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Raising awareness of Asian culture with sticky rice and UNC Lambda Phi Epsilon

The sale of mango sticky rice was oganized by the Associate Chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon at UNC in order to raise cultural awareness and raise.

To spread awareness of Asian culture, diversity and increase community awareness, UNC Lambda Phi Epsilon hosted a mango sticky rice sale on Friday.Mango sticky rice is a popular dessert originating from Southeast Asia. It is made with sticky rice, fresh mangoes and coconut milk.Lambda Phi Epsilon is one of UNC’s newer fraternities, which was founded in March 2013. Its mission is to inspire men to pursue a lifelong journey of personal growth and authenticity while also embracing Asian culture.The sticky rice sale is one way that contributes to Lambdas’ overall mission. While the event was predominantly designed to bring awareness to Asian culture by sharing a premium Asian dessert, it was also meant as a fundraising opportunity for the fraternity.

“It is a cultural awareness sort of event,” said Tanas Gangadhar, a junior in Lambda Phi Epsilon. “We are trying to be culturally aware — it’s an Asian dish – but at the same time, raise our presence in the community by having these sort of events, and at the same time, fundraising.”Editors PicksAkira is reimagined with musician Micah Moses new score for the anime classic How do you take your coffee? Hopefully, with gender equality Duke-UNC Sangeet is bringing tradition to Chapel Hill and breaking down stereotypes.The fraternity plans on putting the raised funds aside for future use. “For the fundraiser, we raise money for the chapter,” Gangadhar said.“Because, right now, we are selling these, but at other events, we actually give out food for free. Certain days for Asian American awareness we give out certain dishes that are free to the public.

For those events, we need funds for that.” Some mango sticky rice sale attendees enjoyed the dish because it brought back childhood memories.“I really like mango sticky rice,” said sophomore Daniel Hong. “I have always, whenever I go to Asian restaurants, they always have this as a dessert.As a kid, I was always begging my parents to please get this.” Odaly Rivas, a member of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.said she came to show support. Rivas also gave positive feedback toward the Lambdas Phi Epsilon fraternity.

I know some of the brothers, and they are really nice,” Rivas said. “They are always active on campus.They are active on the (Greek Alliance) Council, too. One of their brothers is on the (executive board) with me.”For UNC students wanting to get involved with Lambda Phi Epsilon, the fraternity hopes to host more community events before the end of the spring semester. Next up in Student Life514 UNC students are on Seeking Arrangement.

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Young Talent Performs to Benefit Local Arts Ed

He attended a 2017 camp in Nashville and a 2018 experience in Los Angeles and became the featured artist on the Nashville album on SoundCloud.
Harrison Finks and Evie Grace Fowler belied the event’s title as they quickly proved to be established performers, comfortable in the intimate setting of UTM’s Blankenship Recital Hall.
Finks, at 16, brought an extensive resume to his piano bench, including back up for American Idol finalist Jessica Meuse, sitting in with BB King’s All Stars and Memphis Soul Remedy, a regular gig with a Beale Street band and playing organ and piano at his ethnically diverse church in his hometown of Memphis. Fowler, a 15-year-old singer/songwriter proved equally adept at expressing her own lyrics and the familiar phrases of several pop tunes.
Her original song “Last Days,” included in Monday night’s set, was released in April of 2018 and can be found on iTunes and other outlets.As frequent contributors of talent to various fundraisers, the couple was drawn to this most recent endeavor partly because of ties to the area.
Finks’ grandparents Joe and Shirley Willhite are Martin residents and his grandmother was a professor at UT Martin for more than 30 years. Both sets of Fowler’s grandparents (Linda and Travis Shumate and Paula and Randy Chapman) are Union City residents.
The concert benefitted the UTM Community Music Academy and the fledging Weakley Arts Can advocacy effort which Dr. Julie Hill, the chair of UTM’s Department of Music and one of the hosts Monday evening, is helping to launch.
In a meet and greet reception for the artists and supporters prior to the concert, Hill reflected on the course-setting encouragement she received as a young music student at Martin Elementary. She then expressed regret that overall the arts have “declined in the area, in our schools and communities.
”“Students need the opportunity to draw, to act, to dance, to play,” she said. “That’s what tonight is about.
”The Community Music Academy provides affordable music lessons for young people in western Tennessee and Kentucky. The Weakley Arts Can organizers are looking to increase interaction with the arts for students across the county beginning with a request for yearlong elementary music and art.

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