wanted their last event to be a collaboration with other groups.
“Events like this are a good way to show students how to get involved,” she said.
“We hope they learn about a lot of different cultures.”
Culturas de las Razas Unidas, or CRU, Vice Chair Jesus Rodriguez said the relaxed atmosphere allowed students to feel more comfortable engaging with
cultures different than their own.
Rodriguez, an advertising sophomore, said he enjoyed asking people questions about Hispanic culture.
“It’s fun, entertaining and you get to teach people stuff,” he said. “We’re not expecting them to remember everything, but if they can remember a fact or associate facts with a smell, it can help.”
Finance senior Evan Kennebrew said he came to the event to meet new people and enjoyed seeing so many different student organizations in one place.
“I liked the diversity here,” he said.
“It was nice to see everyone come together and enjoy this experience.”