Luau Welcomes Students to a New Semester
By Dana Lech

Students enjoying the music at the luau this past Wednesday.

Student were welcomed back to a new semester on Feb. 8 at the Luau Day Jam sponsored by the Student Association. Students gathered during free hour outside the 4th Floor Ballroom in the Student Union to unwind and enjoy themselves.

Upon entering, the first 100 students received Hawaiian leis and colorful maracas. Loud reggae
and hip-hop beats filled the room beckoning students to let loose on the spacious dance floor.
Many people gathered on the floor to dance to the current hits with their friends and meet new
people. There was a rich buffet of food from vegetarian to kosher including egg rolls, pita, fruit,
sushi, and mini hotdogs. Everyone seemed to have a good time.

Nazia Tabassum, the vice-president of the Student Association, decided this year’s welcome back
party should have a tropical theme as a sort of “winter getaway from the cold.” She explained this
event was because of the Student Association’s continued tradition of welcome-back-to-school
events.” Nazia felt this party was a great way for students to take advantage of free hour and take
a break from classes to meet new people and have fun while eating and dancing. The co-sponsors
for this event were United People, Gamma Omega Delta, and CDS. At the entrance to the party was
a table filled with fliers for some upcoming events hosted by the Student Association, and pins and
lollipops for students who would donate a dollar or more to Hurricane Katrina relief. Tabassum stated that this fundraiser was an ongoing campaign and that students should not forget the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. She felt this event was a success because of the hundreds of participants from different clubs and diverse backgrounds who came together to have a good time. The Student Association had been planning for this event since last semester and would like to thank all of the participants for this event’s success.

Students felt this party was an overall success in many ways. Ida Reinhart came for the “free food and drinks” and felt “this was one of my favorite parties at Queens College.” Roman Khizhayayu came for “all the food” and music. Alex Kaminsky felt this event was great since “it was a time for students to take off, have a good time, meet people, and eat good food.” BC Oyelise came with his friends and felt this “Day Jam was better than last year because of the good turnout.” He stated that the “music seems to be in place for the various multicultural students on campus.”

There will be an Open House hosted by the Student Association on Wednesday February 15 during free hour in SU 319. The event provides free snacks and drinks and students can collect a CLIQ point.