Category: Multimedia

Cultural Connections Winter 2018(photos)

by Sifa Kasongo and Cynthia Ntinunu

The Center of Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) held a “Cultural Connections” event on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2018 in the Campus Center Auditorium. This was the second time Cultural Connections is happening; the first event was held at the beginning of the semester.

All photos credits go to Sifa Kasongo and Cynthia Ntinunu

Cultural Connections is a time for students, faculty, and staff to come together and get to know each other better. It’s a time and space where people can truly be themselves while enjoying various performances, conversations, and of course good food.

Performances included poetry reading by Student Government Association vice president Nathalie Amazan, dancing by Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA), a performance by Shaha: The Storytellers, and Irish step dancing by newly founded UMass Irish Dance.

The room was filled with friendship, laughter, and a mini dance battle between one student and faculty member. But most importantly, it was a welcoming space for all to come and leave their worries at the door.  

What Do You Love About Yourself?-Vox Pop(audio)

by Cynthia Ntinunu

Love. It’s a four letter word that has so much meaning to it. We love things. We love concepts. We love others. But what about loving ourselves? In a world that likes to tell you what you should look like, act like, and think like, it can be hard to look at yourself and say ‘I love me’. 

I took to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus to ask a simple question: What do you love about yourself? Listen to what people had to say: 

What do people at UMass Amherst love about themselves? We find out!