By Florie “Fable” Santos, Contributing Writer

tasteofdiversity2The Alpha Chapter sisters of Delta Phi Lambda took University of Georgia (UGA) students on an adventure to find their cultural identity through a week of events from Nov. 9 to 13.

DPhiL Week 2015:“Adventures with DPhiL” consisted of events related to discovering one’s identity, like the kickoff that allowed students to take pictures with flags that describe their cultural background and a seminar discussing the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation. The main event of the week, however, was the Taste of Diversity held Nov. 11. For the past 14 years, the Taste of Diversity show has been a great way for people to experience different cultures through diverse foods from various organizations on UGA’s campus and performances from the contestants of Mr. Diversity.

This year, guests had an opportunity to try Che Thai, Kimbap, Pad Thai, and Thai Tea, and all the dishes were prepared by sisters. After everyone was finished eating, the competition segment of the evening began. The audience was taken on a journey that exposed them to a variety of cultures through the varying performances and was kept on the edge of their seats as the competition for the title of Mr. Diversity unfolded.

The competitors for the Mr. Diversity crown were: Vikram Singh (Mr. Delta Epsilon Psi), Jake Schaffer (Mr. Filipino Student Association), Michael Sun (Mr. Lambda Phi Epsilon), Yanik Desai (Mr. Sigma Beta Rho), Viet Nguyen (Mr. Vietnamese Student Association), and Tim Yuen (Mr. Xi Kappa). These men competed in front of a panel which consisted of three judges and were scored on their talent and the Q&A portion.

The performances demonstrated were by: Alpha Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc., UGA Asian American Student Association, Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc., Jacky Tran, Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc., UGA Caribbean Student Association, UGA Kalakaar, and of course, Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. The acts consisted of dances, band performances, and acapella medleys.

After the last performance of the evening, there was a short intermission, and during that time, the judges
deliberated over the decision of who would win the title of Mr. Diversity. Audience members had the opportunity to vote for Mr. People’s Choice by donating money into their preferred contestant’s jar. Once the donations were in and everyone was back in their seats, the title of Mr. People’s Choice was awarded to Jake Schaffer. The coveted title of Mr. Diversity was awarded to Viet Nguyen. Along with the title, Nguyen won $100 to go toward his organization, the Vietnamese Student Association.

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The night ended with a special performance by our Alpha chapter sisters and the reveal of their fall 2015 Alpha Iota Class.

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