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Spartan Remix shows off MSU’s multicultural pride to new students

September 14, 2021
<p>In-between performances, the Spartan Remix planning committee conducted games and even held a lip sync battle to Chance the Rapper&#x27;s &quot;No Problem&quot; on Sept. 9, 2021. </p>

In-between performances, the Spartan Remix planning committee conducted games and even held a lip sync battle to Chance the Rapper's "No Problem" on Sept. 9, 2021.

Photo by Chloe Trofatter | The State News

The Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions hosted the 14th annual Spartan Remix Thursday night, allowing new and returning students the opportunity to check out the many multicultural organizations that Michigan State has to offer. 

The Council of Racial and Ethnic Students, or CORES, held the event, including the Black Student Alliance, the North American Indigenous Student Organization, the Asian Pacific American Student Organization and the Culturas de las Razas Unidas. Along with these groups, many other multicultural organizations helped coordinate the event. 

Offering free food with live music, the variety of clubs and Greek life present made this event truly unique and welcoming. 

Hundreds of students attended the event that was hosted behind the International Center, Wells and Erickson Hall. 

Some of the students that attended Spartan Remix came to learn about all of the different cultures on campus. 

Others came just to scope out what the event had to offer.

“I am here to check out all of the clubs and see all of the culture here and how the people interact with each other,” business preference freshman Sadia Balqisa said.

Even faculty came out to support this celebration of art, music and culture that allowed people of all different communities to take part in. One member was very happy to see the students taking it all in.

“I love to see students coming together to celebrate culture and community while welcoming a new class of Spartans,” College of Communication Arts and Sciences Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lauren Gaines McKenzie said via email. 

Mckenzie also was very interested in what the event had to offer. 

“I was excited to learn that there are quite a few student organizations that focus on activism, empowerment, and social justice.”

There were certain clubs that stood out, especially trying the multicultural food to one particular student.

“All of the clubs are interesting, mainly the Turkish club. The dessert there... (Baklava) I remember... I’m definitely considering joining,” games and interactive media freshman Tra’Don Bibb said. 

This event gave the chance for many to finally have a safe face-to-face experience with leaders of the participating organizations, something that everyone hasn't been able to experience since the start of the pandemic.

Hosts saw Spartan Remix as a successful event despite not having one last year due to COVID-19. Even though this event didn’t take place during Welcome Week, it still shared the same spartan spirit.

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