This Thursday, the Organization of Arab Students (OAS) will transform the Student Union for Arab Day, the annual cultural celebration designed to showcase all that the club has to offer.
Held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Arab Day will feature a variety of cultural food and music, and posters with information about Arab countries will be on display. Every $4 meal will include falafel, hummus, rice pudding, pita bread and a soft drink.
There will also be raffles for hookahs and t-shirts.
"[We want] to raise awareness about the club, our culture and our music," said Aurora Abousaid, a senior political science major and president of OAS. "You don't have to be Arab to be a part of OAS. Everyone is welcomed."
This is the first year that Arab Day is being held in the SU lobby.
"Last year it was held in the Flag Room, and we hope that this year more people will join us," Abousaid said.
In addition to Arab Day, OAS also hosts a variety of other events throughout the year, including hookah nights, free belly dancing lessons and Arab Night.
"Arab Night is our big fall banquet," Abousaid said. "Last year, 410 people attended our Arab Night at Salvatore's [Italian Gardens]."
OAS is looking forward to collaborating with other SA clubs – particularly the Latin American, Pakistani and Indian Student Associations – on a number of other events for this academic year.
General body meetings will be scheduled shortly. Until then, Abousaid encourages interested students to visit the OAS office at 375 Student Union for more information.