Week: Sri Lankan Panel
As one of the first
events of DIYA week, Deshi and FFS sponsored Sri Lanka: Causes of Conflict,
Possibilities for Peace: a
conversation with Mithran Tiruchelvam on Sunday, Nov 17th in the IC Big
Room. Mithran, a Sri Lankan law student at the University of Pennsylvania,
is the son of noted lawyer, intellectual, and civil rights activist Neelan
Tiruchelvam. The one-hour discussion focused on different aspects of the
current peace process including the sentiments of civilians, international
aid, and the desires of the LTTE. Attendance at the event was high, and
students appreciated Mithran's first-hand experience with and knowledge
about Sri Lanka. We are excited that DIYA week was able to include an
event about Sri Lanka and hope that it can continue again next year. Many
thanks to Mithran, FFS, and Jeanne Marecek for making the event possible!
Our new co-presidents
for the Fall 2002-Spring 2003 are Sachin Kale '04 and Nicola Wells '05!
They will be replacing Chirag Chotalia '04 and Renuka Nayak '04.
We did a super awesome
job last semester and we are here do a super awesome job this semester
too! There will be guest speakers, a movie screening, a Holi celebration
and a Holi party in PACES. Stay tuned!
After the attacks
on September 11, South Asians around the nation have avoided celebrating
their South Asian culture because they feared a backlash from fellow American
denizens. Sadly, South Asian support groups have cancelled festivities
to celebrate South Asian holidays like Diwali. However, Swarthmore College
has supported South Asian students throughout the semester and provided
a safe-space for us. Therefore, we are happy and excited present Diwali
Week from November 5- November 10. To see what's in store for the week,
view the calendar.
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This year, Deshi is
starting a Big Siblings (Big Sibs) program to help incoming students by
answering their questions (about academics, housing, social scene, course
selection and registration, classes, professors, etc.) throughout the
summer and the school year. We hope to match each incoming student with
a current student. If you would like to be a Big Sib or a Little Sib,
please send an email to Renuka