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Foreign Students Guests At Dinner
International Banquet On . Campus Attracts 300
In an atmosphere of informal cordiality characteristic of the American institution of Thanksgiving, Ann Arbor and the University played hosts last night to approximately 300 foreign students on the I dampus at the annual International Dinner.
What might have been a lonely, homesick holiday for many of these representatives of 58 foreign lands, some of them more than 6,000 miles away from home, became an occasion for gladness as the students partook of American turkey and plum pudding and then responded with a demonstration of their own native ceremonials and entertainment.
Opening of the new International Center in the wing of the Michigan Union this year was the theme of the brief program of talks.
Dr: Alexander G. Ruthven, president of the University, told the foreign students, “It is your responsibility to develop the possibilities of the center. We planned it as a place where you can increase your associations with each other yet not be isolated from American students."
Like Atmosphere In response, Jan Erik Leander, travelling fellow from Stockholm, Sweden, said that the University of Michigan is favored by foreign students "because they find the right atmosphere to encourage their studies here. They feel at home at Ann Arbor."
He paid tribute to Prof. J Raleigh Nelson, director of the International Center and counselor to foreign students as "the spirit behind the center."
The "International Night” program included a Japanese tea ceremony, a South American tango, Chinese shadow boxing, sword dance and demonstration of shuttle-cock, a Turkish folk dance and dances associated with the Philippine rice festival -- all performed by. foreign students from these various lands.
Foreign attainments in American pastimes were recognized, too, as awards were made to students who had won tournaments held at the International Center. Murloh L. Woo, a Chinese from Shanghai, was recognized as the best bridge player, and Chang-Kuei Tsu, also from Shanghai, won the ping pong competition. A trophy was presented to the all-Chinese soccer team, victors over an International team representing other nationalities on the campus.
Forty Turkeys Served Forty roast turkeys and "all the trimmings," paraded through the ballroom of the Union to be served at as many individual tables, helped make the occasion a festive one. At each table was a host, in most cases a faculty member who carved and served the turkey in "family style."