From ethnic identity to electric violin, a variety of cultural clubs and performances were present Wednesday night at Michigan State University’s Spartan Remix.
“[Spartan Remix] is really intimate, you could find a family here,” Spartan Remix Student Coordinator and human biology senior Chiffa Abdalla Hassan said.
Spartan Remix was initially scheduled to take place outdoors but was postponed for a week due to thunderstorms. According to graphic design senior and event coordinator Daveeda Fitih Turner, this resulted in a lower turnout, but she’s happy the event was still able to take place.
“I’m not gonna lie, if it was just us working on this, it would have not worked at all,” Fitih Turner said. “But the fact that everyone was willing to come together, understand that weather is not something we can control and come out to really represent themselves is a blessing.”
For students like premedical sophomore Jalilah Carson, the rain did not keep them from joining in the fun.
“It was just eye-opening, a fun experience,” said Carson. “I learned a lot about the different organizations and clubs that I look forward to being a part of.”
Carson plans to join Successful Black Women and the MSU Black Students’ Alliance after finding them during the event.
Hassan said the event solves problems students of color may have with Sparticipation, MSU’s annual club-finding event, because they can get "so overwhelmed." The layout of Sparticipation can be hard to navigate and many students do not know where to go, she said.
Spartan Remix’s booths were occupied by over 50 Indigenous, religious, international and other cultural organizations.
One booth for Timetzalimet, an Indigenous Latinx student organization, displayed dream catchers, smudge sticks, colorful weavings and a coyote pelt next to a note reading, “Pet me!”
“We can’t leave our narrative and history to anyone else…we want to represent ourselves,” Timetzalimet secretary Julia Tehauno said.
The organization has weekly meetings where students create crafts such as traditional corn husk dolls and stuffed animals.
“What we want is a positive and uplifting space,” Tehauno said.